The Byron Nelson boys golf team had a phenomenal year in 2014, thanks in large part to the play of Hayden Springer.
The Nelson golfer shot a 74-71 at the state tournament this spring to help lead the Bobcats to a fourth-place finish, and coach Barry Hawkins said he will definitely lead the way next year.
“He gives us tons of experience,” Hawkins said. “He's going into his senior year, and he has been one of our top three or four players since we walked on campus.”
Hawkins said that there is one area in particular he wants Springer to work on this off-season.
“Hayden and I both agree that he needs to work on his consistency in terms of staying away from some big numbers,” Hawkins said. “He has a tendency to play outstanding golf for 16 or 17 holes, but there are one or two holes in that round that brings what could have been an outstanding round to just a decent round.”
Springer finished fourth at state last season individually and said that he will try to bring a couple of things to the team this season.
“I just try to make sure that we all remain friends and keep a positive attitude,” Springer said. “Every tournament, I am working as hard as I can to do the best that I can so that we can do the best we can as a team. Also, especially this year, and being a captain now, I am going to work hard to provide leadership and set a good example for the younger kids.”
Springer said he thought it was a great season for the Nelson boys golf team, stating the Bobcats especially well in the fall, and said even though the team did not do as well as it would have liked at state in the spring, it was still a success.
“As a team, we didn't do as well as we wanted to, but fourth place isn't bad,” Springer said. “We played in some really tough tournaments in the spring and I think it was good for us.”
Hawkins said he plans to work on his short game and become a “better mental player,” and said that his goals for next year are pretty straightforward.
“As a team, we definitely want to make it to the state tournament again, and contending,” Springer said. “That's definitely our biggest objective. We also want to medal in every tournament.”
Hawkins said Springer will need to have the best season possible for the Bobcats boys golf team to be successful and said he believes that the Nelson golfer is very capable of stepping up to the challenge.
“I'm going to rely primarily on my top two seniors, which will be Hayden and Johnny [Jones],” Hawkins said. “With tons of experience, and both with big time tournaments under their belts, we're going to be leaning on those two a whole lot.”