“I’m always practicing all of the time,” he said. “I’m always on the golf course, probably out there six days a week. I always make sure I put in the time because I want to be the best I can be.”
With dedication like that, it’s no wonder the Mount Paran Christian junior has been so successful. His attitude, demeanor and skill on the golf course has proven to be an asset for the Eagles over the past three seasons.
“Everybody looks up to him,” coach Scott Varner said. “He’s our leader. He’s a quiet leader, but for a kid that’s won the region two of the past three years — it’s a cliche, but we go as he goes.”
Young has been the cog in the engine of Mount Paran’s golf program. He shot 70 to win medalist honors at the Area 4A championship this season, and in the process assisted the Eagles to consecutive region titles. His 77 in the Class A private school state tournament earned him a tie for 15th individually and helped lead Mount Paran to a fourth-place showing as a team.
For his stellar season, Young is the 2013 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Boys Golfer of the Year.
“It feels great (to be golfer of the year),” Young said. “I didn’t expect it, which makes it feel even better.
“It was a good season. It happened to come at a time when I was hitting the ball well and doing everything right on the golf course. I was just trying to play my best for the team and for coach. It just happened to work out well.”
Young has been one of Mount Paran’s best golfers since he joined the program.
A region champion as a freshman, he tied for region medalist honors as well as a sophomore, only to lose the crown in a playoff.
He also was part of the Eagles’ first state tournament team in 2011 and has since made three consecutive appearances in the finals. Young shot a 73 at the Class A tournament as a freshman to earn state runner-up honors and tied for ninth last year after another 73.
“Any golf team is dependent on those one or two guys to bring in that low score,” Varner said. “(Young is) just so consistent. He’s the hardest worker we have. He’s out there all of the time practicing — working on his short game, working on the parts of his game that matter.
“A lot of kids like to go out there and beat balls. He’ll spend more time on the putting green and chipping areas, knowing that’s such a huge component of getting his game ready to go at the next level. We’re excited for him. It’s a great honor (for him to be golfer of the year). Hopefully, it’ll help spark-plug him a little bit going into next year.”
As the only upperclassman on a Mount Paran roster that included four sophomores and two freshmen, Young was called upon to lead a young group of golfers as the Eagles hoped to fulfill their postseason aspirations. According to Varner, it wasn’t hard for Young to pick up that mantel of leadership and take over when his team needed him to.
“He knows he’s our leader, and he knows what’s expected of him,” Varner said. “It’s fun to coach kids like that. Of all the kids I’ve coached through the years, he will probably take and listen to information more than any kid I’ve had from a coaching standpoint.”
Entering his final season in 2014, Young looks forward to playing the best golf he possibly can.
“I always set my expectations high,” he said. “I’m always going to practice as hard as I can and try to play every round as best as I can. I’m trying to get better every day, so my expectations are always high.”