Fleming County's Jordan Hughes has the ideal characteristics of a golfer. He's tall, left-handed, has a slim build and can hit the ball a long ways.
On Monday, Hughes signed with Shawnee State to continue his playing career with the Bears.
"It's always been a big dream of mine to play college golf. Just to be able to achieve it is a big deal to me," Hughes said.
There's not many places to play in Flemingsburg, but Hughes lived on the Fleming County public course and learned the game by playing with his mom and dad growing up.
He's been a six-year member of the Panthers golf team and always seemed to step his game up a notch when it came to the regional tournament, shooting a 75 as a freshman, placing third his junior year and runner-up his senior year, lipping out a putt in a sudden-death playoff with Grant County's Ryan Mitts.
"I shouldn't have been there in the first place. I four-putted the last hole," Hughes said. "Seeing the putt lip out, it hurt, but I still got a chance to play in the state tournament, that was still fun."
Hughes would play in the state tourney down in Bowling Green his junior and senior year.
"First year was a lot more fun than the second. Second year I played terrible and it just happens like that sometimes. It wasn't my favorite course," Hughes said, who shot an 80 his first year down there followed by an 86 his senior year.
At Shawnee, Hughes plans to major in business management. He said he liked the small school setting and how the housing was set up in choosing to go there.
"I just liked how the set up was, it's real small and I didn't want to go anywhere real big," Hughes said.
Not many golfers go on to play after high school after Fleming County, Hughes has definitely bucked that trend.
"Great things are in store for him, he hasn't even scratched the surface of how good his golf game could get. They are getting a fantastic person as well," Panthers golf coach Korbin Marshall said.
With his distance off the tee and strong wedge game, Hughes said he still needs improvement on his putting and irons.
"I'm looking forward to playing my best and hopefully playing a few tournaments my first year to see how I play," Hughes said.
On top of solid finishes at the regional tournament, Hughes was selected to the All-8th Region golf team the last two years, picked to The Ledger Independent All-Area team this past season and won the EKC Tournament his junior year.