So how did you spend your summer vacation? Bet none of you can hold a candle to returning Miami Springs Senior High School student Patrick Bolton.
Between his golfing talents and brilliant math skills, Bolton has been nonstop busy. And we mean NONSTOP.
Forget Bill and Ted. We’ll call this one Pat’s Great Adventure.
An incoming senior at Springs, Bolton is a terrific golfer and, after leading the Golden Hawks team to a regional appearance last fall, set out on a golf odyssey once school let out in early June that might make Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods envious.
From Texas to California to Utah to Louisiana back to Florida, Bolton racked up frequent flyer miles — 30,000, by Bolton’s estimate — that might have him flying free for quite awhile.
But this isn’t just about golf, either. In between playing AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) tournaments, he flew out to San Diego the last weekend in July.
There, as not only a member of the award-winning MSSH Mu Alpha Theta Math Team but the executive vice president as well, he helped lead his team to a ninth-place national finish.
Bolton delivered a seven-minute speech about Leonhard Euler in the Alpha “Chalk Talk” division (a math speaking competition) and won it. His first-place finish made him a national champion in that category.
Oh yeah, did we forget to mention in late June he was at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a golf camp attended by several college coaches?
If anybody had a right to say he’s a little tired it would be Bolton, but that’s just not the case.
“What a great summer, something I’ll always remember,” Bolton said. “I was so busy I guess I didn’t have time to get tired and now, of course, school is starting next week, so off I go.”
Indeed, off he goes as Bolton will try to lead the Golden Hawks golf team to another successful season and perhaps accomplish something he came up just short of last November, a trip to state.
“Before summer started, I told myself I would devote each day to better enhance my golf skills and fitness for the sport,” said Bolton. “A lot of work has been put into the sport; earlier this year I began working out as well. I went from averaging under 240-yard drives last season to firing drives over 300 yards in many tournaments this summer.”
With the improvement of his skills, Bolton decided to take on a new, more challenging level of junior golf tournaments with the AJGA. This association conducts several tournaments a year around the country for the best junior golfers in the nation against some of the toughest competition.
“I really played well and was averaging scores in the low 70s, playing on the toughest courses of each state,” said Bolton, who continued placing in the top 10 and 20, competing in fields of more than 100 kids. “I traveled so much this summer that I don’t think I actually stayed at my own house for more than a couple of days."
And the 30,000 miles was no exaggeration according to Bolton.