UHV golfer Edwards thrives after picking golf (video)
Video: Vance Edwards has game
Vance Edwards almost played another sport.
Growing up, the golfer and UHV sophomore played on a Little League all-star team as a pitcher. But when Edwards' team would lose, his dad said Edwards took the loss hardest.
At the age of 12, Edwards decided to forgo playing baseball and play golf.
"He wanted to play golf because he would have no one to blame but himself" on the course, said his father, Vance Edwards Sr. "It gives him something to strive for."
Since picking golf, the now 20-year-old has steadily worked toward improving. The Corpus Christi native was encouraged by his first college tournament freshman year.
"I shot even par for three days," Edwards recalled. "I just knew from then on this is what I want to do for the next four years."
At Corpus Christi King, Edwards played on the golf team for four years. It wasn't easy though, as he balanced athletics with academics.
"I told my dad one day I would get a college scholarship," said Edwards. "I just stuck with it and got my scholarship."
Edwards didn't just receive one but several scholarship offers, including one to play golf at Sam Houston State.
He decided to go to UHV because of the proximity to where his family lives. After enrolling, Edwards' mother, father and sister have since moved to El Paso. Edward said he tries to visit regularly.
The Edwards family is tight knit group. Edwards' dad said his son sends his mother a text message which says, "Good Morning, I Love You."
While Edwards' parents are not close by to visit, golf comforts him.
"Being on the golf course can be relaxing," he said. "Golf can help you get through life."
UHV golf coach Brian Williamson said he has seen Edwards' ups and downs in his college career. On a team that is young, Williamson said Edwards has been up to the challenge to play competitively.
"He has a good short game," said Williamson. "He's ready to win. He has a tremendous amount of ability."
Edwards has shown glimpses during the course of this season. In February, he shot a 72 and tied for seventh at the San Antonio Shootout.
During the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate at Victoria Country Club in February, he finished with the second best score on the team with a 236 after three rounds.
Happy about his achievements thus far, Edwards said he is far from satisfied. He wants to help his team win a national championship. He's even thought about turning professional after graduating.
For now, he is focused golf and school, just like he's had in high school.
"If it doesn't work out, then I'll have my degree to fall back on," Edwards said.