University Heights Academy’s Jiles Wyatt hopes his success this summer is a sign of things to come as he enters another golf season for the Blazers.
Wyatt claimed the GO Junior Golf Series 13-15 division tour championship Thursday after he carded an 86 at Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club.
Wyatt said he knows his game is going to progress this season because of what he’s done in recent weeks.
“This is definitely giving me a lot of confidence in my game,” he said. “I still have a lot of stuff to work on but I sure as heck know that I can win now.”
The golf series plays courses around the state and Wyatt said this will give him an advantage going further.
“It’s going to give me another way to look at things instead of looking at them straight forward, I can look at other things a different way,” he said. “I think I can shoot lower.”
With the departure of John Buchanan, Carson Holmes, Cole Taylor and Edward Lee Major, a new crop of golfers will be representing the city in the next couple of years.
Wyatt said he, along with a specific Hoptown golfer, knows the city is theirs now.
“It makes me nervous, but knowing that I’m going to be playing people that are my age and I can compete with, such as James Folz, it’s going to be fun and I think I can be in the winning circle again,” he said.
Micah Smith was the second flight winner while Hunter Reynolds was the third flight winner.
Christian County golfer Hannah Sumner carded a 93 Thursday and finished runner-up in the tour championship of the 16-18 division.
“This summer league, it really helps prepare us for high school, giving us practice and getting back into the groove of things,” she said.
Sumner echoed the sentiment of Wyatt when it came to playing the different courses around the state.
“It definitely gives you a wider range of different shots and how to hit it,” she said. “Different courses have different ways you have to play and it really helps.”
Hopkinsville’s Ellie Colburn finished in third in the first flight of the 13-15 division.
In the girls’ 8-under division, Allie Sandifer was the tour champion with Campbell Lindsey being the runner-up despite winning Thursday’s round with a 17.
Max Falco was the tour runner-up in the boys’ 8-under division.
In the boys’ 9-10 division, Brady Hightower was the tour runner-up.
Conlee Lindsey was the tour champion of the girls’ 11-12 division and also won Thursday’s round with a 43. Cate Blane was the first flight winner and Ava Colburn finished third in the first flight.
In the girls’ 13-15 division, Rheagan Lindsey was the tour champion while Anna Blane was the first flight runner-up. Rheagan carded a 45 to win the round and the championship. Audrey Rains was the first flight winner with a 66.
In the boys’ 11-12 division, Joey Falco was the first flight winner while Haydon Reynolds won third place in the first flight. Harlow Hampton was the second flight runner-up.
Evan Pyle was the tour champion in the 13-15 nine-hole division and won the round with a 43. Calvin Demps finished as the tour runner-up in the division.
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