High school student banned from golf team for getting through school too quickly

Joe Gesell isn’t on his high school golf team this year.
Joe Gesell isn’t on his high school golf team this year.

A North Carolina overachieving student has been barred from playing on his high school golf team because he breezed through high school too quickly.

Joe Gesell is a student at Page High School in Greensboro, N.C., and he stacked his schedule during the first three years of high school so that he would leave himself with just one required credit in his senior year. He’s taking classes at a nearby community college to fill the otherwise open time, but Gesell isn’t eligible for high school golf because the North Carolina High School Athletic Association doesn’t count college classes as credits that count toward actually being enrolled in high school. Since he’s technically not a high-school student, Gesell can’t play high-school golf.

“I was looking forward to playing on our team this year,” Gesell said to Fox 8 in Greensboro.

Gesell has been on the team for the last three years.

“I feel like we’re going to have a really good team and a really good chance to make it to states, and not being able to do that, it’s a big blow. It kind of sucks.”

Gesell’s dad, Mike, was less diplomatic in his response to this decision.

“He went above and beyond and yet now you’re going to abandon him and leave him to not participate and not support his school after he did everything right?” he said. “That’s what really stinks.”

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