BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS – Former Woods Cross High School golfer Peyton Hastings has taken his talents to the next level.
The recent graduate, who lives in North Salt Lake, posted a top five finish at the American Junior Golf Association’s Ryan Moore Junior Championship, which took place in Lakewood, Wash.
The top five finish is the first for Hastings in five events. He won an individual golf title in 2011 as a junior at Woods Cross.
That year, Hastings and his teammates won the team 4A boys’ golf title as well.
The championship featured 96 total competitors С 72 boys and 24 girls. Peyton’s finish was in come-from-behind fashion; he posted a 68 on the final day of the event to place in a tie for fifth overall.
Hasting’s battle back started on the second day of the event, and followed a first 73 with a second round 69, which moved him from 23rd to eighth in the standings.
He started the final day on a hot streak, posting four birdies and a bogey on the front nine for a three-under-par 32.
He bogeyed twice and managed to make a single birdie on the back nine for the solid finish.
“I thought it would take six under for me to catch the leader, so after the front nine I thought I might have a chance,” said Hastings in an email sent to the Clipper. “I wanted to improve on my round two score, so I put a lot of pressure on myself on (the last hole).”
As Bountiful Ridge Mens Amateur co-champion, he will represent Utah and other junior golfers at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship in August later this year.
According to ajga.org, Hastings has moved up the POLO Golf rankings thanks to his high finish in Washington. Before the tournament, he was listed in the top 1,000; he is now ranked 556th overall.
Hastings’ scoring average is 74.5 through five events.
The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships is being held from July 30 to Aug. 4 at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.