East Golfer Carson Haley Continues to Shine
By Joe Steck – Mankato Times
MANKATO, MINN. — Mankato East High School sophomore Carson Haley has been having an impressive year, both in the classroom and on the golf course. The young golfer has already built a solid resume this season, medaling in 7 out of 10 outings on the year and is the 22nd ranked player in the state according to the Minnesota Golf Association.
In the classroom, Haley says his favorite classes are science related.
“I have been doing well in school. I like chemistry and math, which sort of makes sense,” he said, making reference to the mathematics involved in golf.
When you watch the slender sophomore play the game, you can tell he has been paying attention to his teachers. His swing is nearly perfect and his precision around and on the green is something to behold.
On Tuesday, the Cougars played against Mankato West, Red Wing and Winona at the Mankato Golf Club. Haley, the top golfer in the Big 9, played his round with the number 2 ranked Cecil Belisle of Red Wing, number 3 raked Matt Turner of Winona, and the talented Zachary Svir of Mankato West. The players all pushed each other, but in the end, Haley was the medalist, shooting a 2 under 69 on the day.
“They are all really good players and fun to shoot with,” he said “I thought we pushed each other on the course today.”
Haley continued “It makes me play better when I am playing with better players.”
Haley’s game starts from the tee box where he uses a Titleist 915 D2 to power the ball 280 to 290 yards consistently. Although he hits a nice long ball, Haley knows what it takes to win.
“I have been driving the ball well, but making putts is key. Making it up and down is what it all comes down to.” He said
On the 141 yard 16th hole, Haley placed his tee shot within 10 feet of the pin. He lined up his putt and drained the shot for a birdie.
“The 16th is my favorite hole on the course.” Haley said
The Mankato East golfer has set rather lofty goals for the season.
“I set two goals for the season,” he said “I want to become conference player of the year and I want to make it to the state tournament.”
Best of luck to you this season Mr. Haley – it was truly a pleasure watching you play.