Azallion aiming higher after SC Junior Title

After SC Junior title, Azallion aims higher

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Daniel Azallion is pretty modest.

"I've always been a pretty good golfer," the Hilton Head teenage says nonchalantly. "It's a cool feeling to go out and shoot under par rounds consistently."

But don't let that modesty fool you: Azallion is a very good golfer.

That was proven by his win at the South Carolina Junior Championship last month.

"That was one of the tournaments where I really wanted to win it," he says.

Azallion says it's the biggest win of his young career, and it's easy to see why. In a state where the junior golf scene is among the nation's best, being the state junior champ carries a lot of weight.

"It's a major championship on his level," says Daniel's coach and Belfair Director of Instruction Jason Baile. "It's like winning the PGA, or The Masters, or a U.S. Open, or an Open Championship at his level."

The win puts Azallion in an exclusive fraternity with other South Carolina Junior Champions including Mark Anderson, Wesley Bryan, and 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover.

But this win also sets him up to play in some of the most prestigious national tournaments in all of junior golf, including a tournament he's hoped to play in for years.

"It's around like March of next year. It's called the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley," Azallion says. "That's probably the biggest tournament winning this got me into."

The rising senior at Hilton Head Christian has a goal of one day playing on the PGA Tour. It's lofty, but his coach says he may just have the talent and the mindset to get there.

"He brought a great golfing mind. He's worked on his work ethic a lot," Baile says. "He's getting to the point where he realizes the type of player he can be."

Azallion still has time before he's teeing it up on Tour. But he'll continue to refine his skills against the best at his age group, an opportunity afforded to him after his big win last month.

"It just made me realize how hard I've worked to get there, Azallion says. "It just felt really good to see that."

Besides the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, the SC Junior win also earned the Virginia Tech commit a spot on Team South Carolina for the Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge next weekend at The Landings.