MEBANE — Roseboro’s Colton Danks shot an 11-over par 83 on the first day of the Tarheel Youth Golf Association’s Tournament of Champions on Tuesday at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane.
Danks made three double bogeys that derailed what was otherwise a good ball striking day. He made one birdie en route to the round that left him in seventh place after the opening day.
“I don’t feel like I hit it all that bad today,” said Danks, “but I really did a poor job of minimizing the damage out there. Mill Creek is a beautiful course that I really enjoy playing, but it doesn’t take much to make a bad score out here. It is like a target golf course, and if you’re the slightest bit off target, you can really make a big number.”
Danks hit many good putts from 10-15 feet that burned up the edges as well. Had half of them fallen, even with the few bad holes, he would probably have been looking at a score in the upper 70s.
Although Danks didn’t play his best, and wasn’t entirely thrilled with what he was able to do on Tuesday, he did keep an upbeat attitude, and tried to keep his head in the game throughout the round.
“That’s something that I have been working on and am continuing to work on,” he said. “Sometimes it’s hard to find a positive attitude when things aren’t going so well, but I am beginning to learn that keeping a positive attitude will make you more likely to succeed at whatever you’re doing. It’ll also give yourself a good reputation, which is something that’s important to me. As much as I love the game of golf, and love to play well and win, I want to make sure that I am respectful on the course and being a true gentleman of the game.”
Headed into Wednesday, Danks was optimistic.
“I know that I need something in the 60s to have a shot of winning, but if I don’t it’ll be a good experience that I can use as a tool going forward. If I don’t win, I don’t win, but I am going to try to get as much out of the second round as I can.”
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