Varsity Extra

Eagle High golfer starts summer season with two national victories

Graysen Huff shot a 6-under 204 to defend his title at the PING Phoenix Junior on Thursday at ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

It was the second American Junior Golf Association tournament win in the past five days for Huff, a 2015 Cole Valley Christian graduate who competed for Eagle High.

“Unfortunately, Tuesday I didn’t play as well as I would have liked, but that’s golf,” said Huff, who has signed to play for Auburn beginning this fall. “I just kept my head down, and I played very well the second day and got myself back in position (to win).”

Huff shot rounds of 73-64-67 to finish one stroke ahead of Justin Kim of Fullerton, Calif. On Sunday, Huff wrapped up a three-shot win at the Will Claxton Junior at Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., with his 6-under 138.

“I had just gotten done getting my class schedule and going through freshman orientation,” Huff said. “I was really just going into the course to get a feel for how qualifying (for the Auburn travel team) was going to look on that course. Finishing out and winning that tournament was awesome.”

In the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior that finished Thursday in Denver, Rocky Mountain High’s Sam Tidd took second, Eagle’s Josh Gliege — the 2015 individual 5A state champion — tied for third and Vallivue’s Connor Johnstone tied for 21st.

“We’re starting to get a foothold in national golf and really show that we do other things than potato farm up here in Idaho,” Huff said. “It is really nice to see kids and people playing good golf now from Idaho.”

Huff won an individual state title in 2012 and helped the Mustangs to their sixth consecutive team championship in May. Gliege, who will be a senior at Eagle this fall, has committed to Texas A&M.