Joining Keaton Stanfield (seated, center) for his signing ceremony were Mark Stanfield and Denise Smith, LaFayette High School golf coach Tom Langford and Georgia Northwestern Technical College golf coach Jared Willerson.
Joining Keaton Stanfield (seated, center) for his signing ceremony were Mark Stanfield and Denise Smith, LaFayette High School golf coach Tom Langford and Georgia Northwestern Technical College golf coach Jared Willerson.

(LaFayette, GA) – Keaton Stanfield took up the game of golf in middle school just to, in his words, “have something to do all the time that was fun”.
However, in the course of having fun, Stanfield found a passion and drive for the sport he didn’t expect, spending hour after hour and day after day on the golf course, working hard to get better.
That drive and competitive spirit helped the LaFayette Ramblers to a Region 7-AAAA title this past spring and, more recently, it earned him a future as a college golfer as the recent graduate signed a letter of intent to join the Bobcats of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
“It just means a lot to know I’m moving on to the next level,” he said during a signing ceremony and reception at his home course. “I’ve never have experienced anything like this before with a big ceremony and everything. I’m just proud of myself and all the practice I’ve put in my game.”
Stanfield said he took up the game early in middle school, but quickly got hooked.
“It didn’t take me long to get serious about (golf),” he said. “I started improving and I really surprised myself with how many birdies I started making.”
After Stanfield and the Ramblers defeated Pickens in a playoff to win the region title at Nob North in April, he carded a solid 6-over par
78 at the Class 4A state tournament in Augusta to help LaFayette place third overall, equaling the program’s best finish in five years.
“I’m just tickled for Keaton,” LHS golf coach Tom Langford said. “He’s worked so hard and there have been very few days when he hasn’t been out here on the golf course. I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a kid that loves the game and loves to compete as much as he does. We always played him way up in the lineup because I knew he would battle and that he wouldn’t be intimidated by anyone. He was always consistent with his scoring no matter the tournament. Plus, he’s just a great kid.”
GNTC golf coach Jared Willerson said he was excited to get a player of Stanfield’s skill and determination.
“He’s made himself into a solid player,” Willerson. “He’s the kind of kid that will fight back from setbacks and do the best they can and that’s the kind of kid you want when you are trying to build a program. He’s a battler, just like the rest of the guys we have signed. He always come to play and I think he’ll develop into a good player for us.”
Stanfield is just the latest addition to a GNTC squad that also includes recent signees Jordan Estes (Ringgold), John Rollins (Trion) and Lanier Guest (Gordon Lee). The Bobcats will be eligible for region and national junior college championships next season.
“I love the coach (at GNTC) and I love the team he’s putting together,” Stanfield explained. “They’ve already impressed me with some of the scores they have put up and hopefully I can impress them too. I’m glad to be on the same team with these guys.”
“It’s a really good recruiting class we’ve got coming in,” Willerson said. “If we keep working hard, I really think we are going to be a competitor next year.”
Stanfield said he his undecided on a major, but is considering a career in golf course management.