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Simplicity for Wheatley leads to low rounds

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Changes to stance and set up have helped propel junior to top of Corona del Mar lineup.

May 03, 2012|By Bryce Alderton, Special to the Daily Pilot

"When he first came to me he could hit it a long way, knew his game and could get the ball in the hole," Hahn said. "Unfortunately, when he made a mistake he wasn't able to fix himself."

So, Hahn brought pictures and videos and worked with Wheatley on fundamentals such as changing stance and how far to stand from the ball.

"[Wheatley] had an unorthodox swing to now one of a golfer you'd see on the [PGA] Tour," Hahn said.

Wheatley acknowledges the obstacles golf presents and how to respond.

"The most challenging part is handling the bad days and taking the positives out of it." Wheatley said. "You have to take a deep breath, trust yourself to get back rather than trying to hit a one-in-a-million shot."

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Wheatley admitted he likes taking risks on the course, depending on the situation.

"I'd rather commit to a shot and hit O.B., rather than not commit and hit O.B." That mindset, along with steady play, helped Wheatley earn league Most Valuable Player, CdM Coach Mike Starkweather said.

The Sea Kings compete in the CIF South Coast Team Divisional Monday at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente.

Later this month Hahn said he will caddie for Wheatley in the U.S. Open local qualifier May 16 at Newport Beach Country Club.

May is shaping up to be an exciting month for Wheatley, offering plenty of opportunity to continue moving forward.

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Chase Wheatley

Born: Oct. 25, 1994

Hometown: Corona del Mar

Height: 5 feet, 11 inches

Weight: 170 pounds

Year: Junior

Sport: Boys' golf

Coach: Mike Starkweather

Favorite food: Pasta

Favorite movie: Anchor Man

Favorite athletic moment: Eagled the final hole to earn third place in an Illinois Junior Golf Assn. tournament 2 1/2 years ago.

Week in review: Tied the school record with a three-under-par 32 in a victory against University.

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