Elliott sets school record with 64
By SEAN SHAPIRO
Blake Elliott was feeling “it” at the Manor Tournament last week at Blackhawk Country Club.
Now, he couldn’t describe exactly what “it” was, but after he rolled in a long putt on the first hole, he knew he was in for a good day.
“I probably shouldn’t have made that putt,” Elliott said. “That really is a good way to start. From there, I just kind of kept rolling and making putts like I haven’t made before.”
It was Elliott’s best day ever on the course, and the best-ever performance by a Liberty Hill High School golfer.
The junior fired an 8-under-par 64. His prior personal best was 2-under-par 70.
“I smashed (my old score),” Elliott said. “The entire round just kept progressing, and everything was working right from the beginning.”
While he smashed his old score, he also blew away the tournament field. He was the only golfer in the field to break par, and finished nine strokes ahead of Hays’ Gerry Diaz who finished second with a 1-over-par 73.
His performance also gave Liberty Hill a top-four finish in its first tournament of the fall season, and the first time the Panthers had enough athletes to register a team score.
In the past, Liberty Hill never had enough golfers to register a four-person team score, forcing Elliott and his teammates to enter tournaments as individuals.
At the Manor Tournament they posted a team score of 335, just seven strokes behind third-place Belton. Twelve teams entered the tournament.
After Elliott’s championship effort, James Rollins fired a 4-over-par 78, while Nico Edel recorded an 80. Aaron Johnson rounded out the Panthers’ score with a 113.
In the spring, Liberty Hill will be able to compete as a team at the district tournament. Before that, Liberty Hill is using the fall season to get ready for the crucial season.
“I’m using the fall for a couple things,” Elliott said. “I’m working on specific parts of my game, I’m also adjusting to the distances we play at high school. Because, it’s slightly shorter than what I played during the summer.”