The Stratford golf team is getting ready to defend a GISA title they've won the last two years. They'll look to one of their seniors for leadership, advice and guidance. For his work on the greens and his grades, Brian Beringer is our Athlete of the Week.
Brian Beringer is a motivator for the guys on his golf team. His coach Cater Pierce says his senior is "the man" when it comes to kids looking up to him. "This year on and off the course they're always texting him and calling him seeing what he thinks about this seeing what he thinks about that and he takes that roll and he's just run with it," Pierce said.
Brian has carried a perfect 4.0 throughout high school and he's added in eleven advanced placement courses to boot.
Frank Katz is a teacher and figures Brian is a rare breed. "Brian is this odd combination of this appearance of complete tranquility and the desire to be the best in the class," Katz explained.
"I guess I've never been one to get over excited especially with school and golf. One of the things I've learned is to be focused on the task at hand," Brian said.
"You're at peace when you have a handle on everything, and he seems to have a handle on things. Sometimes when he messed up on the golf course, he never loses it or gets too emotional, and it just seems like he's always at peace with himself, Pierce said.
But even the guy that's got it all together can get a little nervous at times. "I've got to give a speech at graduation for the valedictorian and I have no idea what I'm going to say yet," Brian said with a grin.
After graduation Brian's headed to Georgia Tech or Notre Dame. His coach says he could play at the next level, but Brian says that's not in the plan. "Heading into college I want to do chemical engineering so I just wasn't seeing how that was going to add up playing golf and that kind of a workload in college," Brian said.
"He says school is his first priority, so I've got to take my hat off to him for that," Pierce exclaimed.
In addition to his school work and his practice time on the golf course Brian also spearheaded a program to help a charity.
Last year he began birdies for Jays Hope. Cater told us it works like a walk-a-thon. Folks donate to different Stratford golfers like a dime a birdie for the season. Last year, the birdies for Jays Hope raised five thousand dollars.