Elliot takes Panthers to state in golf

By Taylor Grafft

After putting together a highly successful season and finishing at the top of the leaderboard in every tournament he has played, junior Blake Elliot will represent Liberty Hill at the State Golf Tournament at Wolf-Dance Golf Course at the Hyatt-Regency Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop on  April 28-29.

Elliot finished fourth overall at the Regional Tournament in Lubbock after shooting an 80 on the first day and a 71 in the next round. Elliot says that the wind picked up on the first day of the tournament in Lubbock and caused the golfers some problems. The following day he felt much more comfortable and was able to turn in a low round of 71 with nicer weather and less pressure.

At the District Tournament in Burnet the week before, Elliot’s two district rounds were 82 and 70. Last year, Elliot shot in the 80s in both rounds and says that this year he’s taken a huge step in his golf game and is much more confident in his abilities. He said the key to his success has been focusing on having fun and remaining calm.

Elliot’s friend James Rollins was his roommate at the Regional Tournament in Lubbock and someone who Elliot plays and practices with on a regular basis and helps keep Elliot calm during tournaments.

According to Coach Danny Knowles, “The two had their sights set on Regionals for about a year now. No one has worked harder than those two to get to this point.”

Elliot wants to make sure that he isn’t putting any added pressure on himself going into the State Tournament. He plans to go to Lubbock early and play a practice round on Sunday before the tournament kicks off the next day. It will give him a chance to get familiar with the course and be more confident.

“I’m going into the State Tournament and pretending like it’s just another golf course and just another tournament,” said Elliot. “I just want to focus on having fun and enjoying the new experiences.”

Elliot says making the State Tournament exceeded his expectations and goals he set earlier this year, but he plans to take in and enjoy the experience of being at State as much as he can and appreciating the great accomplishment.

Coach Knowles describes Elliot’s golf game as great and that he is one of the hardest workers he has coached.

“He tends to drive the ball long and in play,” Coach Knowles said. “He approaches greens and attacks the hole with great consistency. If he is putting well, he can shoot some low numbers. He is confident and borderline cocky, which reflects a belief in his skills.”