Wil­son hop­ing to fol­low up on strong year

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

2018 was a mem­o­rable year for Swift Cur­rent’s Grif­fin Wil­son as his golf ca­reer took him south of the bor­der and even across the At­lantic Ocean.

Wil­son capped a strong sea­son with an ap­pear­ance at the Maple Leaf Ju­nior Golf Tour Bos­ton Pizza Na­tional Cham­pi­onship pre­sented by Tay­lormade & Adi­das Golf at The Legacy Golf Club, Phoenix, AZ, in No­vem­ber.

He con­tin­ued his solid sea­son when he tied for sev­enth out of 26 golfers in the Ju­nior Boys Divi­sion at Na­tion­als. Wil­son opened the three-round event with a 75 on the 6,600-yard, par-71 course. He fol­lowed up with a 76 on day two and then carded a 77 in the fi­nal round.

Kelowna’s Justin Tow­ill won the divi­sion with an even par 213 (72-70-71).

“Tied for sev­enth isn’t a ter­ri­ble fin­ish,” said Wil­son. “I wanted to fin­ish higher, the goal was to fin­ish top-five or higher, so I wasn’t too far off. It just came down to a cou­ple putts on the fi­nal day that didn’t go my way. Over­all, it was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence and it was a good time down there.”

Wil­son had pre­vi­ously at­tended Na­tion­als in Florida two years ago.

Wil­son placed third in the Ju­nior Boys MJT Saskatchewan Or­der of Merit Stand­ings over the sum­mer.

“I thought it got off to a good start, win­ning the first tour­na­ment on May long and then win­ning in North Bat­tle­ford in June. Af­ter that it kind of slowed down a bit. Provin­cials, prob­a­bly my biggest tour­na­ment of the year, I didn’t fin­ish the way that I wanted to fin­ish. I kind of got back up again at the Men’s Am, fin­ish­ing in the top 25, which was my goal. It fin­ished off pretty good with Na­tion­als and then the Labour Day Tour­na­ment, win­ning the first flight, I lost out on the se­cond hole of the Horse Race, but win­ning the first flight, I was pretty happy with that.”

“I think when I was do­ing good I was putting well and I was stay­ing to my process,” he ex­plained. “My men­tal coach, Kyle Mac­don­ald and I would make a game plan ev­ery week. When­ever I ex­e­cuted it well, stick to one hole at a time and stick to the strat­egy. that’s when I won or shot good scores. When I wasn’t play­ing as good or missed a cou­ple putts you lose you mojo on the course. When I was play­ing good I was stick­ing to my process, mak­ing the putts, and do­ing what I do the best.

Wil­son also got to rep­re­sent his coun­try over seas when he trav­elled to Es­to­nia to par­tic­i­pate in the Ju­nior Nordic Match Play event, which fea­tured Es­to­nia, Fin­land, and Swe­den.

Wil­son took a loss in the al­ter­nate shot match and he lost on hole 17 in his sin­gles match

“It was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence. I met a lot of kids over there and played against some re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion, some kids that are go­ing to Divi­sion I schools. It was nice to com­pete against them and judge my game with theirs.”

Wil­son said he has been sup­ported by a num­ber of peo­ple in his golf ca­reer.

“I’ve been lucky to work with a lot of peo­ple over my life. Kyle Mac­don­ald has ob­vi­ously helped me with my men­tal game. Jeff Cham­bers is my swing coach and Jeff Grose is also been a guy that’s been there my whole life to help me out and give me tips.”

Dur­ing the sea­son Wil­son is on the course five or six days a week. He said he has tried to spend his time more ef­fi­ciently at the course.

“I’m kind of de­cid­ing about col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties where I want to go and if I want to go down south. I will prob­a­bly end up do­ing that so just de­cid­ing where I want to go,” he said of his fu­ture plans.

Wil­son will be in his fi­nal sea­son in the Ju­nior Boys Divi­sion on the Maple Leaf Ju­nior Golf Tour this sum­mer

“I want to make it to Na­tion­als, the Cana­dian Ju­nior Na­tion­als. That will mean I have to fin­ish top-three at Provin­cials. An­other huge goal would be to makes the Men’s Am, which would be a top-10 fin­ish at the Men’s Am­a­teur. Ob­vi­ously I want to pick up some MJT wins this year. My age group is go­ing to be very tough this year with a lot of good play­ers. I just want to com­pete with them and pick up some wins along the way.” #11-1081

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