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In a few hours all the hard work and end result, winning the
Mid-South Conference championship, will sink in, but for now Georgetown
College's Christian Heavens is just worn out.
"I'm tired," the junior said after three rounds of golf in two days at the Mid-South Conference Championship. "It will hit me in a little while, but right now I'm just tired."
Heavens has had his mind set on playing in the NAIA National Golf Tournament since the season began and Tuesday he achieved his goal.
He shot a 210 (71, 69, 70) through all the weather and conditions at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown, beating his closest opponent by six strokes.
The NAIA tournament is set for May 18-21 in Silvis, Ill. Which is about
an hour from Heavens home in Fairview Heights, Ill.
"It has been since 1963 to my recollection," GC coach Flash Williams said of the last time a Tiger went to the national golf tournament. "He was on a mission."
That mission included 6 a.m. workouts and a focus to peak at the end of the season. Something that was evident as he closed the gap with some of the top players Williams said in the final regular season golf match two weeks ago.
Part of the desire for Heavens is he wants to test his skills with the players at the national level. He played in the National Minority Tournament this past year, and will do so again in the coming weeks, but wanted a shot at the NAIA National Tournament.
"This is exciting," Heavens said. "The tournament is around my birthday too, so it would be a birthday present to me to go and play well."
Williams is not surprised by the junior's success."He has worked on his game - putting, chipping, and all the things he needed to be medalist at the conference tournament," the veteran coach said. "And with his work ethic, I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't win (the national tournament)."
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