Josh Motto was once a standout baseball player at Chapmanville and Logan high schools.
Now he’s a golf course designer.
Motto, a student at Ferrum College in Franklin County, Va., helped transform the college’s driving range into a par-3 golf course right on campus.
Motto, along with work study friend Bradley Weston, came up with a creative idea recently of turning a half cow pasture/half driving range into something the entire community can use for free. The two came up with the idea this past summer while working on campus on the buildings and grounds.
The new golf course was opened for use earlier in the month.
“They came up with the idea of having a par-3 course and basically they took the bull by the horns and ran with it,” Jay Prillaman, an organizer, told WDBJ TV-7. “And, the students did so on the cheap. They bought $2 flags from the campus bookstore. They used a little CVP pipe here and there and Bermuda grass for a total price tag of $250-bucks.”
Weston said Motto and himself worked hard on the project.
“Basically we started out with a couple of lawn mowers and just started cutting the greens, the fairways, and the tee boxes. And we had to start off with stakes in the ground where you see the flag poles there,” he told the TV station.
Motto had pitched the idea the last couple of seasons when he was a member of the Ferrum College baseball team.
The golf course is now open and proceeds go to Bikes for Tykes.
You might recall Motto had started out his prep baseball career at Chapmanville before he transferred to Logan his senior year. He then helped Logan win the 2008 Class AA state championship as he was the winning pitcher in the finals at Charleston’s Appalachian Power Park.
After graduating at LHS in ’08, he didn’t immediately go to college. He became an assistant baseball coach for a Virginia middle school team and was praised for his innovative coaching, which he attributes to longtime Logan baseball coach Roger Gertz.
Ferrum’s baseball coach then saw Josh pitching batting practice and that’s how he was able to become part of the Ferrum College baseball team.
Motto, however, had to endure several surgeries which ended his baseball career.
His baseball days may be over but he’s still trying to make a difference in the world of athletics with the new golf course at Ferrum.
The golf course was dedicated on Sept. 21 and was followed by the inaugural Panther Open Tournament.