Mike Lee isn’t quite yet a scratch golfer, but the Crown Point junior is beginning to scratch the surface on a fine career.
After shooting a 146 over two days at the state meet last year to finish tied for 22nd, Lee went to work on his game.
“My short game kind of left me at the end of the year” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of work over the summer and during the winter.”
Lee also sought out his swing coach, Matt Blair, who helped get him straightened out to where his ball wasn’t drawing to the left.
“I’ve watched him this spring, and he’s becoming a good all-around player,” said C.P. coach Jon Haas, who added that Lee’s short game is still one of his strengths. “If he was having a day where he’s not hitting the greens, the short game will help him score.”
Lee, who started playing competitive golf when he was 10, will begin his third year on varsity for the Bulldogs.
“We’ve got a few solid golfers and should have a very competitive team, but Mike has played himself to be No. 1,” Haas said. “With a young group coming back, we’re leaning heavily on him right now.”
Lee has accepted the leadership role and likes the team’s potential.
“Definitely, we want to win the DAC, and at the sectional we want to reclaim the title,” he said. “We’re not in the top 20 at the state right now, but I think we can crack the top 20 and the top 10 once the season gets started.”
Although the weather has been most uncooperative, Lee was able to play this past week in Las Vegas, Nev., on his family’s spring vacation.
“I’m working a lot around the greens, putting, chipping and short shooting,” he said.
In addition, he’s been more focused on his academics, something Haas was quick to point out.
“That’s what I’m most impressed with is his commitment to improve on his academics,” he said. “Hands down, that’s his biggest accomplishment.”
It’s all part of becoming a better student.
“I’m putting in a lot of work at school as well as golf,” Lee said. ‘I’m keeping my grades up for college.”
Haas said Lee started to draw some attention from colleges with his play at the state meet and in the summer tournaments.
“With another good spring and a solid summer of playing tournaments, I think he’ll get a lot more looks,” Haas said. “By this time next year, I think he’ll be signed.
“We haven’t even touched the surface to how good he can be.”