West claims individual county championship

Hatton's Connor West lines up a shot on hole 17. 

Perhaps we should call him Mr. Clutch, because that's exactly what Hatton's Connor West was Thursday afternoon. West earned the individual Lawrence County golf championship Thursday, emphasis on the word earned. He narrowly beat out Jack Proctor from Lawrence County to get the win.

After starting on the back nine, hole seven was where it all came down to. 

Heading into the hole, West held a one stroke lead, but that lead was in danger when he hit behind a bunker. 

However, a clutch bunker shot that came within feet of the whole not only saved his lead, but also gave him an extra stroke lead. 

It was the match defining moment. 

"I knew I just had to stick it close," West said. "I wasn't really thinking about it. Just stick it close, make the putt and get out of it with par." 

West's coach and Hatton golf coach Tanner Tesney went a step further, even referring tit as his Master's moment. 

"I've seen Connor practice that shot before, but to make that shot in that moment to save par and preserve the lead is big," Tesney said. "That's a big confidence booster. Right after that, on hole eight on a par 3, he hit the ball within 12 feet of the hole. So that shot (on hole seven) gave him a lot of confidence and more than anything, calmed his nerves to help him get the win." 

The official numbers aren't known yet but West finished at the top, just a few strokes ahead of Proctor. Lawrence County's Ty Hutto was also neck and neck with the leaders, until a shot in the water on hole eight, ended his chances. Weather kept several of the other golfers, including the girls, from finishing their days. 

The win was a big moment for West. 

"It feels amazing," he said. "There was a lot of pressure. I was up by a lot but then I had some bad holes. Luckily I was able to hang on to the lead." 

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