PREP GOLF: Tyler Groves continuing to find success on and off golf course

Independent file photo MCC’s Tyler Groves hits a tee shot during the Class A state golf tournament Wednesday at Becker.

SLAYTON – Tyler Groves is not a hard man to find in the summer. When he’s not working, it’s a safe bet that he’ll be somewhere on the golf course honing his craft.

“I work all day long and then I go to the golf course,” Groves said. “I go at night and whenever I can on the weekends. I go with friends and enjoy my time out there.”

The senior-to-be at Murray County Cental just completed his fifth trip to the state tournament in golf. This year marked the first time that he competed as an individual. Groves finished with a score of 167 to tie for 23rd overall. He shot a 37 on Day One and a 43 on Day Two.

“It was a little different experience for me this year,” Groves said. “It was my first year as an individual there. Overall it was a pretty good time.”

The lefty plays two sports for the Rebels. In the winter he plays basketball for the Rebels, but Groves said that hands down his favorite sport is golf.

“I enjoy the fact that it’s all about me,” Groves said. “It’s just me and I get to focus on one shot at a time. I just enjoy playing the game.”

What does Groves want to do for his swan song? He’s already played in five state tournaments, but has never medaled at state. He’d like to change that before his prep golf career is over.

“I’d like to win conference again for the third year in a row,” Groves said. “I’d like to medal at state next year. That’s something I haven’t done yet.”

On the hardwood the Rebels are coming off a season in which they went 11-13. They will have to replace eight seniors, including leading score Cole Bassett. Groves will be three seniors on the upcoming team.

“I want us to win the conference championship,” Groves said. “I hope we can do well in the playoffs and have a deep run.”

While Groves enjoys the individual side of golf, he said he likes basketball for the team aspect of the game.

“I enjoy the teammates that I play with,” he said. “I really enjoy the team aspect of the game. The community is really supportive of the basketball programs.”