VANDALIA – He’s within striking distance of the top spot in the GWOC conference but that isn’t enough for Butler High School sophomore golfer Austin Greaser.
“My goal for this year is to make it to state, either with the team or individually,” Greaser said.
Greaser has had a strong season so far, averaging 36.21 through 126 holes. This season follows what he calls his “best memory in golf,” winning the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Florida this past summer. In the July event, Greaser shot the low round of the tournament, a 67 in round two at the PGA National Resort. He won the boys’ 14-15 division by three strokes.
The Butler sophomore began golf when he was five, thanks to his dad who introduced him to the sport. While he used to play basketball and baseball, Greaser says it’s just golf now. He says he’s “not exactly sure” why he excels at the sport but does admit to practicing a lot.
As for what he brings to the Butler boys’ golf team, well, there’s his chipping and putting, which he says are strengths in his game but also his “energy and excitement.”
Greaser and his teammates have another month of the regular season before they head into tournament action