STILLWATER, Okla. —
While Fort may be playing his best golf at the right time, he knows the competition and the hometown course will be anything but forgiving for the junior. Fort has never played the course before, but he’s already picked the minds of several local golfers in an effort to get an insider’s edge.
“I’m definitely hoping to play well,” Fort said. “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll just be happy for the experience.
“I’ve never played it before, so it will definitely be a learning experience. I’ll definitely try to talk to some guys that have played there. There’s definitely some local knowledge there and local knowledge never hurts.”
One of those people with the insider’s edge on Karsten Creek? His coach, Hesler.
“The big thing about Karsten is that you have to stay out of the rough — you have to go down the middle,” Hesler said. “Troy knows that as well as anybody. He goes down the middle as well as anybody on my team. Troy can keep it in the middle and out of trouble and that’s the secret at Karsten Creek. I think he can shoot a pretty good number at Karsten. He just has to stay down the middle.”
Most of the state’s top golfers will keep it in the fairway without much problem regardless of the weather conditions. Where others may get tripped up is under the immense pressure of the tournament.
Without a doubt, Fort will feel the same pressure — if not more because he is the hometown player. No doubt there might even be a few “beware of the Sloth” cries from time to time. But that’s where his secret weapon comes in — his speed, or lack thereof.
“He plays his own pace, but I thought he has been playing a lot faster lately,” Hesler said. “He’s just pretty methodical. When you shoot 76, it doesn’t take you very long to shoot those scores when you’re swinging a club pretty good.”