Congratulations to Junior Golfer Lucas Beck on a great golf season!
Reprinted By Will Willems Sports Editor Lebanon Reporter
Battle Ground — This year was going to be different for Lebanon junior Lucas Beck. The talented golfer had missed out on making the state finals as a freshman and sophomore, but throughout the regular season this year, he showed that he had taken the next steps to be among the top golfers in the state. But unfortunately in high school golf, if you are off on one day, it can hurt you. Such was the case on Thursday afternoon, when Beck got off to a slow start at the Lafayette Jefferson Regional and finished with an 80, missing the state finals by four shots. “From the get-go, he was just a little off,” Lebanon head coach Tracy Schooler said. “He got really close on hole one, and didn’t hit the green from 96 yards. He ended up right and in the bunker and had a tough chip out. It was just a tough start and early on, he just wasn’t in it.” Beck has historically played well at Battle Ground. As a freshman in the regional, he shot a 75 and missed state by one shot. Just a couple of weeks ago, he shot a 72 in the Lafayette Jefferson Tournament, which would have easily advanced him on Thursday. “The second half of the season, 74 was his high for a round,” Schooler said. “So this was a little shocking and I am in awe right now.” While he had a strong showing a freshman, the past two post-seasons haven’t ended the way Beck has wanted to. As a sophomore, he didn’t make it out of the sectional after shooting an 81. He shot better at the sectional this year, easily advancing, but had a tough round of the regional. Schooler said there is a bit of a mental block there that Beck has to work past next year. “It is a little like Phil Mickelson not winning the U.S. Open,” Schooler said. “It’s just a little bit of a mental block right now that he is going to have to work through next year.” While it wasn’t the end he was looking for, Beck had a strong junior season and showed he was among the best players around. He won some early season tournaments and finished first-team all-Sagamore Conference. Schooler said in many ways he took major steps forward, but emphasized that Beck’s putting is the biggest thing he needs to work on next year. “I really feel like he has taken that next step,” Schooler said. “For every bad experience, it prepares you for the future. We have to take a big learning tool from this and make him even better. He has to work hard, practice and never give up.”
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