Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head golf coach Seth Emerson begins with this accolade. “Carter Knox is everything you want in a golfer.” Coach Emerson continues, “He’s tall and thin and has lots of swing speed, but more than his ability to strike the golf ball purely, he has the proper demeanor for the game. Carter is very calm and has a cool head. He is able to put bad swings behind him and move on to the next shot. A medalist in six of nine matches this year and a scoring average of 76; Carter has led us on and off the course. You don’t get players like ‘Knoxy’ very often but when you do, as a coach, you enjoy the ride. I have been lucky enough to coach him for the last four years (and not many kids are four-year varsity players).”
Born and raised in Hinesburg, Knox’s family includes parents, Betsy and Mark, and older brother Douglas, a UVM student.
“I started golfing as soon as I could,” Knox informed. “My dad began golfing with his college buddies. He had me and my brother holding golf clubs as soon as we were able. You could say he passed his love of the game on to me.”
And so he did. From using the yard for practice, to a plethora of golf camps, Knox spent as much time on as many golf courses as possible. His hard work and devotion is paying off for the Redhawks.
A CVU varsity golfer since his freshman year, “Knoxy” as he is affectionately known, experienced one of his proudest moments to date that year. “My first year on the team we won a state championship,” he said without hesitation. “That was pretty cool,” he added. “Another achievement I am proud of is making the golf team as a freshman. I didn’t think I had a shot but it was great to be proven wrong.”
A senior captain, Knox feels his greatest strength is his knowledge of the game and his positive attitude. “Golf is such an individual sport. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. I think my strength comes from my experience. Plus I have a good attitude, I’m pretty positive,” he mentioned. Coach Emerson concurs adding, “Carter has been a fantastic leader for us this year as a senior. His leadership and attitude have been outstanding and he really led the CVU golf team to a 15-4 record this year.”
In addition to golf, Knox enjoys a host of outdoor activities, is on the CVU floor hockey club team, is involved in Future Business Leaders of America, and was recently inducted into the National Business Honor Society.
After graduation Knox will play golf at the next level. “I am committed to attend Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.,” he informed. “They have a really good golf team and I plan to play there. They also have a really good business program,” he added. Plans for next year complete, Knox’s interest returns to the leaderboard, on imparting his knowledge to the underclassmen, and winning another state championship.