Prince Avenue alumnus and stand-out golfer Will Kahlstorf has received a great deal of attention throughout his middle and high school years for his ability on the course. Mostly self-taught in his younger years, Will graduated from Prince Avenue with a stroke average of 72.4, led the Wolverines to a fourth-place finish in this year’s Class A Private state tournament, and was voted Athens Banner-Herald Golfer of the Year for three consecutive years. The class of 2018 graduate started his college golf career at the University of Georgia this fall.
While these accomplishments are admirable and worthy of attention, sometimes it is the unseen and little known that deserve the accolades. A player’s character and integrity are not displayed on the leaderboard, but from time to time, perhaps they should be.
Recently Will had the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Open local qualifier in which the top 8 advance to sectionals. From there, the top four qualify for the U.S. Open. Just to have the opportunity to play in the qualifier was an honor, but Will was not just playing; he was playing well. “At the time, I think I was even or one over going into the fourth hole.”
It was the fourth hole where Will made a mistake. His mistake was not in his club choice or the mechanics of his swing. “When I got to the fourth hole, I reached down and pulled my rangefinder out and shot the distance out of habit. When I shot it, I realized that I wasn't supposed to do that in this event. Rangefinders are not allowed.”