By Josh Vitale, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — Jeovani Veloz spent his senior year at Port Charlotte High School enjoying some of the best Florida golf has to offer: Year-round good weather, expansive fairways and nary an elevation change in sight.
Next year, though, he’ll have a little more to contend with, including the hills of Tennessee and temperatures that will surely dip below freezing. Oh, and college competition, too.
On Tuesday, Veloz signed a national letter of intent to play golf for Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tenn.
“It’s a dream come true,” Veloz said. “Something I’ve always wanted to do is play college golf, and I thought about it a lot. I was deciding whether to go there or not. But everything from the coach taking me like I was one of his already when I visited, just the atmosphere … I’m going to enjoy it.”
This was Veloz’s first season with the Pirates and a stellar one at that. He won individual county, district and regional titles, led the Pirates to states and was named co-All-Area boys golf player of the year.
Veloz got in contact with coach Mike Poe in December and went up to visit the campus soon after.
“He liked me. He liked the way I played during the high school season,” Veloz said. “When I went over there to play, I didn’t play like I expected to play, but I should have expected that Especially playing in 40-degree weather with the elevation — it’s totally different from down here. But we’ll see how things go.”