A friend of a friend-Colby Johnson and Connor Haskins-June 18


One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for June 18, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Today is the start of the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay, WA. This marks the 115th edition of this major golf tournament and two young men from the Lumberton, NC community will be part of the event.

Tiger Woods plays his approach shot to the 12th hole during a practice round for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. on Monday, June 15, 2015.  (Copyright USGA/Simon Bruty)

Tiger Woods plays his approach shot to the 12th hole during a practice round for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. on Monday, June 15, 2015.

One of those young men is Connor Haskins who is the son of Kelly and John Haskins. John is a former assistant basketball coach of mine but more important a friend since 1989.  I have watched Connor mature from baby to collegiate football player. I along with a lot of other people in the community are proud of his accomplishments. Connor has a sister Morgan who is enrolled in the Doctoral of Physical Therapy program at East Carolina University.

haskins family

Connor has been a member of the UNC Pembroke Football Team for the past three seasons. He has established a number of school records as a place kicker. In addition to being a college student he also has an interesting summer job the last two years. He has been selected to serve as an intern at the US Open for the United States Golf Association. He was at Pinehurst in 2014 and is at Chambers Bay for 2015.

Over the last three years as a football player Connor has been an impressive college place kicker. His career stats are all noteworthy. He has made 38 of 53 field goals he attempted and converted 91 out of 96 extra point attempts. He holds several school records including scoring 16 points against Tusculum in 2013 by going 7-for-7 on PAT attempts and 3-for-3 on field goal tries. He has made a 50 yard field goal and had a streak of 57 successful consecutive extra point over the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

In his role as an intern for the US Open he is involved in a number of logistical operations leading up to the event and after it concludes. He reported to Chambers Bay, WA as soon as his exams ended at UNC Pembroke in early May and will remain there until a good portion of the course amenities and seating is disassembled after Sunday’s final round. As an intern it is not all work but most of each day is just that, hard work. As an intern he gets access to parts of the course that other spectators aren’t permitted to enter. If you look closely over the next four days you might see him along with his good friend and fellow USGA intern Colby Johnson inside the ropes this week.

The Friend – CONNOR HASKINS

Connor Haskins

The Friend of the Friend- COLBY JOHNSON

Colby Johnson

USGA and Lumberton NC

As a small child I grew up in Northern New Jersey. My mom’s side of the family all lived in or near Far Hills NJ which happens to be the location for the USGA Headquarters. My aunt and uncle Kate and Dick Kiely were employed by a family that owned an estate that adjoined the property that the USGA Headquarters is located on. I spent many a Sunday afternoon roaming the grounds of the USGA picking up golf balls that had been hit by Iron Mike.

FRONT OF USGA HEADQUARTERS

USGA

IRON MIKE

Iron Mike

I am really happy that Colby Johnson is getting to join Connor Haskins at the 2015 US Open as an intern. Colby is just an outstanding young man from a great family. His parents Thomas and Michelle Johnson have a lot to be proud of when it comes to the qualities their youngest son Colby possesses.

Colby in front row with his parents at Eagle Scout Installation.

Colby Family

Colby just completed his first year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was an outstanding student at Lumberton High School and graduated in 2014.

Colby is an Eagle Scout and did a beautification project of Molly Brown Memorial Park in Red Springs, part of which included a basketball court. A basketball court, soccer field, or a golf course are places that Colby is not stranger to. He was a three sport standout at Lumberton HS in Soccer, Basketball, and Golf. My son Mack got to be a teammate of Colby on the Soccer and Golf teams and he was a great teammate and leader.

Part of his leadership and willingness to serve others was always on display while he was in high school. He served as both senior class president and National Honor Society president. He was also involved in programs including Breakfast Buddies, in which he helps mentor at-risk youth, the Teacher Cadet program, and Beta Club.

In addition to events at school he was a great role model for the youth at our church.

Picture below from a First Presbyterian Church Youth Trip – Colby 3rd from left standing in back row

Youth

Not sure who the winner will be on Sunday at the US Open but the USGA selected two winners to help them with the event by having Connor Haskins and Colby Johnson serve as interns.

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