Golf enthusiasts tout their sport as a sport to grow old with.
Shepaug junior Griffin Ylagan proves it can go the other way as well.
Ylagan started playing when he was four.
“My family belongs to the Waterbury Country Club. My Dad (Victor) would take me there,” he said.
Ylagan averages three rounds a week in the summer, with friends or with his Dad.
It paid off this year with the Spartans in scoring (40 average for nine holes). Even more importantly in golf, it led to the consistency that gave him the nod over a close pack of competitors for area MVP.
Playing in Shepaug’s No. 2 slot, Ylagan tied for No. 1 in the Berkshire League overall, then finished second in the league All-Star Tournament with a 78.
He closed out the school year with an 83 in the CIAC Division IV Tournament at Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin.
Ylagan, an Honor Student who also plays on the Spartan basketball team, may be the best in the area this year, but golf also leaves him with a strong sense of reality.
“I don’t really want to play in college,” he says. “I’d have to play a few strokes better than I do.”
“I just find it really fun,” he says. “I play with my friends all the time and with my Dad.”
Nevertheless, in addition to the talent and consistency that brings him here, Ylagan shows one more trait that’s prized even on the PGA Tour.
He plays worse when he’s playing for fun in the summer.
“I play better in most tournaments,” he says.