Ringgold’s Estes Joining Bobcat Links Squad
(Ringgold, GA) – As a youngster, Jordan Estes competed in just about every sport there was to play.
But it was the sport he discovered last that will serve as his future.
The Ringgold Tiger golf standout will take his prodigious talents to Georgia Northwestern this fall to join a recruiting class that will feature some of the top prep talent in the area.
Estes won back-to-back Region 5-AAA championships the past two seasons and will be making a third straight individual trip to the state tournament on Monday, looking to improve on a career-best 13th place showing as a sophomore.
“I’m really excited to have Jordan,” GNTC golf coach Jared Willerson said. “He’s one of the best players in north Georgia. I’ve watched him play several tournaments and he’s really impressed me with his on-course demeanor, his swing and the way he just keeps battling even if something goes went wrong.
“He just continues to keep playing hard and that’s the kind of players we’re looking for at Georgia Northwestern. The future is bright for us and he’ll make us competitive right off the bat this fall.”
Unlike many of today’s top junior players, Estes didn’t pick up a club until middle school and then only for a limited time during the year.
“My uncle thought I had some natural ability so he put a club in my hands for the first time in sixth grade,” Estes explained. “I played but I would put the clubs up every summer and I did that through my sophomore year. My junior year I finally got a membership at WindStone (Golf Club) and that was the first year I really played every day.”
Estes proved to be a fast learner on the course and soaked up advice from former teammate and current UTC golfer, Brooks Thomas.
“It was a good experience playing with Brooks,” he said. “He taught me a lot because there was a lot I didn’t know about the game.”
Ringgold golf coach Slade Queen said he met Estes for the first time six years ago.
“Coming from Dalton, I was really surprised at the kind of talent we had (at Ringgold Middle School),” the coach said. “Jordan has always been competitive. He played No. 2 for us as a junior, but he was our No. 1 this year and he was a real team player.”
Queen said a friendly rivalry between his two star players made them both better.
“To be honest, there was a lot of times he would push Brooks,” he added. “Even from the seventh grade on, he was really competitive with (Brooks) and it motivated (Brooks) to play better.
“Jordan’s got a strong power game, even though it looks like he’s only swinging about 20 percent all the time. The ball just explodes off his club face. He’s really long of the tee. You can also see the hunger in his eyes, especially at tournaments. I think he’ll be a great fit (at GNTC).”
Estes says his biggest asset on the course is his demeanor.
“I don’t get fired up when I hit a good shot and I don’t blow up when I hit a bad one like you see some other players do,” he said. “I’m just glad for the opportunity to come out here and play and still be able to be close to my family. Plus it’s a good technical school to get some certification.
Estes joins a Bobcat recruiting class that already includes Trion’s John Rollins and Gordon Lee’s Lanier Guest.
“We’re going to have some pretty stout players this fall,” Estes added. “We’re going to be pretty good.”
Estes plans to major in computer information systems.