When Tyler Douthitt took to the links this summer in the Imperial Valley Junior Golf Association, he got two victories in the first two tournaments.
Those winning weeks were followed by the reality of the difficult sport as Douthitt struggled in the next two events and didn't place in the top three slots in either.
Douthitt persevered through the drought, went to the driving range and worked on perfecting his swing, which led to his third victory in the IVJGA this summer, this one Friday at the Campestre Club de Golf in Mexicali.
Playing in the championship flight, Douthitt fired an 81 on the par-72 course, besting Gabriel Plaza and Jose Ramos by two strokes.
"I just went out and hit a lot or range balls, adjusted my swing and got it in shape," said the 14-year-old Douthitt, a freshman this fall at Southwest High School in El Centro. "I had been playing pretty good but then came those two bad rounds. Mostly I just had to think about my swing, get my clubs in a groove and repeat that method.