Athlete of the Week: Greg Mitchals, Willard

You might think most golfers would be consumed by their sport; always watching when they’re not playing.

But not everyone feels that way.

“I don’t like to watch golf. My mom has been to every golf tournament since I was 10 and I don’t know how she does it,” said Willard junior Greg Mitchals.

Well, for one, she has plenty to cheer for, cheering on her son, Greg.

The Willard standout possess many skills needed to be a good golfer.

Among them, is a confidence that’s been growing for a while.

“We kind of saw that starting last year, winning the conference tournament, winning the district tournament and advancing to the state tournament,” said Willard Head Coach Matt Stone.

Greg has done the same this year with a conference win, district win and sectional runner-up.

He’ll head to the state tournament for the third time in three years.

He’s using those experiences to his advantage.

“Freshman year, you look at the kids who are juniors and seniors and you’re pretty worried, and now you’ve seen them a couple years before so you’re not scared of them anymore and you know if you play well you’ll beat them,” Greg said.

So Greg says his approach this go-round is simple.

“[Try to] finish as low as possible, try to win. Winning would be extremely hard so trying to get all-state would be awesome,” Greg said.

All-state is awarded to the top 15 players in the tournament.

Stone says why not aim big.

“I think you’ve got to believe you can win it,” Stone said. “Because anybody that goes there if they’re good enough can put together two good rounds to win.”

So even if Greg doesn’t like watching golf, he’s giving those who do a reason to watch him.

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