Chapman answers call from dream school

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. – James Chapman is proof that sometimes the dream school calls when you least expect it, and when it does, you just have to go.

Chapman, a senior at Forestview High School (Gastonia, N.C.), had verbally committed to Appalachian State, a Division I school in Boone, N.C., where his brother, Thomas, is a freshman on the golf team. He also had considered Auburn, Charlotte and N.C. State.

The game changed for Chapman after he won the Carolinas-Georgia Junior by seven shots Jan. 18. To Chapman’s elation, N.C. State contacted him after the tournament and he decided to commit to the Wolfpack instead. Unfortunately, that meant he had to complete the unpleasant task of telling the coaches at Appalachian State that he wouldn’t be attending in the fall.

“It was pretty tough,” Chapman remembers. The situation was also made tougher because of his brother, but Chapman said everyone there was very understanding.

That left the door open for Chapman to start planning for next year at N.C. State, ranked No. 29 by Golfweek.

“I really like the coaches, and there’s a brand new golf course on campus,” Chapman explained. “Everything is pretty good there. I think I can get better there.”

Chapman is already showing serious game as his high school career winds to a close. The senior was 16th at the Palmetto High School Championship with his 8-over 152. Though the Carolinas-Georgia is the highlight of his junior career so far, he also finished T-3 at the AJGA’s Preseason Junior at Chateau Elan in 2009.

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