East Texan Hunter Shattuck won the 14th HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship on Thursday. The Jacksonville native led by four strokes entering the final round at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. Shattuck shot a three over par 74 Thursday, but was good enough to win the overall tournament by two shots.
"It just shows me that I can play with those guys I guess," said Shattuck. "Going in I knew it that they were a bunch of really good division one golfers playing in this tournament. I didn't know if I could hold up all three days. I guess after doing it that I proved to myself that I can play with them."
By winning the tournament, the Brook Hill graduate has earned an exemption to next years Texas Amateur Tournament. As if the week couldn't have been any better, Shattuck also hit a hole in one on Wednesday.
"I was joking with my dad before," said Shattuck. "We always say I'm going to make a hole in one on whatever par 3. To do that and win the tournament, you just can't ask for anything more."
There could be much more in Hunter's future. Past champions of the Byron Nelson Junior Champions, have gone on to great college careers.
"Jordan Spieth won it three times and I think he's tied lead the PGA this week," said Shattuck. "There's some pretty good past champions so it's a pretty big deal."
The 18 year old has hopes he can one day join Spieth as a pro.
"Growing up you when you're a little kid you say you want to be on the PGA tour and be a professional," said Shattuck. "After winning this tournament it kind of became reality that it might happen. And that's my ultimate goal is to be on tour."
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