Following an impressive freshman season for Daviess County, Grant Broughton has been named The Owensboro Times 2021 Boys Golf Player of the Year.
“It’s a huge honor to receive this award,” Broughton said. “There is a lot of other great competition in our area, such as Jakob Wellman who is a great player, so I am definitely honored to be chosen. I am motivated by the support and number of people I am representing.”
Broughton was a key contributor for the Panthers team while also having plenty of success individually as well.
He constantly finished amongst the top scores in nearly every tournament he was in, while helping Daviess County to a runner-up finish in the Second Region Tournament.
Broughton’s play in the Second Region Tournament also qualified him for the state tournament, in which he finished with a 148 to tie for ninth place.
The freshman’s efforts allowed him to achieve a number of goals he had set out for while racking up accolades such as being an All-State selection.
“I have always tried to set specific goals for myself before every golf season,” Broughton said. “This year, my goals were to win three high school tournaments, win the region and finish top-10 in the State Tournament. I only won two tournaments but finished in the top-five in seven of my tournaments. I also finished 2nd Team All-State, which was a great honor for me.”
Broughton credits the success he’s found this year to a number of things, including his family, teammates, coach and a relentless work ethic he has.
“I don’t think I would be able to be where I am today if it wasn’t for hard work and determination,” Broughton said. “Golf is a sport where all aspects of your game have to be as good as they can be for you to have any significant success, and that only comes with hours of practice. I also wouldn’t be able to be at the skill level I am today without my dad. My dad helps me tremendously with my swing and my practice routines. Also, my high school coach, Coach Lars King helped me a lot this year by assisting me in managing the courses I played. I also wouldn’t have had the success I had without my teammates.”
While Broughton has already achieved a lot early in his golfing career, he isn’t satisfied and isn’t done growing yet.
“This year, I definitely played better than last season,” Broughton said. “Overall, I was more consistent. I did reach my goal of getting top-10 in the state tournament, which was definitely a highlight. But looking back throughout the whole season, there were definitely many things that I wish I would have done better. So, going into the winter, I still have a lot of things I would like to improve on and to hopefully be even better next season.”