|High School:||Knoxville Catholic|
Overview: True freshman who will have a chance to see significant action with graduation of Austin Langdale and Carson Young… won the Tennessee State Championship in October 2016 …a top player on the Sneds Tour in Tennessee…
Fall 2017: Showed his capabilities playing in all 12 rounds in the fall of his freshman year, he finished with 71.83 stroke average…posted five rounds under par, but all five were scores in the 60s, so he was second on the team in that category…had one round at par so he had six rounds at par or better…his six-under-par 66 at the Golf Club of Georgia showed his capabilities, it tied for the second best round of the fall by any Tiger and was the best round posted by a Clemson player on that course in history…Clemson’s best player by four shots that day…five of his last eight rounds were in the 60s, but he had three rounds where he shot over par…had third-place finish at Trinity Forest to lead the Tigers with a 207 score, six-under-par…then finished the fall with identical 214 totals at Nike and Golf Club of Georgia…was in contention at Golf Club of Georgia after rounds of 69-66, but then stumbled to a 79 in the final round to finish 37th…had 72.3 stroke average in first rounds and third rounds…his 4.05 stroke average on par four holes was third best on the team…his score counted in 11 of 12 rounds…had the best round of the day five times, second only to Bryson Nimmer…solid putter, his 30.18 putts per round ranked second in the fall…had 39 birdies, third on the team…
Prior to Clemson: Won Tennessee State championship with a six-under-par score of 138 in October of 2016, five shots ahead of his nearest competitor… led his Knoxville Catholic team to a second-place finish….also led his high school team to the regional championship with a fourth-place individual finish in September of 2016…. also fifth at the 2014 state tournament…on the amateur circuit, Cottham had eight top 11 finishes in the last two years on the Sneds Tour….finished fifth at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Innisbrook in 2015 and had three top 10s on the AJGA circuit for his career…a three-time Tennessee Junior Cup player and was Most Valuable Player his final year….
Personal: From an athletic family, Cottam’s mother played basketball at Memphis, his dad played baseball at Memphis and his Kole is a sophomore catcher on the University of Kentucky baseball team.
Summer 2017: Finished second at the Tennessee Junior Amateur with a 212 score…had rounds of 17-70-71 for one under par total…shot 142 at his US Amateur qualifier…shot 150 for 36 holes at Tennessee State Amateur in August.
Cottam Personality Profile
Favorite Current Professional: Rory McIlroy
Favorite Athlete Outside of Golf: Kyrie Irving
Favorite Course I have Played: Greenbriar
Toughest Course I have Played: TPC Sawgrass
Best All-time rounds: 63 at Fox Den Country Club
Best Part of my game: Short Game
My Favorite Club: Putter
Part of my Game I Need to Improve: Distance control with my Wedge
Biggest Influence on my golf career: Dad and brother
Dream Foursome: Tiger Woods, Donald Trump, Jordan Langworthy (World Cornhole Champion).