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Ever since Jack Jones was young, he’s had an interest in golf. Now that interest has paid off as he’s made a big impact on the boys varsity golf team, as a freshman.

His father, John Jones said Jack has always had an eye for golf. It came to him naturally, as he excelled in the matches he participated in.

“He started to show some early signs that he really enjoyed it a lot and then when he started to play some of the local competitions, he did very well,” John Jones said. “It’s a nice combination because it was something he enjoyed and something that he seemed to have talent for.”

According to assistant coach, David Wittwer, Jack’s mindset for the game of golf is consistent. The mental side of golf is tricky, but Jack doesn’t overthink the bad shots. Instead, he keeps an even temper and concentrates on the next shot.

“Jack has a really good attitude,” Wittwer said. “He doesn’t get down on himself if he happens to hit a bad shot. He just finds the ball and doesn’t get too upset about what happened in the past. He’s just focused on what he can do to make it better in the future.”

With greater age and experience, Jack’s game has improved. Although his nerves may have gotten to him when he was just getting started with golf, those nerves have died down and he has become less anxious, and in return, more true to his sport.

“Historically, he’s been very streaky,” John Jones said. “He’d be great for four or five holes and then not so good for a few holes, but as he’s gotten a little bit older and more mature, he’s been more consistent and relaxed.”

When determining who would be selected onto the boys varsity golf team, Wittwer and the rest of the coaching staff made the decision to name Jack a member of the team. Wittwer gives all the credit to Jack for his performance at tryouts and says that when comparing the golfers, it’s easy to tell who has a knack for the sport.

“He came out and tried out and earned a spot,” Wittwer said. “That’s the great thing about golf. Everybody plays the same coarse and it’s real easy to compare the results, so he earned this all on his own.”

While Jack has high expectations for himself, he understands that it will take time for him to become the golfer who can lead the Blue Devils team. With his talent, hard work, and good attitude, there’s no limit to what he can achieve on the golf course.

“I want to be the best on the team,” Jack Jones ’22 said. “It’s going to take a while because I’m only a ninth grader, but that’s my goal.”

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