WC’s Amanda Cox chooses Midway

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By John Overby

Pursuing her dream of playing college golf has led WC senior golfer Amanda Cox to Midway College.

The program, which currently has one golfer, is in its first year of competing and almost lost out on their chance at Cox, who wanted to attend Midway all along because of their “state-of-the-art nursing program.”

“Midway was originally my first choice, but I crossed it out because they didn’t have a golf team,” Cox said. “When I found out they had one, I started really looking into it, and I toured the campus. I fell in love with it immediately.”

Cox became aware of this new development when Midway Head Coach Otis Smith was recruiting golfers at the All-A Classic Statewide Tournament.

After meeting with Cox for the first time, Smith knew right away that she would be the right fit for his squad.

“First and foremost, we’re looking for good character at Midway,” Smith said, “and with Amanda, you can actually see that when you first meet her. She’s the total package and is exactly the type of golfer we were looking for.”

Cox plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and obtain a master’s in nursing to become a neo-natal nurse practitioner.

With the college’s stellar reputation in this field and the small class sizes (“The big schools scare me,” she said. “There are just too many people.”), her decision soon became clearer than ever before.

“I’m very excited about going to Midway,” Cox said. “I’m excited to start playing golf and get a solid college education. This is the first time I’ve felt super sure about something.”

And Smith is equally as pleased with Cox’s choice.

“I’m looking forward to big things in the coming years,” Smith said. “We couldn’t be happier about welcoming Amanda and her family into the Midway family.”