Easthom’s game still growing

Not quite a half dozen years ago I ran across a youth golfer from Ravenswood named Alex Easthom while out covering a Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association event.

Turn the clock forward and he’s sprouted up as a 14-year-old to where one probably would think he’d pass for an upperclassman in high school.

However, he’s just now set for his freshman year as a Red Devil golfer and I for one can’t wait to see how it goes.

Ask Williamstown senior Mac McCormick or Marietta senior Garrett Bertram. They know how good he is.

“He just booms the ball. I like playing good competition,” said McCormick, who watched Easthom win the 16-18 summer season age group of the MOVJGA on Wednesday.

Bertram said while shaking his head with a smirkish laugh “I get to play with Alex all year (during the 2015 MOVJGA season), yeah. I can’t wait to see how he is next year. He’s going to be amazing.”

Anyone who has picked up the clubs and went to the course understands full well how quickly things can go awry on what some folks call a good walk spoiled. For Easthom, that seems to happen a lot less to him as opposed to others.

“He hits everything so well,” Bertram added. “His misses might be 20 yards left or 20 yards right. His miss isn’t anything like mine, snap-hook left.”

There’s probably a good reason for that. It has something to do with the old adage about practice makes perfect.

“I spend around 50 hours a week practicing, off the course practice probably 35 to 40 hours a week and the rest of that is on the course playing,” said the Red Devil, who has yet to have a formal lesson.

“I still practice when I’m playing. I’ll drop one and hit another just to get the feel for the shot. It’s a lot of practice for this game.”

Of course, Easthom credits his ability to crush the ball what seems like a country mile to his core body strength. He said he tried one time to lift weights for about a month, but it just wasn’t his thing.

He used to get laughed at during his younger years because he “loved to roller blade. There’s one time I was roller blading and I ended up seven miles out of town. I was almost at Murraysville.

“I was just short of it. I came out of a road and looked back and I could see Murraysville. I ended up catching a ride with my uncle Clifford back home because I met him when I was trying to blade back.”

Easthom, who considers himself a go-for-it-guy on the course, knows one thing he needs to work on is his mental game.

“That’s what destroys you mentally when you know you can get there and instead you try to play safe and it costs you more shots than it would cost you playing dumb because if you were playing dumb you put it in the water and you are only 100 yards from the green.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com