Valley News – Whether it’s football or airplanes, Dartmouth freshman Golick expects to take flight

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When Dartmouth College freshman bettor Davis Golick isn’t throwing soccer balls into the sky, he’s soaring in the sky himself.

Golick has been flying planes as a hobby for over two years. There was no epiphany that led him to the cockpit. He does not have any immediate family members who take the plane. He just, one day, decided it would be a good thing to try.

He now rides several times a week, weather permitting. He likes it because it’s fun, but he says it’s also relaxing and helps him mentally refresh himself.

“It’s something I have to be fully present for,” Golick said. “I can’t think of anything other than what I’m doing right now. There is no school, no social activity, or anything else that could bother me that day, or anything else. There is nothing but the present moment, because you have to stay on top when you’re up there.

Golick, from College Park, Georgia, flies from Cobb County International Airport in Kennesaw, Georgia. The farthest he has traveled is about 60 nautical miles from Murphy, NC, which he did to meet a training requirement to conduct a solo crossing. -country flight – at least 50 nautical miles in each direction. After landing those flights, he was filled with pride in his accomplishment.

Golick said he wasn’t nervous the first time he flew with an instructor because he was just eager to learn, and he knew the instructor would step in if he got it wrong. However, his first solo flight was more nerve-racking.

“It was really crazy,” Golick said. “It didn’t really touch me until I was done. While I was flying, I really didn’t think about it. But once I was back on the ground and finished that day, that’s when I was like, “Oh my God, I just flew a plane, all by myself. . ” “

Golick said he plans to continue flying after arriving in Dartmouth. He said Big Green head coach Buddy Teevens mentioned Lebanon’s municipal airport to him and assured him he would be able to stick to it. Golick found this encouraging.

Dartmouth assistant head coach and special teams coach Sammy McCorkle said he had never met a rookie who flew planes to Golick. Even though this hobby is inherently more dangerous than, say, video games, it didn’t make McCorkle hesitate about Golick.

He just saw a quality player and an interesting person.

“Maybe he could give me a little quicker ride to Georgia when I’m there to recruit next time,” McCorkle said with a smile. “Very impressive, however. Just a good kid. He has a great personality.

Golick did not grow up in a boat.

During his junior football years, Golick played more physical positions as linebacker and running back. And he didn’t like it. After his eighth-grade season, as his peers began to overtake and overtake him, he considered giving up football.

His two-year-old older brother, Marshall, was a kicker for their high school team at Woodward Academy. Marshall brought Davis one day to fuck balls, and he gave his younger brother some punting advice. Davis knew this was his place on the court.

Woodward head coach John Hunt said Davis has improved remarkably throughout his high school career.

“At first when he started kicking he wasn’t the best,” Hunt said. “But he’s just very diligent and hard-working. He has spent many hours learning how to punt and learning the techniques, the drops and all that entails. And basically, he just turned into a great bettor.

The work can be thankless – if the punter is out on the pitch often, the team’s offense is not doing well. But Golick is not afraid of not being credited. He just goes out and does his job well.

Hunt called Golick a legitimate weapon for Woodward. He said Woodward’s offense struggled at times last season, but Golick was still able to corner his opponents inside the 10-yard line and turn the field around. McCorkle said the control and placement, as well as the stellar hang time, set Golick apart from other punters rated by Dartmouth.

McCorkle said Golick could see the action for Dartmouth quickly.

“I think in his job it’s a little easier for him to compete because it’s not the physical part,” said McCorkle. “The great thing that we are looking for (in) a guy who is a kicker or a kicker (is) to come in and have the ability to compete right away, and he will definitely have that opportunity. We expect him to play for this starting position right away.

Seth Tow can be contacted at stow@vnews.com.

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