KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Just 14 years old, Blake Smith has amazing clarity when on the course.
"It's just you. You don't have a team. You can't blame it on anyone else," Smith said Tuesday afternoon before playing a round at Holston Hills Country Club.
Smith says he enjoys those long, lonesome walks from tee to green.
"It's just beautiful out here, just great to be around."
And in between those walks, he swings with precision and power, but it's patience that's a key to his game.
"If you get inpatient, and you hit bad, you're not gonna do anything good. You have to wait and hope, hope for a couple of good shots and then you can get back on track," Smith said.
The Webb freshman has yet to break thru and shoot under par in a tournament. He says that's his next goal.
He did however, break thru this past weekend. Smith won an international junior golf tournament in Hilton Head, SC.
"It meant a lot to me. I've been in that situation. I've been in that final group a couple of times now. I've been tied going into the last hole, but I've never gotten it done. It's great to actually finish one off and get a win."
In Smith's bag you'll find the maximum allowed 14 clubs. But there might be those times on the golf course that none of those clubs will do the job. That's when Blake goes to the bag, for something else.
"I've got a cross on my bag," Smith said. "I got it a few years ago when I officially joined our church. My mom comes up to me and gives me this cross and I've had it on my bag ever since, for good luck and having Christ with me."
"It gives me some perception. It's not all about me. It won't be the end of the world if I play bad."
That's one path Blake Smith is one. The other is the one that takes him from tee to green, in hopes of one day landing a college scholarship.
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