In high school golf, for a school to have the same No. 1 player for three years is uncommon, but Century’s Jackson Ward has filled the role for the past three season. And each year, he has matured a little more.
Jackson Ward’s goal is the same every time he steps on the course.
“Well, at least try my best to win every tournament,” Ward said.
His coach Preston Brown says hard work and dedication are the primary reason for his success.
“Obviously,” Brown said, “the skill level is there too. Those other factors outweigh the skill level.”
But Jackson thinks his maturity is where he has grown the most.
“I think my skill to navigate around the course has gotten a little better,” Ward said. “Just getting in areas where it’s a good place to put the ball so you get a good shot at the green.”
And that comes with not taking high-risk shots.
“Just being reasonable with what shots you’re taking and not gong overboard,” Ward said, “and keeping your swing under control.”
Jackson is also passing along what he is learning to the younger players.
“Part of me is just to help people,” Ward said.
And that happens in-season and out-of-season.
“He invites them to play with them whether it’s on the weekend or all summer long,” Brown said. “He’s not afraid to have some of the new guys join him out on the course.”
The strategy has worked as Century won five out of their seven events. As a tean, Jackson wants Patriots accomplished a feat they have not since 2013.
“Hopefully our game is in tip-top shape and we can ended up wining state as well,” Jackson said.
Jackson has won two events so far this season. Next year, Jackson will continue his golf career at the University of North Dakota.