Prep Golf: Boyle County's Dakota Jarman has pressure put on him to make state by sister
Boyle County senior Dakota Jarman shot a 1-over par 72 and earned his second-straight state tournament berth Wednesday at the 4th Region Tournament. He joins his sister, Michaela, who is part of Boyle¿s regional runner-up squad, at state. (Hal Morris / September 27, 2012)
That’s when his younger sister, Michaela, was part of the Boyle County girls’ regional runner-up golf team to earn a state tournament berth. There was no way he wanted to be the one in the family not to be playing at next week’s state tournaments in Bowling Green.
“I didn’t want to miss out, I didn’t want to let her show me up,” Dakota Jarman said. “But I’m really glad for them, they’ve worked hard this year, she’s really worked hard.”
Now Jarman can rest easy, since he will be joining his sister at state after shooting a 1-over-par 72 Wednesday at the boys 4th Region Tournament at Lincoln Homestead State Park.
“I’m glad they’re going, and I’m glad I’m going, too,” said Jarman, whose score tied for third overall, just like his sister’s 79 on Monday. “After all these years, I wouldn‘t want to be the one that missed.”
Jarman did exchange texts with his sister, wishing him good luck Tuesday and Wednesday.
“She was looking out for me,” he said.
This will be Jarman’s second straight trip to state, where he missed the cut last year, and he said going for his senior season is important to him.
“It means a lot. I’m glad I get to represent Boyle County. I was really nervous I wasn’t going to make it as an individual this year,” he said. “I think any time you get to compete at a state level, it’s very humbling and very honorable. I’m glad I get to play for Boyle County and do that.”
Jarman gets another shot at state because he played a steady round of golf.
“The wind was killer, and any time you can shoot a score that can get you in as a qualifier, I think you have to be happy with it. I hit the ball well today, I putted well. I got in, so I can’t complain,” he said.
Jarman started on the back nine and made the turn at 1 over par. He was 3 over after the sixth hole before settling down and getting his state bid.
“Number seven was a big one. I had gone bogey-bogey on five and six, and someone told me even might be the cut line,” Jarman said. “So I feel like I just settled down and started swinging and came back and birdied seven.”
The tournament was delayed a day after heavy rain Tuesday. Jarman said the rainout actually helped him.
“I was really nervous yesterday. And I think God was just telling me I just need to calm down and relax and get focused and come out and play,” he said.
Having the state tournament be a family affair is also special, he said.
“Definitely. I’d say it doesn’t happen too much. It’s different,” he said. “I’m glad Mom and Dad get to spend the whole week down there, it will be special for them.”
Now he hopes to improve on the 92 he shot in the first round last season at Bowling Green Country Club.
“Hopefully I’m a little more relaxed. I was overwhelmed with everything last year, and I think it showed in my play,” he said. “I’ve played the course a little bit more. Hopefully I’ll go down there and just be calm and just go out and play and not be too excited on the first tee.”