Student Athlete of the Week: St. Stanislaus’ Jack Lawson
Out of St. Stanislaus, Jack Lawson has exploded onto the high school golf scene this season, but he’s been knocking down putts on the Coast and across the country for the last eight years.
In his young life, there haven’t been many times that 13-year-old Jack Lawson isn’t hitting the links, playing his first round of organized golf at the age of just five and swinging his first golf club even earlier.
The catalyst behind the young golf phenom, the man that handed him his first club, is his dad. “My dad plays a lot and he was really good and I wanted to beat him and I’ve gotten to where I can beat him. But he’s had back surgery and his back is bad so he can’t really play that much.”
As a seventh grader on the St. Stanislaus varsity team, Lawson plays against high school seniors twice his size and five-years-older and yet Lawson still holds his own. Golf Head Coach Mark Logan said, “At first I think they look at him and they see his size and they’re like ‘oh this kid’s not going to be much.’ But once he hits the first, second ball and then all of sudden you look and he’s on the green and he’s putting for birdie. Then I think they say ‘uh oh, maybe this kid can play.’”
Despite what Lawson’s success may indicate, the shots don’t always go his way and when they don’t, he is learning to keep his focus on the fairway. “I just take a deep breath and focus on my next shot. Back away for a moment. That’s been my biggest challenge is emotions. I get really mad when I hit a bad shot because I’m so competitive.”
In his first season on varsity, Lawson has already made his value known. After the seventh grader’s first few high school tournaments, Logan moved Lawson to the number one spot on the team. Since then, Lawson has emerged as a leader for the Rock-a-Chaws, especially when he was the low medalist, shooting a 74 in the district match where he helped secure the district title for St. Stanislaus. “You know, again, he shot a 74 low medalist and I think the other guys sort of fed off of that because we had two or three other guys that shot their best on that tournament also.”
This promising young golfer’s aspirations don’t end with district or even state titles, Lawson has a bigger goal. “Be on the Tour. And I kinda want to win one major.”
Before the PGA Tour, next up for Lawson and the Rock-a-Chaws are the MHSAA Boys State Championships on May 3rd and 4th.
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