Grif­fin’s tak­ing his game to a new level

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - AROUND TOWN - By Tom Ker­rane

It may seem like there is plenty of sum­mer left, but be­lieve it or not, the fall high school golf sea­son is al­ready upon us.

7KH fiUVW PDWFKHV IRU VRPH ORFDO school teams will come on Mon­day.

In this area last fall, there was no bet­ter high school player than Wis­saKLFNRn’V -DOHn GULIfin.

AV D VRSKRPRUH, GULIfin wRn WKH Subur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence LnGLYLGuDO WLWOH, TuDOL­fiHG IRU GLVWULFWV, re­gion­als and the state cham­pi­onship, wKHUH KH KDG D WRS-20 finLVK.

This sum­mer, his game and his char­ac­ter have only risen to new heights. Last month, he set a new tour­na­ment record at the Christ­man Cup, a Golf As­so­ci­a­tion of Philadel­phia ju­nior event played on Me­rion’s West Course, wKLFK GULIfin EOLVWHUHG IRU D 36-KROH to­tal of 7-un­der-par, his 133 to­tal a new tour­ney record.

GULIfin, wKR uS WR WKDW SRLnW KDG D FDUHHU-ORw RI 67 Rn WKH VDPH WHVW CRuUVH, SRVWHG D finDO-URunG 65 Ln wLn­ning the Christ­man.

He was one of four ju­niors to rep­re­sent the GAP at the pres­ti­gious Wil­liamson Cup, where the GAP team SODFHG IRuUWK DnG GULIfin wDV VHFRnG in­di­vid­u­ally among top ju­nior play­ers from 10 dif­fer­ent re­gional golf as­so­ci­a­tions.

Along the way, he has been at­tend­ing golf camps and tour­na­ments across the coun­try, and tak­ing an early look at some pos­si­ble col­lege des­ti­na­tions.

All in all, it has been a good sum­mer, EuW GULIfin LV UHDGy IRU WKH OHVV-KHFWLF pace of his ju­nior year at Wis­sahickon and play­ing for the Tro­jans golf team.

“This comes at a great time for me af­ter play­ing in all these tour­na­ments,” GULIfin VDLG RI WKH KLJK VFKRRO VHDVRn, “to come out and play nine holes of golf with a bunch of guys you’ve known for many years, and with your team­mates who you see ev­ery day. You get to have fun with your team. “I re­ally like this time of the year.” GULIfin LV nRw 16 DnG DW 5-IRRW-5 and 110 pounds soak­ing wet, will not be mis­taken for a line­backer on the football team any time soon. But he can sure hit a golf ball, not the long­est player off the tee, but of­ten the most ac­cu­rate and more of­ten than not earn­ing hon­ors for hit­ting off the next tee.

Still, no one is more crit­i­cal of Grif­fin WKDn KH LV Rn KLPVHOI, KDYLnJ WDVWHG suc­cess and know­ing he wants more of it.

“Over­all, I’m harder on my­self now,” said the Talam­ore CC mem­ber. “I know what I’ve been able to shoot and I know I should be able to go out

there and shoot a good num­ber. If I shoot a bad num­ber, I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed be­cause I be­lieve I can do what the kids at the top are do­ing.

“I try to look back on good rounds I’ve shot and know I can come back.”

7KLs yHDU, GULIfin KDs nRW only been play­ing in tour­na­ments and play­ing for WURSKLHs RU WRS finLsKHs, the 16-year-old is play­ing for a cause. A fam­ily IULHnG RI WKH GULIfin IDPLly is a 7-year-old boy stricken with epilepsy. Through the AJGA and the USGA, Grif­fin KDs EHHn UDLsLnJ PRnHy IRU C85E ESLlHSsy (CLWLzens United for Re­search in Epilepsy). His goal is $5,000. So far, he is a lit­tle over half­way there.

7KH $-G$ ($PHULFDn -unior Golf As­so­ci­a­tion) has a pro­gram called Lead­er­ship Links, where play­ers can raise PRnHy Rn­lLnH. GULIfin UHFHLvHs ei­ther one-time do­na­tions or mone­tary spon­sors based on the num­ber of birdies he has in spon­sored tour­na­ments.

“I am get­ting al­most $10 for ev­ery birdie I make in a na­tional tour­na­ment,” said GULIfin, wKR KDs 58 suFK ELUGies. “That’s a huge mo­ti­va­tion WKLnJ IRU PH. $W 0HULRn (Ln the Christ­man), I was able to give a huge boost for them.

“It’s a great feel­ing to go out and make a birdie and know you’re do­ing some­thing for some­one else by do­ing that. It’s in your head, you just raised $10 to help fam­i­lies with epilepsy.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on -DlHn GULIfin’s IunGUDLsLnJ for epilepsy, go to the fol­low­ing link:

ht t ps : / / www. a j ga. org/ PIF/Home­Pages/in­dex2. asp?UID=121036#

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / GENE WALSH

Jalen Grif­fin at the Montco Am­a­teur Ju­nior Golf tour­na­ment at the Ply­mouth Coun­try Club.

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