CLINTON — Conner Evers pulled out his go-to motivation when struggling on the golf course. Not anything in his bag particularly, but a small booklet of pick-me-up quotes. He picked the right one, because Evers, a junior for Prince of Peace, finished second overall in the Irish Invitational on Monday at The Oaks Golf Course.
Evers lost on a cardback to Lisbon’s Nick Johnson after both turned in a score of 84.
Evers will admit that he didn’t start the best on a cloudy-turned-rainy afternoon. His first two holes ended up being a triple bogey, then a double bogey. On hole six, Evers carded an 8, another triple bogey.
“I just had a bad mindset starting out,” Evers said. “I just had to pull out my piece of paper in my yardage book, and I had to tell myself to slow down, and pretend I was at even par starting over.”
Evers’s go-to quote?
“Golf is a game of confidence,” he recited. “If you don’t have confidence, you’re not going to score well.”
It worked on the back nine for Evers as he shot a 37 in comparison to the 47 strokes he needed to get through the front nine. Johnson mirrored Evers’ 18-hole performance by shooting a 38 on the front nine and a 46 on the latter nine.
Meanwhile, Johnson birdied two of the first six holes, giving him the early advantage.
“Conner is just a great kid to coach,” Irish coach Don Jacobs said. “He couldn’t be more enjoyable to be around.”
Tim Dickherber wasn’t too far behind Evers after the first nine holes. Prince of Peace’s No. 2 golfer was eight strokes behind the runner-up medalist. He then shot a 69 on the back nine to finish with a score of 124, but Jacobs was pleased with not only Dickherber’s day, but his whole team.