Central Arkansas Christian’s Landon Hearnes completed the superfecta of Arkansas high school golf last week.
Hearnes, a senior, had won the 7-4A conference championship and Class 4A state individual title, and he led the Mustangs to the team title a few days prior to capping his season with the Arkansas High School Overall Championship at Pleasant Valley Country Club.
Hearnes, who had also reached the Overall as a sophomore, shot even-par 72 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock to escape Conley Hurst of Little Rock Episcopal by a stroke.
"It feels great," Hearnes said Monday. "It’s my last year — it couldn’t be better. I hit the ball great and played a good, solid round. I didn’t know what it would take to win, but I figured around even would do it."
The Overall brings together the top three individuals from each state tournament.
Hearnes played the first 13 holes three-under-par, making what he called "a bunch of come-back putts for par," but he bogeyed three of the last four holes. At No. 15, he found a bunker, and on Nos. 17 and 18, he three-putted from 20 feet.
He said he "didn’t have a clue" what the other scores were, having played in the next-to-last group.
"One of my biggest competitors (Matt Loiacano of Jonesboro) was behind me, and I knew he wasn’t under par, but I didn’t know what the scores were before me," he said.
Loiacano shot 75 to finish third.
With the accomplishments, Hearnes said he would take a break from golf until the spring. He’s a hunter during the winter months. He has talked to coaches at Arkansas State, UALR, Arkansas Tech and a couple of out-of-state schools and said he would probably make a decision about his college choice around the first of the year.