Walker golfer Burnett signs with Faulkner
by Johnathan Bentley
Apr 21, 2014 | 1468 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker’s Matthew Burnett signed a letter-of-intent with Faulkner University earlier this month. He will play golf at the Montgomery school. Present at the signing were, seated from left, Donna Burnett and Matthew Burnett, back row, Walker coach Scott Mansell, David Burnett and Faulkner’s Connor McLean. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Walker’s Matthew Burnett signed a letter-of-intent with Faulkner University earlier this month. He will play golf at the Montgomery school. Present at the signing were, seated from left, Donna Burnett and Matthew Burnett, back row, Walker coach Scott Mansell, David Burnett and Faulkner’s Connor McLean. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker’s Matthew Burnett is fulfilling a childhood dream.

The Walker senior golfer knew from an early age that he wanted to play at the collegiate level.

He made that a reality earlier this month, signing with Faulkner University. He will play golf at the Montgomery school starting next year.

“I’ve been playing golf since I was 8. From then on, I wanted to be a college golfer,” said Burnett, who selected Faulkner as his college of choice back in October. “I heard it was a really good Christian college. I like the campus and the way they treat the students. Me being Church of Christ, this was my first choice.”

Burnett is one of four seniors on this year’s squad along with Ty Tubbs, Jace Kemp and John Michael Reeves.

The Vikings hope to earn a spot in the state tournament at the sub-state tournament next month.

Either way, Burnett is pleased with his performance this season.

“I’ve had a really good year,” Burnett said. “I’ve done pretty well. I’ve come close to placing in all our tournaments. I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to.”

Burnett has been one of the top golfers for the Vikings for the last four years.

“The kid is a worker. He takes his game very serious,” said Walker golf coach Austin Mansell. “He’s our No. 1 golfer and has been all year. He’s very consistent. He’s shot in the 70s all year long. It doesn’t seem like anything bothers him. He can drop a stroke and he always finds a way to get it back. He has a great mental game, plus the golf game to go with it.”

At Faulkner, Burnett will play for coach Travis Lauterbach, who is in his second year at the school. Former Curry player Hunter Fikes is also a member of the Eagles’ golf team.