Wilkinson is the Hawks’ #1 golfer in his first “official” season. He was a member of the team last year as an eighth grader, but did not play in matches in order to save his four years of VHSL eligibility.
The freshman has posted impressive numbers this season, with a 9-hole stroke average of 39.
Recently, Wilkinson put up a one over par 36 in the Hanover Quad, a match between the four county schools, at Hanover Country Club. His score was tied for the lead with Lee Davis’s Austin Deihr and helped lead the Hawks to a second place finish, three stokes behind Atlee.
Wilkinson’s low 9-hole score this season in competition play is a 34. He also boasts a 4-under par 31 in a practice round where he holed a shot from 140 yards out for eagle. Both scores he attained at Hanover’s home course, Hanover Country Club.
“You play against the course not against other people,” Wilkinson said.
This is the first year the Hawks have played host at Hanover Country Club, but Wilkinson, a member at HCC, has seen the course plenty of times.
“It is a challenging course but I live on it.” Wilkinson said. “I play on it all the time and that definitely gives me the advantage. After a while I got to know the course and how it plays as well as I know the back of my hand.”
If Wilkinson could improve on just one part of his game he said it would be his short game, however, he went on to say that he would like to improve on all of it. He boasts a 270-yard drive and a very consistent playing style that has been aided by the senior leadership the team possesses.
In regular season play, the Hawks have the best record in Conference 20 as well as a second place standing under the unofficial Capital District.
Hanover will compete in the Conference 20 championship on September 31 at Mattaponi Springs Golf Club. A win or second place finish in the conference tournament will advance the Hawks to regionals.