Cherokee’s Noah Leslie – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Gateway First Bank
Cherokee High School senior Noah Leslie is a one-man show for the Chiefs. As the only player on the boys golf team, Leslie is excited to get back to the course and represent his school in tournament play.
“I’m really excited! I always look forward to golf,” said Leslie.
A four-year player for Cherokee, it was a close friend who first got him started in the game of golf.
“One of my closest friends, Payton Ream, got me involved in golf,” said Leslie. “I’ve played golf the past four years.”
In his final season Leslie has set a few goals for himself to reach, including shooting under a certain score each tournament. The strength of his game is where it counts. Like the saying goes, “drive for show, putt for dough.”
“Honestly my personal goal is to just shoot below 100 most tournaments. I’m not the best golfer out there but I still give it my best,” said Leslie. “The strength of my game...I’m going to have to go with putting, well at least this year so far it’s been putting.”
One of his favorite courses to play is located in Woodward, Oklahoma and features several challenging holes.
“My favorite course to play would probably be Boiling Springs Golf Club,” said Leslie.
On and off the course, Leslie said one of his biggest influences and mentors is his coach.
“My biggest influence on and off the course would probably have to be my golf coach, actually. Coach Guffy has coached me in three different sports and has always been the type of coach to not let things that don’t go your way on the course affect your play the rest of the tournament,” said Leslie.
In the classroom, Leslie brings that competitiveness and focus as well. The senior said his favorite subject in school is English and his favorite teacher is Mr. Bowman.
Upon graduating from Cherokee High School Leslie plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma and major in exercise and fitness management.
During what little down time he has, Leslie said he likes to spend it working out and fishing.
“Sometimes I’ll go up to the course in Alva and play as well,” said Leslie.