By Matt Hill
The JCHS Golf Team has found a rising star as a Longhorn debut made waves on Monday.
JCHS Freshman Blade Hampton led the charge for JCHS with a nine-hole score of 49 in what otherwise was a difficult day for the Longhorns.
The Longhorns were consistent as Jon Vannoy shot a 51, Jacob Henson came in with a 53, Sawyer Ward scored a 54 and William Matherly finished with a 56.
Hampton was the star for the Longhorns as he survived a rough first hole where he had a two-shot penalty, but settled down and played well after the rough start.
Hampton played No. 4 seed in the first match of the year, but he ended up coming through with a ray of light for the Longhorns.
This feels pretty good being a freshman, Hampton said. I had a two-stroke penalty on No. 1 because I hit somebodys ball. Other than that it wasnt too bad.
Hampton played with the golf team last season, but his score didnt count because he wasnt in high school.
Over the last year, Hampton has put in countless hours into this sport and is become a good golfer.
Ive been practicing all the time, Hampton said. Its a lot effort.
Hampton actually got in some extra practice on Sunday and that seemed to have paid off.
Yesterday I scored 51 on the front, Hampton said. I scored 45 on the back.
Hampton feels hes only going to get better.
I think I can do well if I continue to improve, Hampton said. I need a lot of practice.
Hampton is a three-sport athlete as he plays golf, basketball and baseball.
This and baseball are my best sports, Hampton said.
Hampton feels a lot of support from his teammates.
I think theyre happy for me, Hampton said. Its a great accomplishment.
Vannoy also shot a solid round and the sophomore also knows hes only going to get better.
I think I can do better chipping and putting, he said. I drove decent, but I didnt play up to my ability today.
Like Hampton, Vannoy is going to find his way to the golf course to practice.
Im just going to get out as much as I can and work on it every day of the week, Vannoy said. Ive played a lot this summer.
For Henson and Ward, they were disappointed with their performances.
I didnt play well, Henson said. After the second hole I fell apart.
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