BLUE DRAGON MEN'S GOLF
2019 NJCAA DIVISION I GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
When: Round 1 - Tuesday, May 13, 2019
By Amanda Carney
Blue Dragon Sports Information Contributing Writer
Sleep, eat, golf.
That is what two of Hutchinson Community College's men's golf players have been doing since pretty much day one.
Leroux grew up around seeing golf from a coach's perspective. His dad, Mark Leroux, has been a college golf coach for 15-plus years and is currently at the University of Missouri.
Austin has seen the game for an even different perspective. He's followed his father, professional golfer Woody Austin, at the highest level of the game, the PGA Tour.
Leroux, Austin and the Jayhawk Champion Blue Dragons will play this week in the NJCAA Division I Championships at the Duran Country Club in Melbourne, Florida. The No. 6-ranked Blue Dragons will be paired with New Mexico Junior College and Central Alabama for the first two rounds. Hutch's tee times will be from 7:20 to 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
Growing up around the game has been an important piece of the puzzle for both Leroux and Austin.
Leroux knew growing up how important good teammates are.
"I was around the golf course all the time," Leroux said. "Always seeing how a golf team works. You see how much work goes into golf practice."
Leroux also understands the importance of golf being a team sport at the college level.
Golf is not only an individual sport, but also a team sport, and the Blue Dragons have one of the best around. They have won the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI championships and five overall tournaments so far this season. The Dragons were also the NJCAA District 3 runner-up.
"It's hard to know where you're at as a team," Leroux said. "There is no scoreboard to look at. You got to stick with it no matter where you are at."
Austin got to see golf at a whole new level.
"You go everywhere," Austin said. "Every year, you're in a tournament every summer, every spring. I wanted to live up to the hype of my dad."
Growing up with a dad as a professional golfer has its pros and cons. Austin said he understood that from a young age.
"He knew what I needed," Peyton said. "My whole life I've been very blessed, because he knew what I needed."
Overall both Blue Dragons know the importance of golf as a team sport to help get the HutchCC golf team to where it is today.
"It's a marathon out there," Austin said. "There's 36 holes in one day. It's an absolute marathon out there. You just have to take it one hole at a time. Which our team does very well."
Their efforts have not gone unnoticed by HutchCC coach Chris Young.
"Being around golf their whole lives, they have gotten to see how a program runs," Young said. "How important great teammates are."