Hastie '21 Wins 18th Annual Metropolitan Junior Amateur Golf Championships

Posted: July 11, 2017

EUREKA • Not that Curt Hastie needed much help the past few days at the 18th Annual Metropolitan Junior Amateur Golf Championships.

But the 14-year-old had a valuable resource to fall back onto during the two-day, 36-hole affair.

Hastie, in his few times of need, relied on the experience of Nikka Bazzetta, a 22-year-old who caddies for Curt's father at Sunset Country Club.

The duo worked in perfect tandem as Hastie carded a 4-over-par 148 to win the boys 14-15 division by seven strokes Thursday at Aberdeen Golf Club in Eureka.

Hastie shot a 77 on the final day after a sizzling 1-under 71 on Wednesday.

And Bazzetta was there every step of the way.

"She just made sure I was doing the right things, lining up right, reading the putts right," Hastie said. "It's not really like she told me what to do every swing — just when I needed help."

Bazzetta said her role was a simple one.

"I would just confirm and tell him what he was thinking of doing was right," Bazzetta said.

Bazzetta, a Lutheran South grad, recently completed her golf career at Maryville University. She is aware of what it takes to be successful.

"It was just great to have her around whenever I had a question," Hastie said.

Bazzetta's biggest influence came after Hastie recorded double bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes. She delivered some calming words to the freshman-to-be at Chaminade, who immediately returned to form.

"I just needed to get back to what I was doing (Wednesday)," Hastie said.

The 5-foot-9-inch Hastie took control of the tournament during the first 18 holes Wednesday. He turned in a steady performance on Thursday and held off a charge from runner-up Jack Cronin (155).

Cronin, a sophomore-to-be at Marquette, was paired with Hastie and both shot 77 over the final day.

"Just watching him play helped me elevate my game," Cronin said.

Hastie is on the fast track to success. He can hit the ball 275 yards off the tee and likely will get even stronger over the next few years. He possesses a steady short game and his putter was on fire, especially during the opening round when he needed just two putts or less on all 18 holes.

Ironically, Hastie did not like golf at first. He took up the sport at the urging of his father, Stacy.

"I hated it when I first started," Hastie said. "I just wasn't any good at it."

Hastie, as a 5-year-old, seemed more interested in playing in the sand in the bunkers rather than hitting out of them.

Last season, he finally turned the corner, fashioning rounds of 74 and 75 in a tournament at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton.

Article courtesy of stltoday.com