Nelson golfer hopes to take home Fort Worth Junior title

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After two rounds of the Fort Worth Junior Boys Golf Tournament last year, Byron Nelson golfer Hayden Springer owned sole possession of third place with a combined score of 145.

He was dangerously close to claiming a spot in the championship flight on the final day, which is played at Colonial Country Club, home of the PGA’s Crowne Plaza Invitational.

His third round did not go nearly as expected, dropping him out of the hunt and out of the championship flight.

This year, he expects to play Colonial on the final day and he expects to win.

“I looking forward to playing Colonial Country Club, is the big thing,” Springer said. “I defiantly think I can win, and I go into the tournament planning to win.”

Springer most certainly has the experience to back up his expectations.

The rising junior has two years of varsity experience under his belt for the school named after the pro golf legend, which he said he feels blessed to represent.

In those two seasons, Springer has been a part of back-to-back state tournament teams, a district championship team and a regional championship team. In 2012, as a freshman, he was his team’s top individual finisher, placing 17th with a combined score of 150.

His coach, Barry Hawkins, believes this experience is huge heading into the Fort Worth Juniors.

“It’s a tournament that attracts a lot of good players in the area, so you’re going to need some experience going in and not just playing, but big-time tournament experience to do well and Hayden has that,” Hawkins said.

For Springer, he believes the citywide tournament, taking place July 22-25, is the best place to experience the pressures of the big-tournament spotlight, which will carry over into the third year of his high school career.

“It’s always good. It’s tough when you get under pressure and to perform to the best that you know you can and what people know you can,” Springer said. “To put yourself in those situations helps a lot.”

He also loves the challenge of playing some of the toughest courses in Fort Worth, which, besides Colonial, include Rockwood Country Club, Pecan Valley Hills Golf Course, Ridglea Country Club and River Crest, among many others.

Hawkins said he knows he has the talent and experience to tackle these courses and the competition that the tournament provides. He also hopes that this tournament and his offseason training will bring back an even more dangerous player to the Nelson high school team come September.

“I spoke with Hayden before school was out this year and he knows that I’m expecting big things from him next year. He has to continue to improve and lower his scoring average down and continue to be a little bit more consistent,” Hawkins said. “He’s just the type of kid that will continue to improve.”

However, as for the Fort Worth Juniors, he knows exactly what Springer’s mentality will be heading into the tournament having not talked to him all summer.

“Knowing Hayden, going into this tournament, his expectation would be to win it,” Hawkins said. “He’s that type of player and he’s that talented.”

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