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Despite the fact Grant County High School boys' golfer Zach Wright is entering his sophomore season on the links, he has already made a name for himself.
As a freshman, Wright was a member of the Braves state-qualifying team, shooting a round of 80 in their lone day in the state tournament; however, it is his work and play during the summer that has garnered attention.
Last month, Wright won the Northern Kentucky Junior Amateur championship for golfers ages 13-14. Wright, who fired rounds of 76 and 74, defeated Phoenix Ramsey in a playoff to claim the championship.
"There isn't a day I take off, and it is paying off," Wright said.
During his practice time, Wright mostly works on his short game, which consists of chipping and putting.
The success; however, has been a surprise to Wright thus far, because of the types of tournaments he has played in, including a state-wide event he won.
With five tournaments remaining on his schedule, including one in Ohio, Wright has high hopes.
"I am hoping to finish at least in the top five in the state-wide tournaments and in the top 10 at the nationwide tournament in Ohio," Wright said.
Wright hopes the tournaments will ease the transition into him replacing Jeremy Martin as the Braves' top golfer.
"My goal is to make it to state this year, preferably as a team, but if not, I want to make it as an individual. I feel some pressure, and it will be different this year with Jeremy gone," said Wright.