Southfield High golfer leading the way in his first season

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published May 11, 2011

 Southfield High’s Jordan Bohannon chips during a recent practice. A focus on his short game has the freshman leading the way in the OAA Gold.

Southfield High’s Jordan Bohannon chips during a recent practice. A focus on his short game has the freshman leading the way in the OAA Gold.

Photo by Andrew Potter

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SOUTHFIELD — They call him “freshman.”

“Pretty original, huh?” Southfield High golf coach Eric Ostdiek joked May 3 before practice began.

But Jordan Bohannon is playing like he’s been on the prep golf scene for more than just a few months.

Bohannon won the Oakland Activities Association Gold Division tournament after firing a 75. In the Oakland County Division 2 tournament, he finished ninth after carding a 76.

He also has the Blue Jays in front of the pack in the Gold dual-match season at 2-0 at press time.

“He is the go-to guy when it comes to the course,” senior Julian Houston said. “We count on his score, and he keeps us in the game.”

Ostdiek said Bohannon averages in the high 30s for nine holes and that it’s his work ethic and fundamentals that have paved the way for success.

“He’ll play smart; he’ll lay up when he needs to,” Ostdiek said.

Bohannon said he just focuses on what he can control.

“I’m not the biggest, strongest guy out there. They might out-drive me, but I’ll just be out there playing my game,” he said. “The short game is where you’re going to score.”

Bohannon also doesn’t get intimidated when he plays in stronger fields.

“I feel more intensified to play with better competition, because it makes me play better,” he said. “It makes me want to prove that I can beat the seniors and the better guys out there.”

Southfield still has to prove it can finish atop the Gold standings, something the program hasn’t done in “a long time,” according to Ostdiek.

Seniors Mike Harden, Kyler Johnson and David Kilgore join Bohannon and Houston on the squad.

“It’d be special for the guys,” he said. “They’d take pride in it.”

For Houston and Bohannon, they approach the thought of a championship from opposite sides of the spectrum, but both agree it would be something to remember.

“It would be great. My senior year, getting out of high school I could say I did something with my golf career,” Houston said.

“That would be outstanding to come in and already have a championship,” Bohannon said. “That would be awesome.”

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