Davis Evans

Desert Vista’s Davis Evans lines up a putt during the boys Division-I state golf championship at Aguila Golf Course on Nov. 6, 2014. Evans has verbally committed to play at Arizona State. [David Jolkovski/AFN]

Usually, high school athletes wait until their junior or senior year to decide where they will be furthering their athletic careers, but when your top school comes knocking, it doesn’t take too long to say yes.

For Desert Vista sophomore Davis Evans, that is exactly what happened when he recently decided to verbally commit to Arizona State University for golf.

“ASU was one of my top schools, if not the top school, and it’s a really good fit for me,” Evans said. “It’s local, and they’re one of the best golf programs in the entire country.”

Although there is a lot of time between now and when he will officially be standing on the tee box for the Sun Devils, there is no doubt in his mind that he will indeed be attending ASU.

Despite Evans being just a sophomore at DV, he has had plenty of experience on the junior circuit since he was 8 years old. Evans went golfing with his father when he was little, and to his father’s surprise, it stuck.

“When I took him golfing the first few times, he had more fun racing alongside the golf cart as I drove down the fairway,” said Davis’ father, Chad. “After he played in his first tournament, he embraced the challenge of trying to be a good player and enjoyed competing. Playing golf at ASU for a storied program like the Sun Devils was the last thing on my mind.”

What isn’t surprising to his father is that he has the opportunity to play at the collegiate level because of how dedicated and hard-working Davis is.

“Most don’t realize the amount of time he invests in practicing, so it doesn’t really surprise me that he’s having this kind of success,” Davis’ father said. “I can’t even begin to count the number of times I had to drag him off the course after it was pitch dark outside.”

All of that practicing paid off early for Davis, and at the age of 12 Evans won Player of the Year in the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), with three first-place finishes, and 15 top-five finishes in the 16 tournaments he competed in.

Most recently, Evans finished 19th at the Mesa City Junior Championships June 24-25 where he shot 71–74–145, which did not qualify him for the Junior World Championships in San Diego next month.

Before the school season starts, Evans will continue to work on his game on the JGAA circuit and got off to a good start  by winning the State Junior Golf Championship July 7-8 in Flagstaff.

Evans came away with the victory after edging out Gilbert’s Mason Andersen on the first playoff hole with a par on the par-4, 9th of Forest Highland’s Meadow Course.  Davis, who finished regulation play at 72-70—142 (two under par), notched his first victory of the season.  

When Evans isn’t competing in a JGAA tournament he’s golfing for DV, and last season the Thunder finished 10th in the state tournament, while Evans placed 58th individually, which was the second-best on his team.

“I think that we’ll be a lot better than last year, and I think that we have a good chance at winning state this year,” Evans said.

• Jasmyn Wimbish is a senior at Northern Arizona. She is interning at the Ahwatukee Foothills News this summer.

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