HARLINGEN — On Thursday, Brandon Garza became the first student-athlete from Harlingen School of Health Professions to sign a letter of intent to play sports at the next level.
Garza put pen to paper and is now set to play golf at BethanyCollege in Lindsborg, Kansas.
“I’ve always dreamt of this day. It is all surreal right now,” said Garza, who plays golf for Harlingen South. “It’s a blessing that I will be able to play the game I love at the next level.”
Garza is a four-year letterman and has been a big part of the Hawks golf program. As a sophomore Garza made the regional finals as part of his team and his junior season he qualified for the regional meet as an individual.
“Brandon has always wanted to play at the next level,” said South golf coach Larry Kruse. “He is a very dedicated kid and is a hard worker. He has done what he has needed to do and he has been a sponge throughout his career. As his coach, I couldn’t be more proud. There is just no quit in him.”
Garza will look to fit right as part of the Swedes golf program, which competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Program as part of the NAIA, and said he is ready to adjust to college life.
“I like the idea of a small school,” he said. “The coaching staff is great and I know they will help me both on the course and in the classroom. My parents are excited to see me reach one of my dreams. This year I’m hoping we make regionals as a team and make the state meet.”