Metter High graduating senior Ian Glanton has signed with Georgia Southern University to play golf for the Eagles.
“It is a great feeling to sign to play golf at Georgia Southern. It was the first of 14 different colleges that I was asked to visit, and I knew immediately that I wanted to play for Coach (Carter) Collins and Coach (Crawford) Simmons at Georgia Southern,” said Glanton.
Glanton started playing golf at Metter Middle School in the 6th grade after Coach Vicki Bowen invited him to play on the golf team, and he has been focused ever since.
“Golf means everything to me. I love the sport. I enjoy practicing and then competing. I like the fact that I can work as hard as I want and don’t need others to practice or play. I love playing golf,” he said.
Glanton said he chose Georgia Southern for Coach Collins and Coach Simmons and its “family atmosphere.”
“The practice facilities, golf house and courses that we will play are the best you can find. Georgia Southern is competing at a high level, and I’m honored to be part of a special place,” he said.
At Georgia Southern, Glanton plans to major in business. He is excited to play college golf for the next four years at Georgia Southern, and he hopes to keep playing professionally post-baccalaureate.
Glanton was part of the 2018 and 2019 MHS State Championship Teams, and he was also the Individual State Champion in 2019.
In addition, he has won multiple junior golf tournaments, competing against the best, not only in Georgia, but all over the US and the world.
At Metter’s own Willow Lake Golf Club, Glanton currently holds the course record with a score of 62.
“I am thankful for all the support from my friends and my family. I am especially thankful for the help and support from Gregg Wolff, Coach Vicki Bowen and Coach William Altman. They have all been behind me since the beginning. I am super excited to play for Georgia Southern who is ranked 29th in the country and to play for and be mentored by Coach Collins and Coach Simmons,” Glanton said.
Glanton is the son of Scott and Erin Glanton of Metter.