After two years of taking a couple practice swings like most golfers before his shot, Marian Catholic's Mike Millsaps realized that part of a golfer's game just wasn't the way it worked for him.
"I ended up realizing that I just over think everything when I do that," Millsaps said. "I just changed it so when I go up, I just hit the ball. I find it flies a lot more naturally, and everything seems better to not screw around and just go up and take a whack at it. I take a little more time on my putts but not much more."
Millsaps, a South Holland resident, may have an uncommon way to do things, but with the scores he's shooting, no one on the course is going to question how the Spartan senior goes about his golf game. Millsaps shot a 76 and finished tied for second with his teammate Casey Domke at Tuesday's 3A Marian Catholic Regional. The Spartans captured the team competition on their home course of Lincoln Oaks, beating out second place Homewood-Flossmoor by five shots.
"We actually didn't play a lot there this year," Millsaps said of Lincoln Oaks. "We had a lot of away matches, so it was almost a good thing that we weren't there all the time. You feel invigorated replaying a course you know so well. Nothing went wrong, and we just happened to pull out a good one."
Spartan golf coach Jim Mendenhall said the shortness of Millsaps' address before his shot is a short as he's seen.
"He takes no time," Mendenhall said. "From the time it's his turn to hit until he hits it takes less time than anybody I've ever seen."
Marian Catholic would like to see some more team success at Monday's 3A Marist Sectional at Old Oak Country Club in Homer Glen.
"We actually went down and played there probably about three weeks ago," Millsaps said. "We all shot relatively good there. Nobody really thought of the course as a difficult course, but I'm sure it might be a little more difficult the way they put it up for sectionals."
Millsaps and the Spartans will be faced with some tough competition at Old Oak, and the senior knows that he and his teammates will be forced to play at the top of their games.
"There's some pretty good teams," Millsaps said. "It's going to take a lot for us. It's probably going to take our best round of the four years we've had at Marian. But everyone is in their flow right now, and I feel like we can do it."
Millsaps is looking to stay under 80 at Old Oak and help the Spartans achieve success in any way he can.
"I'm just looking to play good, play smart, and hit it straight," he said. "Just try to break 80 and hopefully give my team a chance to win."