COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – One new name on the men’s roster and three newcomers on the women’s roster. That’s the payoff for Tennessee Tech golf coach Polk Brown for his efforts in inking four new players during the recent NCAA early signing period.
Brown announced the addition of A.J. Wilkerson from Sparta, Tenn., for the men’s squad, while the Golden Eagle women’s team will bring in Haley Davidson from Chattanooga, Whitney Robertson from Clarksville, and Lydia Triplett from Benton, Tenn.
“I’m really excited about the future of our teams with the addition of these four young players,” Brown said. “They are all proven winners, they are very good students, and they are also top-quality people. They will blend into our program really well.”
Wilkerson, the lone newcomer for the men’s squad, is the son of Randy and Sherry Wilkerson and will graduate next spring from White County High School. He is a two-sport athlete for the Warriors, playing both golf and basketball under former Golden Eagle Eric Mitchell. An Honor student, he plans to major in exercise science.
“We’re thrilled to have A.J. come aboard next year,” Brown said. “He is very athletics and has very, very strong potential to have an immediate impact on this team. There is no doubt he will bring a strong work ethic to our program, and I expect great things from him for years to come.”
Wilkerson is a two-time Tennessee Class 6AAA Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and won the District and Region 6AAA individual medalist titles as a senior. In his two TSSAA state tournament appearances he earned Top 25 finishes both years, placing 24th as a sophomore and 20th as a senior.
Haley Davidson is the daughter of Ron and Christi Davidson of Chattanooga, and has played four seasons for coaches Wes Moore and Rodney Mitchell at Signal Mountain High School. She plans to study exercise science.
A four-time Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of Preps selection, Davidson led her team to four consecutive A-AA TSSAA state championships, after sweeping the district and regional titles all four years.
In her four state tournament appearances, she has finished among the leaders every year including a second-place showing as a senior. She was 11th in the state as a freshman, fifth as a sophomore and ninth as a junior.
“Coming from four consecutive state championship teams and solid individual finishes, Haley will bring a ton of championship experience to our team,” Brown said. “Given hard work is required to accomplish these outstanding feats, there is no doubt she will carry over this same commitment to the next level. I look forward to seeing how her experience will benefit our team in the future.”
Whitney Robertson is the daughter of Doyle and Kim Robertson, and a four-year standout for coach Vicki Moncrief at Clarksville High School. A versatile athlete, she was also a two-time letterwinner on the softball team. She plans to enroll in exercise science after winning numerous academic awards as an Honors student.
A two-time all-state selection, she was a member of back-to-back TSSAA Class AAA championship teams in 2011 and 2012, along with three district and region titles. As a junior, she earned a sixth-place individual finish at the state tourney and this year she placed fourth.
She was a winner of the 2012 Toyota Tournament of Champions and claimed seven TGA Junior Tour wins.
“Whitney brings an unquestioned championship pedigree to our team,” Brown said. “She has tremendous talent and I believe her resolve and determination will help her to be very successful during her tenure at Tech. I cannot wait to have her be a part of our team.”
Lydia Triplett is the daughter of Bill and Linda Triplett of Benton, Tenn., and plans to major in nursing. An Honors student at Polk County High School, she lettered four years on the golf team for coach Jason Adams and also earned four letters on the softball team playing for her father. She was a three-time all-district selection on the diamond.
On the golf course, she competed in the Class A-AA state tournament three times in four years, placing 10th in 2011 and sixth in 2012 while earning all-state honors both years. As a senior, she was a Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of Preps selection, and was the district runnerup three times. She captured the second flight of the TGA Women’s State Amateur in 2012, and won the Early Bird Cookeville Invitational this past fall.
“Lydia will bring a very strong work ethic and desire to our team,” Brown said. “I am excited to see how these attributes will contribute to her success at Tech for the next four years. She will undoubtedly help our program.”