Casey's Hundley knows the score

September 02, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

LIBERTY - Kyle Hundley knows exactly where he stands. He knows what he's shooting, and if you're playing with him, he knows what you're shooting.

More importantly, Hundley knows where he stands in relation to his goals in golf. The Casey County junior is trying to improve his game and trying to help his team succeed as well.

And with each step he takes along the way, he marks his progress. He knows his stats, just as a talented hitter in baseball might know his batting average up to the minute.

"I just always want to know where I stand at," he said. "I've got to know what's going on."

And Hundley said he likes where he stands in the waning days of his summer of golf.

"It's going great to this point," he said. "I've had a couple of rounds I wasn't pleased with, but I'm working on those."


Casey coach Audrey Rousey said the good has far outweighed the bad for Hundley so far this season.

"Kyle has been doing well," Rousey said. "If he needs to work on anything, it'd be consistency. He may shot a 36 or 37, and then he may turn around and shoot a 40."

Hundley came into the high school season off what he described as a successful summer. He won a Pepsi Junior Tour event in Frankfort with a 72, finished second in another in Jamestown with a 74 and shot 77-73-150 in the 36-hole tour championship to finish fifth.

He said his greatest area of improvement this year has come not in a physical area such as driving or chipping or putting, but in a better mental approach to the game.

"It's just playing smart, watching other people who are winning by a couple of strokes. They play smart and win; I play stupid and lose."

Hundley said that's exactly what happened when he finished second in a summer tournament at the same Jamestown course where Casey's regional will be played later this month. He said he used the driver on a hole where he should have hit an iron off the tee, and it cost him two strokes and any chance to win. But he said instruction from Campbellsville club pro Mike Kehoe has helped him in that area.

"He got me playing for par instead of for birdie," Hundley said.

Hundley said he is maturing both as a player and as a person. He is old enough now to cast an eye toward the future, and he now knows he'd like to continue playing competitive golf in college.

He'd love to play for Eastern

Even more specifically, he said he'd love to play for Eastern Kentucky University, where he likes the program and the coaches and where close friend and Casey alumnus Kelli Warner now plays.

And Hundley said he knows what he needs to work on most in preparation for playing collegiately.

"I've got to improve my short game," he said. "It's coming around, but not like I want it to."

Hundley said his goal is to average even par in Casey's nine hole matches, and he knows just how close he is. He said he was averaging 37.5 strokes per nine holes entering Wednesday's match, and his round of 40 pushed that average to about 38.

"I had it there (at par), and I'm trying to get it back down there," he said.

Hundley is doing his part to help his Casey team earn a state tournament berth, which he said is very much within the Rebels' reach.

"We've improved a lot this year over last year," he said. "We're taking it a lot more seriously, and we've got more scores right around 40."

Casey is still a relatively young team - its only senior is Doug Streeval, and there are three juniors, three sophomores and a fourth-grader among the top eight players - but Hundley said that doesn't mean they should have to wait for their goals.

"If we play at our potential, we can do it," he said.

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