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By Alex Kuhn
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Even with struggles, Simmons finds a way to place third


June 7, 2018

Karsten Simmons

WORLAND - The JGAC (Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado) IMG Junior World qualifier tournament did not go as planned for Worland youth golfer Karsten Simmons, nonetheless, he still found the means to finish in the top three.

It was one of those tournaments for Simmons, playing at the Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada, Colorado. Nothing seemed to break his way as he shot a 74, 4-over-par, for the tournament and just missed out on qualifying for the IMG Junior World tournament.

But bad breaks and all, Simmons kept grinding and looking for ways to bounce back.

"Karsten got off to a rough start right off the bat on Friday morning. Four holes in I was thinking this was gonna be a long day. I felt bad for him it just seemed no matter what he did he was missing his mark and getting very unlucky also.

"He didn't crumble though. He managed to keep it together and finish the front nine with a 39. He then went on to the back 9 and birdied hole 10. He made a series of pars that just would not let him have the birdie by inches. He then birdied hole 15 with a drive and nice approach shot this one would not deny him. He had his round back to 1-over-par on the par-70 course," said Randy Simmons, Karsten's father.

With the birdie on 15, Karsten Simmons was close to salvaging a tough outing, but one more bad break cost him on 16.

"Sixteen set in and a bad drive forced him to punch out. He still had a chance at par on the hole from seven foot with a downhill putt, but it rimmed the cup and forced a bogey," said Randy Simmons. "It was not the result that we were looking for, but the reality is that golf is an incredibly hard game to be mentally and physically focused throughout 18 holes. There are so many things that can affect one's round such as course setup, condition, weather, the mental part of the game along with the physical part of the game. To be able to combine the mental and physical part of the game is what tour pros try and shoot for day after day. One day to the next can be a 180-degree result."

Arvada will be another learning lesson for the standout golfer, to which Simmons has shown to be a quick study.

"I was very proud of Karsten keeping his composure and finishing with a good score. We always go back and analyze what could he have done to make up the difference. This is all a part of making him better and it was real easy to see that he will continue to get better and advance leaps and bounds in his future," said Randy Simmons.

Karsten Simmons next tournament is Friday at Green Valley Ranch in Denver for the Optimist Junior World qualifier. If Simmons qualifier for the Optimist Junior World tournament he'll have the opportunity to play on the PGA National Golf Club course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.


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