His name seems fitting for a golfer. Tyler Mulligan is a Chaparral senior who just sighs and smiles when asked what kinds of comments he gets when he is introduced to other golfers. However, the …
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His name seems fitting for a golfer.
Tyler Mulligan is a Chaparral senior who just sighs and smiles when asked what kinds of comments he gets when he is introduced to other golfers.
However, the three-time state-tournament qualifier hasn't used the opportunity to replay a shot like his last name suggests.
“No, but I wish I could sometimes,” said the soft-spoken Mulligan, who competed in several American Junior Golf Association tournaments in the summer.
“I've been playing golf since I was about 10 years old. I've improved a lot over the years. This past year has been a little struggle. I hit the ball decently far. Good for me these days is like mid-70s. I've been kind of off and on.”
Mulligan used to play both baseball and golf but decided to concentrate on only the links.
He opened the Continental League season with a 1-under-par 71 on Aug. 18 at Deer Creek, carded an 84 at Meadow Hills on Aug. 16 and had an 81 in the third league meet of the season Aug. 20 at Lone Tree.
The coach's take
“He's had six rounds at state and every round has been lower than the round before," coach Mark Stevens said. "Last year's second-round, I think he shot a 73 or 72, so he's got no place to go now except under par if he wants to keep that string going.”
What's your favorite pre-tournament breakfast?
Usually, I just have an egg sandwich.
Who is your favorite athlete?
I really like (pro golfer) Zach Johnson. I like the way he plays.
What would be a perfect performance for you in your sport?
It would be even par and not taking any holes over bogey. So no doubles and triples.
What is your favorite class in school?
Math — it has just always been easy for me to get a grasp of since I was really young.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I like to hang out with friends and I'm also part of this youth group at my school called CORE.
What are your plans for after high school?
I want to go to college and play golf, for sure. I'm still looking around. I'd prefer to go out-of-state, probably to the west coast would be my No. 1 choice.
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