Proving practice only makes you better, Dyer County's Booker has secured a spot in the field at the 2012 TSSAA Golf State Tournament for the second straight year. Not too shabby considering the young man is just a sophomore.
Booker earned a spot in the field of 72 golfers after finishing tied for fourth overall at the Region 7AAA tournament held at Pickwick Landing on Monday and Tuesday. Booker carded a 3-over par round of 75 at the region tournament to advance to the state tourney.
"The conditions we had on Monday were brutal due to the enormous amount of rain we had, but I was proud of the way Daniel kept his focus and continued to plug away," said DC golf coach Eddie Sims.
Booker completed seven holes on Monday before the round was postponed due to inclement weather. Through those seven holes he was 2-over par before playing the final 11 holes on Tuesday at 1-over par.
Booker will be no stranger to the state tournament, having advanced during his initial year of high school. Last year, Booker finished eighth overall and was easily the top freshman in the 72-player field.
With another year of experience under his belt, this year could end with Booker edging his way toward the top of the leader board according to Sims.
"He's got a legitimate chance, I really believe that," added Sims. "If he can go out and have two good days on the course, I think he'll be right there when all is said and done."
While Booker extended his season, teammates Javen Thomas, Tucker Haycraft, Dylan Parker and Graham Waldron saw theirs come to an end at the region tourney.
Thomas finished with an 84, followed by Haycraft with an 87. Parker carded an 88 while Waldron had a 97. Though the foursome ended their season at the region, they'll all return next year with experience. Sims was proud of their efforts as well.
"I'm just really proud of those four guys for staying with it and playing the best they could under some really bad conditions," he added. "We're already looking forward to next year with those guys."