“You’ve got to look at it like that as preparation for the region. The past few years we’ve had to break out our rain gear in region, too. It’s just a good preparation,”¿said Jarman.
He says playing on his home course in the regional gives him a “bit of confidence” going in. “You know the breaks and you know the bounces you get, and it’s just a little more confidence versus a course you haven’t seen,” the Boyle junior said.
Of course, Jarman tries not to think about the regional, and then hopefully state, too much. That takes away from what he’s trying to accomplish with each match.
“I try not to think about it when I’m out on the course. I think about the shot I’m about to hit. That’s the only thing that matters at that time. Of course, I lay in bed at night and wonder what if I get to state, how would I do there. But when you’re on the course, you can’t even think about the next hole. You just have to think about the shot right then,” Jarman said.
“I expect myself to be at par or under each time out, but you have to take what the golf course gives you, what the conditions give you. And you’ve got to make the best of it and you can’t get too upset out there, and move on.”
Being able to focus on the course is a big key for Jarman.
“I think you’ve got find something that works for you, whether it’s listen to music or whatever,” he said.
“And you’ve got to go out there and play every shot like it’s to win the Masters.”
It’s his iron play that Jarman said he needs to improve on the most.
“My driver has been a lot more accurate. My putting is not bad. I’ve got to start putting my second ball closer to the hole, I’ve go to start giving myself more birdie opportunities. If you give yourself enough chances, theyre going to start falling for you and you can get momentum going,” he said.
Over the summer, Jarman played in several qualifying tournament more than the junior golf tours.
“I think that’s helped. Those are men’s tournament instead of junior tournaments, and it just puts you in a different mindset knowing that you’re playing with men instead of juniors,”¿he said. “I’ve got to improve my mental game. It’s not where it needs to be to be the best. You’ve got to put yourself in the situation to do as best as you can and get better.”
Jarman hopes he and the Rebels can get better each week, and go to state as a team.
“I think we’re sitting pretty good. None of us are playing great, but I know we’ve all got the capability to run it out on the 27th. We have to get in that right mindset and get focused for it and just go out and do it. I know we can,” he said.