Syracuse, N.Y. — Jamesville-DeWitt golfer Jackson Saroney doesn’t have to go very far if he needs a tip or some competition.
His father, Erik, is the head coach of the Syracuse scholastic squad.
“It’s just really fun because these last two years that I’ve really gotten into golf, we’ve always competed, always tried to beat each other,” Jackson said. “He gives me tips but also when we have matches, it’s always fun because we can really battle it out and they’re always competitive. I’ve beaten him a couple times. He’s beaten me a couple times. It’s pretty even.”
It might not be that way for long. Jackson, a freshman, has started the season with a charge. He began by shooting a 32 to claim medalist honors in the small school division of the 19th annual Drumlins Invitational.
That effort earned Saroney honors as the Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Syracuse.com spotlight athlete of the week.
“I played a lot of golf. I had a lot of tournaments,” Saroney said of his summer preparation. “There was really nothing else to do these last two summers (because of Covid shutdowns). So me and my friends would always play golf every day.”
Jackson also likes basketball and said he might continue in his father’s path by trying that sport as well. But for now, golf has the edge.
“I just like golf because it’s such a mentally challenging sport. It really gets your mind in focus,” Jackson said. “Basketball, a lot of the time, it’s the most athletic person and the most talented. In golf, it’s usually the most mentally stable (who succeed), being able to control their mental game the best.”
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