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Editor's note: Each week, The Wake Weekly will honor a local high school senior athlete who put in years of work in a sport, but who won't finish their final season after COVID-19 ended spring athletics.
RALEIGH - This week's student-athlete of the week is Wakefield boys golf player Coleson Henshaw.
The senior golfer was born and raised a mile away from Wakefield High School. He has grown up in the same house his entire life.
Henshaw first discovered the sport of golf after his father took him to Wakefield TPC golf course, which is also close by to his home.
"My dad plays golf a ton," Henshaw said. "He asked me to go out with him one time when I was young and I had a lot of fun. I've been playing golf ever since."
Henshaw played in only two golf matches his senior year. He shot a 49 in the first match of the season at Wakefield TPC. Then at Zebulon Country Club, he improved his individual score and shot a 46, making his season average 47.5.
"It's more fun and competitive to play in high school," Henshaw said. "The skillset is closer. It's fun working as a team to beat other teams."
After their second match, Wakefield notched third place in the NAC 6 conference behind Heritage. Wake Forest was in first place at the time. Wakefield head coach James Doyle said Henshaw has always helped the Wolverines stay in the hunt the past four years.
"Coleson Henshaw has been a positive role model for Wakefield," Doyle said. "He really brings a lot of optimism to the team."
Not too long after the second match of the season ended, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced that they were postponing spring sports due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Later on, they officially cancelled the spring sports season.
"We just finished a golf tournament on the putting green and my coach came up and told us the news," Henshaw said. "We were shocked and upset. But we realize that it was for our safety."
Henshaw will never suit up to play golf again in a Wakefield uniform, but that hasn't stopped him from playing golf in general. The governor's orders don't prevent people from competing at golf courses, so Henshaw still gets to enjoy one of his favorite hobbies.
"I've played a few times with my family," Henshaw said. "It's nice to get out of the house to do something."
After he graduates from high school, Henshaw will attend UNC-Wilmington to major in engineering and then transfer to N.C. State to complete his undergraduate studies. This will be the first time he will leave the Wakefield area for an extended period of time.
Leaving home will be a different experience for the Wakefield golfer, but he said he is ready to begin the next chapter of his life. He also wants his younger teammates to climb up the conference ranks next year, as they were building momentum this season.
"The guys were doing really well this season," Henshaw said. "They can still hold it down after I leave and play well next year. I'm thankful for the memories we made. I had a lot of fun these last four years playing golf and being a student at Wakefield."