OCS wasn't even sure that Holland would be physically ready to make the state tournament, but the players asked him to come as their assistant coach.
“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.”