|Walker familiar with big tournaments (10-17-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:46|
Trey Walker is familiar with the environment and the pressure of big golf tournaments.
The Bowling Green High school junior will draw on those experiences this weekend.
He'll compete in the Division I state tournament Friday and Saturday at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course.
"I'm looking forward to it because it's been my goal all season," Walker said. "I've worked hard all year to get to this point and I want to take advantage of my chance."
Like most high school golfers, Walker played a full summer schedule to tournaments to sharpen his skills.
Among his accomplishments was qualifying for the Big I Classic in Pinehurst, N.C. in early August. The event is one of the top junior tournaments in the country.
"The pressure is about the same I would imagine, so I can concentrate on playing well and having a good time," Walker said.
"It's a big honor just to be there," BG coach Chris Dill said. "The fact he's played in some national level tournaments is going to help him because he won't be overwhelmed by the situation."
Walker qualified for state by winning a sudden-death playoff after shooting a 76 at Red Hawk Run in Findlay. He was the medalist in his sectional with a 71 at Eagle Creek in Norwalk.
The best district score among the district qualifiers was a 69.
"Every tournament I'm in, I want to compete and play my best,' Walker said. "I go into every tournament wanting to win, but I'd be happy to finish in the top 10 at state. It all depends on how you do those two days. Everyone has a chance and I'm happy with the way I'm hitting the ball. If I play well, that's all I can ask.''
Walker hasn't played the Scarlet Course before, but has a practice round there today.
"The Scarlet Course is a really hard, difficult course, but it's fair," Dill said. "If you hit good shots, you can score and Trey has enough game he can play that course.
"The biggest thing is the length because if you hit it far enough, you can score," Dill added. "It's not like you're going to be in the water or out of bounds, if you don't. It just means you're a long way from the hole. The course has a lot of bunkers, and he's a pretty good bunker player. You can usually put yourself in a situation that even if you get in trouble, you can still get out of it and make bogeys."
The Scarlet Course measures almost 7,500 yards and plays to par 71. The state qualifiers from the Columbus-area tend to have an advantage because many of them have played the course multiple times.
"His game fits the course," Dill said. "Length is important there, and putting and chipping are really important and those are all things he does pretty well."
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