An already impressive year for Hunter Dunagan continues to get better.
The 14-year-old from Martinez won the 2012 Press Thornton Future Masters Golf Tournament on June 26.
Hunter was tied for the lead after completing two-thirds of the three-day event in Dothan, Ala., when he shot even par to win by four strokes.
The win was one of the biggest in his young golfing career, which spans just 3 ½ years.
“It definitely ranks among my top wins for sure because it was a much bigger field (with) 112 players,” Hunter said. “I hit a lot of fairways the whole week, which gave me good traction to the greens.”
Hunter was invited to the tournament based on his resume.
From January to May, Hunter played nine events on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, where he posted six wins, two second-place finishes and a third place finish. Hunter also was the points leader in the boys’ 11-14 division.
Hunter started working with West Lake golf pro Drew Belt in August. He credits Belt with turning his game around.
“I went from shooting 78-75 to consistently shooting one-over to multiple-under,” Hunter said. “I guess it all just kind of came together for me.
“All the changes started coming together around Christmas from what me and Drew had been working on.”
Belt called Hunter one of the most natural athletes he’s seen.
”Hunter is really talented,” Belt said. “He has incredible hand-eye coordination.
“I just taught him how to move his body correctly, and when he learned to move his body correctly, his hands took care of it and he hit it really good.”
Next up is the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, Calif., from July 10-13.
The Future Masters win was a good one for Hunter heading into the national field.
“It definitely gave me a lot of confidence,” Hunter said.
Hunter will compete in a few more Hurricane tour events and would like to remain the points leader. Then he will turn his attention to high school golf.
”I know (at) Lakeside, we’re going to have a very good year next year,” he said. “We’re going to have a very good team and we’ll definitely have a chance at state title.
“I definitely want to get a state ring and lowest honors.”