Darrett Brinker has been named the new Wildcat golf coach, according to TCHS athletic director Taylor Sparks.
“Darrett has played professional golf and has signed on with the community long term. We’re pleased that we could find someone with his expertise, and he has a good rapport with the players,” Sparks said.
Brinker went to college at Ball State University where he was a member of the men's golf team from 1989-93. As a senior, Brinker was an All-Mid-American Conference First-Team selection and was selected the league's Sportsman of the Year. After college, Brinker played professional golf and won 30 mini-tour events. He was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year and is also a member of the Evansville Sports Hall of Fame.
His family is well known in the golf business. The Brinkers own Eagle Valley Golf Course in Evansville, Ind., which they have turned into a profitable business venture.
In June, Brinker’s family leased Arrowhead Golf Course from Marshall Roberts and plan to turn the local course into another profitable venture.
Brinker said the golf team will practice and likely play their home matches at Arrowhead.
“I love teaching and want the kids to have fun, but you have to put some work into it,” he said. “We want to play at a high level and show the desire to play.”
Brinker inherits a Wildcat golf team that returns five of their top six golfers from last year’s squad that finished fifth at the region meet.
But the Wildcats had higher hopes after not losing a dual match until the final week of the season and finishing second at two major invitationals during the season.
“We’re hoping to develop their skills with the narrow fairways here at Arrowhead and hope this course can challenge them to be ready for other courses they play,” Brinker said.
The new coach will also take over a girls’ team that has seen their numbers dwindle in recent years after winning the region title just a few years ago.
“They are still in the developmental stages, and we’re working with them on the range and the greens to get them prepared for match play,” Brinker said.
Brinker replaces John Mark Vinson, who resigned earlier this year after four years as head coach.
Trigg County opened their season Monday at the Christian County Invitational and will play at Calvert City Thursday.