JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — How does a 15-year-old golfer handle a dream start to his round?
“I was really just trying to focus on the next shot especially after starting birdie, par, eagle,” Bolles sophomore, Luke Balaskiewicz, said.
“I was just like stay out of your own way,” he added.
Balaskiewicz fired a first round 61 at a Notah Begay Junior Golf Championship qualifier at the University of Georgia golf course winning the tournament by a whopping 13 strokes.
“The kid on my 9th hole which was my 18th hole he said not to put any pressure on you but you’re beating everybody by 10 and then I laughed a little bit,” he said with a smile.
Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner, and Patrick Reed are some of the more prominent professional golfers who have had their fair share of rounds at the UGA course.
But, they’re all looking up at the 15-year-old from Jacksonville as his 61 is a new course record.
“It’s pretty cool just glad to be in good company it’s pretty awesome,” he said.
A few weeks after his 61 Balaskiewicz narrowly missed the cut at the U.S. Junior Amateur at Bandon Dunes in Bend, Oregon. A respectable showing coming off the heels of his career round.
Right now, the Bolles Bulldog is swinging easy and putting free as he has found a new level of confidence thanks to his dream round that will live forever in the record books.
The Notah Begay Boys Junior Golf Championships will be held at Koasati Pines at Coushatta in Kinder, Louisiana from November 7-9.