By Thomas Sellers Jr.
What started as quality time with father David transformed into a quest.
Then later Tipton-Rosemark Academy senior Colton Hall’s drive to be better than his peers on the golf course became a dream to play college golf. On April 24 in the lobby of TRA among family and friends, Hall inked the dotted line to make his dream to come true signing to play at Christian Brothers University.
“He started by playing with me on the weekends a little,” David Hall recalled. “He started enjoying the game. Then he had some friends who were playing who were a whole lot better than him. That gave him the competitive spirit so he could play with his friends. So he kept getting lessons and getting free advice from a lot of different people.”
The 11-year-old Colton was your typical Tipton County child. He played baseball and other sports like basketball. But the weekend hobby of golf grew into a passion when Colton set a goal to be better at the game than his baseball peers.
“I wanted to be as good as they are so it just made me go out there and work as hard,” Hall recalled. “I had to out-do anybody I played. I strived by doing all that work to be better than them.”
The matches at the Covington Country Club quickly became competitive. By the time Colton was 13 years old he was ready to join the varsity team at TRA.
“It happen basically over one summer,” David noted of his growth in the game. “He went from an average golfer to one of the better golfers around. Everyday he went out and played with somebody different, somebody usually better than him. He took tips from a lot of different people. Eventually he put it all together with his game.”
With his game still developing, Hall made a splash on the TSSAA golf scene before he entered the halls of TRA’s high school.
“I didn’t take over until he was a sophomore,” TRA Golf Coach Andrew Womack said. “But knowing as an eighth grader, he finished fourth in the Region and qualified for State, not too many kids come into golf as an eighth grader in Division and quality for State. We knew he was really special just because how competitive our golf Region is. You knew something special was going to happen.”
Hall kept progressing during his tenure at Rosemark making multiple trips to State and winning several titles and medals.
The older brother of Houston and Addie Hall, Colton used the game of golf to set a positive example for them. Through the game, Colton’s mother Vickie said her son has developed stronger leadership skills.
“Colton is definitely a leader in everything he does,” she said. “He wants to be the best. He’s a absolutely wonderful big brother. And those characterists translated onto the golf course and with his team.”
Womack said Hall was the ideal leader from posting solid scores each round and taking moments to mentor the younger Rebels.
“Just watching the way he works, he wanted to practice everyday, never wanted to take a day off,” he said. “He really encouraged the other kids to go out there and work hard and practice on their game. He wouldn’t spend all the his time working on his own game.
“If he wasn’t working with the other players, no telling how good of an individual he could be,” Womack continued. “But watching him work with the other kids increased his leadership abilities and take him a long way in life.”
Hall’s original dream school was The University of Alabama. Although he received interested from Division I schools, Hall was involved in so much at TRA he had to dedicate some of his time away from the golf course.
“It feels good, I might not have gotten exactly what I wanted,” Colton said, “but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now.
“If I had played nothing but golf year around it might have been a different outcome,” he acknowledged. “But I don’t have any regrets playing all the sports I did. I made a lot of great memories. I wouldn’t trade this for anything.”
Womack said CBU has a natural-born leader, an athlete and a player who is passionate about the game.
“Christian Brothers definitely got a steal,” he said. “Colton is good enough to play golf at a very high level. Taking to their coach, he has an opportunity to be one of their top golfers as a freshman. Whenever you can do that in college, that’s special. He has a chance to be one of the building stones and turn their program around.”
Since the age of 12 Colton has been better than his Dad. He is among the best in the area with his peers and now he has signed to be a college golfer.
“It means a lot. I just signed my life away for another four years of golf,” Colton said with a big smile. “I worked hard for it and I’m glad it finally paid off.”