Chaminade junior Jack Guyot learned something important in the Gateway PGA Junior Tour Championship.
Guyot captured the two-tournament at WingHaven Country Club. He finished with an even 144 on rounds of 66 and 78 to claim boys’ Tour Division and overall titles.
It was the summer season-ending tournament for local junior golfers.
“It was a good confidence booster, and a good reminder that even if I have a bad start I can always comeback,” Guyot said.
Guyot entered the summer tournament season wanting to improve after his sophomore season with the Red Devils.
“I came into this summer looking to improve,” Guyot said. “I set goals to shoot under par in every tournament, and have multiple wins. I didn’t make the first goal, but was glad to win more.
“My sophomore season (at Chaminade) wasn’t as successful as my freshman year. I struggled a lot with some swing changes that caused a lot of inconsistencies.”
Hard work and dedication helped Guyot improve his overall game.
He won the Gateway tournament at Old Hickory when he shot 2-under.
“That felt great because it was my home course,” Guyot said. “I also managed to win our junior club championship there a couple weeks later by making a long birdie on the last hole. That was really fun.”
Heading into the tourney at WingHaven, Guyot had one task to accomplish.
“My goal is always to win,” Guyot said. “But honestly, I just wanted to post two good scores for the tournament because it was the last one of the summer.”
Playing WingHaven is something Guyot enjoys. It’s a tough track that provides a good test.
“It’s a great course. There are a lot of birdie opportunities out there, but it can penalize you severely if you make mistakes,” Guyot said. “It’s a classic Nicklaus signature course.”
His first round saw Guyot on fire. He opened with a 6-under par 66.
“The day started off really slow, I was plus-2 after four holes,” Guyot said. “Then I holed a bunker shot for eagle at 5. That really got me going. I had a wedge in at both 7 and 9, and managed to put both of them to within a foot. So I went from plus-2 to shooting 2-under on the front. That was a huge confidence builder making the turn.
“On the back, I continued throwing darts with my short irons, and started seeing the lines of my putts really well. I birdied 11, 12, and 13. I rolled in a 10-footer to save par on 16, then hit it close again on 17 and made another birdie. I parred 18 to shoot 66. It felt great to go that deep in competition.”
Guyot has shot 66 a couple of times before, he said. However, this was the first time he shot a 66 in a tournament.
Heading into the second round, Guyot wanted to maintain his position in first place.
“I was thinking I just wanted to keep my lead and post a good number, but I learned you should never play not to lose,” Guyot said. “You have to always play to win.”
Guyot shot a 78 in the second round.
“I got off to a bad start,” Guyot said. “I was struggling with my driver, and that made me start overthinking a bit, and led to a couple of 3-putts. I started the day with a five-shot lead and after 8 holes I was down by two. I ended up shooting 42 on the front, and was down by one.
“But even that bad start I still had confidence, I still felt like it was my tournament to win.”
So he went out and grabbed the lead back from Lutheran South graduate Zach Shirley, who will be playing golf at Lyon College, a NAIA school in Batesville, Ark.
“I rolled in a good birdie putt on 10, to get some confidence back,” Guyot said. “Zach and I were trading the lead throughout the back nine, and that was fun. It was like a match play event, and that’s something I really enjoy. I’ve had a lot of success in match play.”
Going into No. 16, the two were tied.
“Zach hit his approach really close. Mine was about 25 feet from hole, with a double break, and I managed to roll it in,” Guyot said. “He missed his putt then, and so I had a one-shot lead going to 17. I managed to get up and down for par on 17 and 18, to shoot even on the back and win by a shot. “
Guyot wrapped up his title on the final hole.
“I almost holed my chip for birdie on 18, and had a tap in,” Guyot said. “When Zach missed his putt, I knew I had held on for the win.”
This was a big victory for Guyot.
“I was really happy for the win. It felt great to get such a big win for the final tournament on the summer,” Guyot said. “The trophy is so cool, and I’m proud my name will be on it forever – right next to the great Colin Stolze.”
Stolze, a Chaminade graduate, will be a sophomore at Missouri S&T, where he plays collegiate golf.
Guyot wants to play well next spring for the Red Devils.
“I am really looking forward to my next two seasons with Chaminade,” Guyot said.