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BOYS GOLF ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Erik Forberg, South Forsyth
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South Forsyth golfer Erik Forberg poses with a picture from his early days of playing golf. - photo by Micah Green

Erik Forberg had a grand plan for his first season competing in the high school golf ranks: a state championship.

It would have been quite the coup for the South Forsyth junior, who spent his first two years of high school in non-traditional settings – one being homeschooled and the other at William & Reed Academy, a small private school with an altered academic schedule – so he could concentrate on golf.  

Forberg didn’t meet that lofty goal, but throughout the season, he was one of the most consistent golfers in what was a particularly strong year for Forsyth County, with county high schools finishing second, third and fourth in the Class 7A state championship.

The stretch leading up to the end of the season, Forberg said, saw him play some of the best golf of his life. Adjustments he had made with his coach to speed up his swing started paying off and he found a groove in his putting game. Forberg shot a 72 in the Brookwood Invitational on April 15 and then a 70 in the area championships, which was the third-best score in the area.

“I didn’t ever really get going, but I never had anything really go bad,” Forberg said.

Forberg doesn’t look back on his state championship performance fondly, with struggles on the back nine and an inconsistent path on his shots tainting his two rounds at Chateau Elan’s Legends Course, but he still put together the sixth-best showing in the state with a 74 the first day and 76 the second.

Apart from strength, this year was also high on parity in the county’s high school golf scene. West Forsyth freshman Jason Quinlan was narrowly behind Forberg in stroke average, shot a 69 at the Billy Peek Invitational and totaled 152 in the state championship. Lambert’s Corey Chrzanowski bested Forberg with a 69 at the area meet, and the Longhorns’ Grant Sutliff had a total of 145 at the state meet.

“I know most of them, so we’ll play together sometimes,” Forberg. “But yeah, (the parity) definitely helped.”

That Forberg placed as high as he did at state with two less-than-ideal rounds was evidence of the consistency that he’s developed over the years and the high ceiling that he has yet to reach.

This summer will be important for Forberg’s aspirations to play golf in college – he has two American Junior Golf Association tournaments coming up, and next week, he’ll play in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships at the famous Torrey Pines South course in San Diego.

And for his senior season, Forberg is aiming high again, with lofty expectations for the War Eagles’ incoming freshman class.

“I really hope we win state next year,” Forberg said. “I think it’s a good possibility.”