Jacob Mason has all the talent in the world.
He just needed the right place to show it off.
After a rather unpleasant first two years of high school, Mason transferred to Holy Family and was instantly embraced by the Tigers family and his game flourished.
His scoring average was a stellar 69.9 strokes per round over the course of 12 events. He was the medalist in four Tri-Valley League events, he won the Eaton Invitational and was a regional champion at CommonGround G.C. in Aurora against arguably one of the best fields in the state. He finished sixth at the state tournament in Boulder and for all of this he earns Player of the Year honors.
“The highlight of my season was being able to win regionals, and going to state as a team. I also enjoyed being in contention at state on the last day,” said Mason, who earlier this month traveled to Reno and won a FCWT Junior Golf Tour Event at the Wolf Run Golf Club. “I just need to keep grinding, and be better about forgetting the bad things that happen out there and focus on what’s ahead.”
The camaraderie with his teammates — Garrett Green, Jackson Grace, Alex Mumm and Leo Nelson to name a few — was instantaneous and something that he desperately needed after leaving his previous school with such a sour taste in his mouth.
“They’re great and we all try to push each other’s to do the best we can,” he said. “And we also make each other laugh and have fun, which is what it’s all about.”
Things didn’t go exactly as planned at the Class 3A state tournament at Boulder Country Club, but the junior took so much out of the experience and has stored it in his memory bank to learn from and build from.
“I would say staying a little more focused, and helping my teammates a little bit more next season,” he said. “I also think I need to be a little more confident in myself too.”
Mason is already looking to the future and has his goals set for his senior season, which will see the state tournament somewhere on the west side of the state.
“My expectations are to win league, and regionals again,” he said. “But my main goals are to win state as a team and individually.”
And the Tigers will have the talent to do it.