Down Under: Price shoots two-under par on second day of Junior Golf tournament
By BEN WATANABE
South Whidbey Record Sports, South Whidbey School District, South Whidbey Fire/EMS
October 7, 2011 · Updated 3:35 PM
Harrison Price had slacked a bit from his golf training regimen this summer.
It would be hard to tell, given his score of 70 strokes at the Palouse Junior Open last weekend.
The senior at South Whidbey shot one of his career-best scores on the second day of the tournament in Pullman.
“The first day I hit a couple balls in the water, so that was two or three strokes,” Price said. “I just played solid the second day. I made a couple of long putts and hit a lot of greens and finished solid.”
A shotgun start on the sixth hole helped him begin the day with a couple of early birdies on the eighth and ninth holes.
“I was feeling pretty good then,” Price said.
During a few summer golf tournaments, Price worked on putting and his short game. He changed his grip and used a claw grip at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
“It definitely helped,” he said. “You make one little change and everything clicks.”
His total score of 149 put him in 23rd place out of 73 golfers in the division. Tyler Carlson, a 12th-grade student from Clarkston, Idaho, was the winning golfer in the boys 9th-to-12th grade division and shot a 136.
“It was one of the best fields I ever played in,” Price said. “There were some college coaches there.”
Price visited a school in Chicago this week with the hope of extending his golf career into college. At all of the universities Price visited, he met and spoke with the golf coach.
“You just go visit a school and look around, but when you have people there you can talk to who know more about how stuff works, it’s nice,” Price said.
In May, Price competed in the 2A state boys golf tournament for the second year in a row. He will play to return for a third swing at the state championship this coming spring.
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