South River's Josh Eure

South River senior Josh Eure made three straight birdies on the back nine of the second day to capture his second Class 4A-3A state championship Thursday. (Baltimore Sun photo by Amy Davis / October 27, 2008)

Asked what his best moment was on the golf course, South River senior Josh Eure didn't hesitate, blurting out a reply before the question was finished. "This week, by far," he said. After capturing his second Class 4A-3A state championship Thursday - making three straight birdies on the back nine of the second day to seal the win - Eure bested a field of 60 to win the Golfweek Junior Invitational in Pinehurst, N.C. Eure, who has accepted a scholarship to golf at Arkansas next year, maintains a 3.95 grade point average. He's a member of the National Honor Society and also worked on the school's yearbook last year. He also enjoys playing recreation-league basketball, street hockey and football with friends.

What was it like winning your second state golf championship?

It was a really good feeling. The first time [as a sophomore] I won it, it was more unexpected than anything else. But this time, my senior year, last chance ... I wanted to go out on top and really win this one.


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How were they different?

The first one, it really just put my name out there as one of the top players in Maryland. I was kind of flying under the radar a little bit. Last year, when I was supposed to be defending and didn't win it, that kind of fueled me a little more this year.

How do you forget about playing a bad hole?

Mentally, it already happened, so there's nothing you can do to change it except you just know you can improve. So you forget about that hole and you focus on the next shot, the next hole and try to make a birdie or two. There's nothing specific I do, I just put it in the back of my mind. I don't get upset about it - there's nothing I can do to change it, so I just move on to the next shot and focus on executing that next shot.

How did you pick up golf?

I was born in Augusta, Ga., and the thing was, my dad took me out when I was 6 or 7, and I never really got into it. Then we moved up here and I didn't play for three or four years until I was 10 or 11. I just really got into it. My first love was baseball. I played baseball forever, but golf kind of passed it. I just really love it.

How exciting was it winning the Golfweek Junior Invitational?

It's a great tournament. It was probably a field of 60, and about 40 of them were ranked higher than me. I knew I was playing pretty well coming into it, and I knew if I could stick to my game I would play well.

What was the ride home like?

I was so tired. I played 116 holes of golf in eight days. It was just silent joy I'd say. It's a really good feeling. I had the trophy behind me in the car, and I had to look back and touch it every now and again to make sure it was real.

What's Arkansas like?

I'd never been to Arkansas. ... It's one of the most beautiful courses I ever played. And with the coaches and practice facilities, it's got everything I need to become a better player and make it to the next level.

What separates Tiger Woods from everybody else?

His mind, by far. He's got great physical ability, but there's also a lot of other players on tour with great physical ability. It's mind over matter, like having a torn anterior cruciate ligament and stress fracture in your leg and still being able to win a U.S. Open. It's that.

Do you want to become a professional golfer?

It's definitely something I want to do. It's going to take a lot of work, a lot of work. But I think Arkansas is going to help me so much - the coaches, the team and everything they have over there.

With such a big commitment to golf, do you feel like you've missed out on things in senior year?

Yeah, you miss out on things. I've only seen two football games this year. You sacrifice time with friends and stuff like that, too. You want to go play football with them or street hockey, but you have a tournament the next morning. ... It's worth it.