GREENWOOD — The most important trait a golfer can possess isn’t the aptitude to crush a drive 300 yards or a soft touch around the green. It’s the ability to stay composed.
Golf is a cruel, exasperating game, and those who let their aggravation get the best of them might as well avoid the tee box.
Austin Alexander has that innate ability to remain unflustered regardless of circumstance, despite only recently completing his sophomore year of high school at Mt. Vernon.
Thursday, while competing at the Center Grove regional on a cloudless summer day at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Greenwood, Alexander stayed cool, in spite of both the heat and some wretched luck on the front-nine greens.
Alexander tied for second in his threesome with Ben Davis’ Kyle Foster by carding an 85 on the day. Perry Meridian’s Dylan Windler shot a 72, good for one over par.