Keller Citizen

Nelson sophomore wins two junior events in a week

The first sport you think of when Byron Nelson High School is mentioned is golf ... obviously, since the school is named after the late hall-of-fame golfer.

Nelson has had many great golfers and teams come through its school, but one in particular may be helping the golf team get to a higher level.

Sophomore Seth Hopper is having a terrific summer after he won two NTPGA Junior events last week.

Hopper first won an event at Timarron Country Club on July 21, then followed that up by winning at Fossil Creek on July 24.

“Seth has played well this summer. I'm really happy about his progression,” coach Barry Hawkins said.

After graduating three seniors last year, Hawkins has three spots on the boys’ side available for this upcoming season and believes Seth has one of the better chances to make it.

“He's improved his game. Last season he ranked 12th or 13th out of 24 players on the team,” Hawkins said. “He played well. He had a couple of second-place finishes, won once and even qualified for one varsity-level event.”

Hopper still has three years left at the school and can give a tremendous boost to the Bobcats.

A few things Hawkins loves about Seth's game is that he's “consistent off the tee and uses the putter well.”

“He has a terrific short game,” Hawkins added.

Last October, Hopper finished in the top 3 of the Lake Dallas Developmental, then finished tied for 11th in the Canyon West Preview in March.

“With any young player, he'll get mentally stronger. He's preparing to play more difficult courses,” Hawkins said. “His game has evolved. He's working on his mental game, his discipline and will get better at it with age.”