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Arroyo Grande’s Jack Avrit has the pros in his sights after stellar prep golf career

Arroyo Grande High School senior Jack Avrit holds his follow through during a PAC 8 match in March at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Arroyo Grande High School senior Jack Avrit holds his follow through during a PAC 8 match in March at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Jack Avrit has been a force on the Central Coast prep golf scene since he was a freshman. He was named to the PAC 8 All-League Team all four years he attended Arroyo Grande High School. He also made a name for himself playing well in junior tournaments around the state.

After being named The Tribune County Golfer of the Year after his junior campaign last year, Avrit took his game to new heights as a senior. Avrit shot a 5-under-par 67 at Cypress Ridge Country Club to break a school record in his first match of the season to kick off a stellar senior year.

For his accomplishments, Avrit has been named The Tribune’s 2017 Boys County Golfer of the Year.

Up-and-down, Santa Clara Bound

After coming out of the gates firing, Avrit hit a lull in the middle of the season. A back injury didn’t help. But Avrit, along with sophomore brother Owen Avrit, still helped Arroyo Grande grab its fifth-straight PAC 8 league title.

“We had three seniors and felt good about the season heading in,” Avrit said. “My brother played well. I don’t think he had a round in the 80s this year, which is impressive.”

Avrit started to find his groove at the end of the season and finished in a tie for sixth place at the CIF-Southern Section Individual Championships at Ranco San Marcos in Santa Barbara, shooting a 2-over-par 73. His 5-over-par 77 in the the SoCal Regional Championships at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena wasn’t enough to qualify for the State Golf Championships at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach, but Avrit’s golfing days are far from done.

On Monday, Avrit will compete in a USGA Junior Amateur event on the Stanford golf course followed by another amateur event in Monterey.

“I have a lot of amateur events lined up for the summer to just get ready for the competition that I will face in college,” said Avrit, who will join the Santa Clara golf team this fall. “I want to be ready and contribute to the team right away.”

Avrit knows he will play on longer courses with tougher pin placements — not to mention tougher competition — when he gets to college.

“You can’t go out and shoot even par every day and have a chance to win,” Avrit said. “I look forward to developing over the next four years and get myself ready for the possibility of a career as a pro golfer after college. That’s the ultimate goal.”

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