The recent Creekview High School graduate is hoping to walk on to the golf team at Georgia Regents University in the fall, and he has been honing his skills by playing in a few tournaments.
The work paid off last weekend when he won the boys 15-18 division of a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event at Forest Hills Golf Club, the home course for Georgia Regents — the college formerly known as Augusta State until its 2012 consolidation with another local college.
“I was very excited,” Powers said. “The first win is kind of about getting the animal off your back. Now, I can go win some more.”
Under sunny skies and in warm conditions, Powers shot consecutive rounds of 72 to score an even-par 144. He edged John-Christian Whyte by a stroke.
Powers was second in the division with seven birdies and led with an average score of 4.4 on par-4 holes.
Powers, who initially committed to play at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., moved to Augusta with his family following graduation in May and decided to enroll at Georgia Regents.
The university competes as a NCAA Division II member in all sports except for men’s golf, where it is a consistent Division I power. The Jaguars won consecutive NCAA team championships in 2010 and ’11.
“I’m going to try to walk on if I can,” he said. “It’s local, and I know they are pretty good at golf. We ended up moving here and I’m going there anyway, so I figure I might as well try to walk on and if I can’t I will just go to the school as a student.”
In his time at Creekview, Powers helped the Grizzlies to an eighth-place finish in last spring’s Class AAAAA state tournament. He was a consistent scorer for the team, which swept the Cherokee County and Region 7AAAAA titles.
Earlier this summer, Powers competed in a pair of Southeastern Junior Golf Tour events. On July 15, he shot 147 over two rounds to finish fifth in the Heath Slocum Invitational at Ball Ground’s Hawks Ridge Golf Club. A week later, his 155 was good for 23rd in the Dogwood Junior Invitational in Atlanta.
Aside from those events, Powers has played a couple of other stops on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.
“I’ve finished in the top five in three or four events,” he said. “I’m just trying to improve my game however I can.”