By Anthony Rhoads
Eagle's Landing High School senior Rick Godfrey's athletic career has taken many twists and turns over the years.
For four seasons, he competed in Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder series and then set his sights on playing baseball. But this year, he decided to play golf and he was a standout on Eagle's Landing's varsity team.
Now, he's going to take his golf game to the next level as he signed a scholarship to play at Atlanta Christian College.
"I feel good about it and see if we can go somewhere with it like the PGA or an amateur tour," Godfrey said.
Godfrey first became interested in golf through his dad Rick Godfrey Sr.
Godfrey Sr. played high school golf but didn't get back into the game heavily until his son started playing.
"I try to support him in whatever he wants to do, like the racing deal," Godfrey Sr. said.
Both the Godfreys were successful at Thursday Thunder and in 2001, became the first father and son to win races in the local racing series.
Godfrey Jr. competed in Thursday Thunder from 1999-2002, winning four races.
He also was the Winternationals Champion in 2000-01 and placed third in the 2001 Bandolero Nationals.
Godfrey Sr. raced in Thursday Thunder from 2000-02, winning 15 races and two Outlaw Division points championships. Godfrey Sr. also won two state championships, one national championship and was the Lowe's Motor Speedway champion in 2000.
Two years ago, the Godfreys started playing golf together and now that sport has been another way for them to bond as a family.
"It's great to have a good relationship with your father," Godfrey Jr. said. "We raced together and now play golf together."
They play mainly at Lake Spivey where they hold a membership but also play at Eagle's Landing Country Club, Cotton Fields and Georgia National.
Atlanta Christian College golf coach Joe Griffin is looking forward to having Godfrey Jr. on the team next year.
"Rick, I think has got a lot of potential," Griffin said. "We're looking for him to be a player for us. A good kid, he fits into the kind of player we want to recruit. We feel good him."
Godfrey was a solid player on Eagle's Landing's varsity team this year, scoring in the low 80s.
"He's shown great value to the team, a real leader," Eagle's Landing golf coach Zac Crosby said. "He'll do well for coach Griffin and Atlanta Christian College. He's a good kid."
Godfrey is Atlanta Christian College's first golf signee this year and Griffin said he plans to recruit more players from the Southern Crescent.
"We plan to hit the southside hard," he said. "There are a lot of good kids that we'd like to give the opportunity."
Atlanta Christian College golf program is in its second year and competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association and in the NAIA.