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Tucker a measure of consistency for 'Cats

May 01, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer
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When Brawley Union High School's Jorden Tucker steps on a golf course's first hole, in his mind the challenge is not trying to play better than those he is grouped with but in the 300 yards ahead of him.

Staying focused on the task and not letting anything distract him has been the key to Tucker's success throughout the year and was the reason for his top performances last week.

Against Eastlake High School of Chula Vista, Tucker shot a 34 on the par-36 course, leading Brawley to a 193-212 victory.

He followed that by shooting a combined 160 over two days at the 30-team Kiwanis Tournament in Borrego Springs, where the Wildcats placed 12th.

"I usually go out there just trying to play steady and solid. At Borrego Springs I tried to stay in my golf game and focus on the course, not the other players with me," said the 17-year-old senior. "At that tournament, though, I think I could've played a little better than I did, but I was happy with how I finished."

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On the first day of the tournament Friday, Tucker turned in an 81, which his coach Scott Phillips said could've been better had it not been for gusty winds. Things went a lot better for Tucker on Saturday as he finished with a 79, including his first ever hole-in-one on the first hole.

"That first day I just lost focus. Then on Saturday I wanted to play better because of the disappointment the day before," said Tucker. "I think the difference in those two days was that on the second day I just tried to play better longer. I tried to keep the ball in play and stayed patient. And I was able to play pretty solid."

Tucker is dedicated to improving his game. Phillips said Tucker puts in about three hours of practice every day, including practicing at 6 a.m. at Del Rio Country Club in Brawley.

"Jorden is very dedicated. He's got a good mental attitude, which helps keep his frame of mind focused during matches. He's also a lot more mature this year than last year," said Phillips. "He has really matured and has stepped up as a team leader.

"He's just a super individual with a lot to offer. Jorden has really stuck to his morals and stuck by his guns. Jorden is an outstanding person and means a lot to this team."

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