Player diary: Brad Dalke (Part 2)
Friday, May 23, 2014
I have been very busy trying to balance out golf and school. The last few months of the school year are always tough because I start to play more tournaments and we are trying to get a lot of school work done before summer break. It's been busy, but I'm finally done with school, and I'm ready to travel and play some golf!
Since I last blogged, I have played in the Terra Cotta Amateur in Naples, Fla.; the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley in Graniteville, S.C.; and several high school events including the Oklahoma 2A State Championship.
The Terra Cotta is a prestigious amateur event at Naples National Golf Club. It was a fun week with many great amateurs, including some top juniors. I played pretty well and shot 71-70-72 for the three rounds. I finished in a tie for second with Hayden Wood from Edmond, Okla. Davis Riley, the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, won the tournament after some great play. Denny Glass and his organization run a very special event. The course was in amazing shape and the weather was perfect.
My next event, the Junior Invitational, is the top-ranked junior event in the world. The Golfweek staff was there in full force, and it was fun hanging out with them. It is one of my favorite tournaments because it is the 'Masters' of junior golf. The course, Sage Valley, is in perfect condition, just like Augusta. I played really well and finished third. I shot 70-73-73, in the toughest junior field in golf.
Scottie Scheffler won the event by playing solid and long hitter Cameron Champ made a charge on the final day to get second. It was an awesome experience playing in front of hundreds of people in the final group on the last day, and something I'll never forget.
I have played in several Oklahoma high school events, and shot a 61 in one of them! I just played in the Oklahoma 2A State Championship as an individual and shot 70-67-75 to win. It was at Oakwood Country Club in Enid, Okla., and it was very windy and the greens were tricky. It felt incredible going in there and getting a win for my high school! The defending state champion, Mason Overstreet from Laverne, Okla., was a formidable opponent and made it a close contest.
One other great thing, my high school golf team had the best grade point average of all other 2A schools in Oklahoma and won the 2A Academic State Championship. My dad says our motto is "Our scores may be high, but our IQ is too!"
My next tournament is the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior over Memorial Weekend. I can't wait to go back to Scottsdale, Ariz., and play Grayhawk for the fourth year! It is a course I love and where I won my first AJGA Invitational at the age of 13. The tournament is May 24-26 and you can catch the live scoring at www.ajga.org and click on the 'Live Scoring' link. I am ready for some warm weather and Scottsdale will guarantee that!
I'm currently finishing up my school year. I can't wait to get to summer golf, traveling, and having some fun in all the great events on my schedule.
And . . . Congrats to my Oklahoma Sooners, qualifying for the NCAA Championship!
Until next time,
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