“For five or six days, I knew he was making progress, so I talked to his mom first to see if there was any chance,” first-year OCS coach Tosh Hays said. “He was still being strong. He is a part of this team. It was great having him here. He's an unbelievable young man.”
Holland still tires quickly. By 3 p.m. on Tuesday, after Schaefer's sudden death holes ended, Holland said he was exhausted. He wasn't complaining though. This was the first time in three weeks he saw his friends.
“It was a blast,” he said.
Holland already was cleared to play golf too.
“I went on Friday and played 18 holes,” he said. “It's a little different. I don't have the strength yet.”
Yet on Tuesday, there he was in the state runner-up photo. His team made sure he was right next to the trophy.
“Sam being here was everything,” Hays said. “Golf is great and it's great to have a passion for the things you're committed to, but Sam reminded us that there are more important things.”