Davis Evans was eliminated from competition in the USGA Junior Amateur Championship this past week, missing the cut after two rounds. But Evans isn’t too worried about it, he was just one of five 14-year-olds to compete in the tournament.
“There was a lot of competition. I was playing against guys three years older than me, but it was a great feeling to play there,” said Evans, an incoming freshman to Desert Vista.
There were only 125 participants who made the field out of thousands from around the world who went through qualifying. Evans shot 78 and 87 to finish 21 over par in his two days at the Junior Amateur, going 15 over on Day Two at The Club of Carlton Woods in Woodlands, Texas.
“I know I have to get better distance from the tee,” he said. “It’s something I’m working on, and I know it will come as I get older, too.”
Evans also competed in the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships earlier in July, and he tied for 14th in his 13-14 age group, shooting 67-70-77 over the course of three days. It was the third year in a row he qualified for the Junior World Championships.
“Competing in the 13-14 (age group), I was hitting the ball a lot further than the other golfers, but when I got to the Junior Am, it wasn’t the same,” Evans said.
Evans began golfing when he was 8, making a transition from soccer.
“I played a lot of soccer. Then one day, my dad took me golfing with one of my teammates and his dad, and we just started playing every weekend,” said the 14-year-old.
While he is celebrating his accomplishments to this point, he said he plans to play golf at Desert Vista. He already has several goals in mind for the season and beyond.
“I want to win tryouts because I don’t think that a freshman has done so before,” he said. “I’d also like to win an individual as a freshman and help the team to win state.
“I’m looking forward to the high school (season), but I’m really looking forward to the youth amateur next year,” he said.
With his best game an 8-under 63 at the 6,378-yard Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix, Evans said his favorite part about golfing is the putting.
“I love the short game because there’s always so much room for improvement. It’s not just hitting it as far as you can,” he said.
He said he gets up every day at 7 a.m. and is practicing until 6 p.m., but when he’s in school, he goes from 4 p.m. until dark. So far, his work is paying dividends.
“He’s ranked 25th in the country for the class of 2018, out of about 800 boys and is being contacted by college coaches as well,” said Chad Evans, Davis’ father.
“He also has picked up Ping and Titleist as sponsors. Ping takes care of his equipment and club needs, while Titleist is helping him with balls and shoes. He’s pretty excited about that.”
Though he is just a freshman, Evans is even thinking about what he might do after high school.
“Math is my favorite subject, but I think I’d like to do something with computers, or maybe even sports journalism,” he said.
• Will Argeros is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.