PENDLETON — Trevar Denney stood over his ball on the ninth green at The Edge Golf Club during Pendleton Heights’ early May match against Anderson. When the putt rolled in from 20 feet, the momentum of his senior year changed.
He shot a career-best 29 and moments like that helped Denney earn The Herald Bulletin’s Athlete of the Year honor for boys golf.
“This means everything to me,” Denney said.” It means all my hard work has paid off. It is great to be recognized for my great play.”
Denney said his play on that Monday afternoon was his most memorable moment of the season, but it also started his assent to the top of the Arabians five-person lineup.
“It was a great confidence booster,” he said. “Shooting under 30 is always one of my goals and that is the only time I have done it.”
The senior went on to an impressive fifth place finish at this season’s IHSAA state finals and helped Pendleton Heights to a fourth-place team finish. He fired a 36-hole total of 145, four strokes behind the medalist.
That performance was a drastic improvement to his 156 score and 59th place finish in 2013 in the finals.
“I steadied my tempo and my swing (this season),” Denney said. “Last season my swing was a little quick and didn’t have much trust in it.”
Denney is unlike many other high level golfers in that he has only had a couple lessons since he picked up his first plastic club when he was 2 years old.
“Trevar did it, in my opinion, the right way,” Pendleton Heights coach Jim Phillips said. “He got a few lessons to work on the basics of the game, and the basics of his swing. Hard work is what made him.”
Phillips called Denney the ideal player for the way he improved all four years with the team and remained focused on the sport, whereas other players are distracted by other aspects of life as a high schooler.