Boyle's Jones starting high school golf season on a roll

August 07, 2003|MIKE MARSEE

Blake Jones' latest victory was the perfect ending to his summer golf schedule. And it might also have been the perfect transition into the high school season.

Jones is looking forward to his final season with the Boyle County boys golf team a little more after winning a championship in his last junior tournament of the summer.

Jones will be the leader of a Boyle team looking to make a second straight trip to the state tournament. And he might be in an even better position after winning his age division at the Musselman/Baker-Geary-Dunne Junior Tour Championship last week.

"To get a win, that meant a lot to me," Jones said. "I'd had a few second places, but this gave me some confidence, and it made me want to play some more tournaments."


Jones will be doing plenty of that over the next two months, as Boyle is once again splitting its 12-man golf team into two units. Jones and the team's other top players will be part of the Gold team, which will concentrate more on tournaments and less on weekday matches.

"That really helps when it comes time for the region," Jones said.

Jones split his time between two sports this summer - golf and basketball - but he'll be focusing only on golf for the next two months or so. That means he's also focusing on his future, because he knows which sport he'll still be playing after graduation next spring.

"My future's going to be in golf. I put the most focus into golf. But to tell the truth, I like playing basketball more," he said.

There has been time for both over the past eight to 10 weeks. First, he played for about a month with the Boyle basketball team, then he played in half a dozen junior tournaments.

"I think it worked out for the best, really," he said. "I got to do both and I got to have success at both."

He finished second in three of six BGD tourneys

Jones finished second in three of the six BGD tournaments he entered, which gave him enough points for a berth in the tour championship.

"I had three seconds and a couple of top 5s, so that helped," he said.

He shot an 80 in the first round of the two-day tour championship. He was seven shots off the lead at the halfway point, but he came back with a 74 and won the 16-18 division by two strokes.

"I had to come out the next day and play really well," he said.

Jones said better putting has made this a good summer on the links, and he said that made the difference in his win.

"The thing that saved me was my putter," he said. "That's what I've learned this year, your short game is where you make your low scores."

Jones said he wanted to play in state amateur and open qualifiers this summer, but he felt it was important to spend time on basketball, too.

"You can't let (your teammates) down in basketball, but you've got to do your own thing in golf," he said.

He said he plans to give those tournaments a try next summer, and he may play in a few other junior tournaments before heading for college.

His goal is to play golf for a small college

Jones said his goal is to play golf for a small college, and he said he thinks his game is close to the level it needs to be for him to play at that level.

"Right now, I think I'm good enough to play for schools like that," he said. "Other than Ben (Fuqua of Danville), I'm right there with people my age."

Fuqua has been the dominant male junior golfer in the area this summer, but Jones is part of what figures to be the area's top team when the season begins next week.

Jones will team with fellow seniors Dusty Pollard and Josh Chester to help Boyle chase a second straight state tournament berth.

Both Boyle and Danville will be led by new coaches, as will two other area teams. David Morris, an assistant baseball coach, is the new coach at Boyle, and boys basketball coach Craig Pippen takes over at Danville.

Meanwhile, Jay Anderson, Brian Toliver and Will Carlton are the new coaches at Mercer County, Harrodsburg and Burgin, respectively.

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