When Jensen Beach senior Greg Duncan emerged as the top area boys golfer this season, it could’ve been seen as a surprise to some, but to him, it was a long time coming.
After being little more than an afterthought the previous two seasons, Duncan dominated the competition by finishing first in districts and second at regionals. Then at the Class A state tournament, Duncan birdied the final four holes to finish tied for fifth with a two-day score of 150.
Jensen Beach’s Greg Duncan is The Post’s golfer of the year.
Duncan, 17, has long believed he had the talent to compete at a high level, but for the past three years, he has been stopped by the same challenges that all young golfers face — staying motivated and putting all facets of his game together.
In fact, when Duncan moved to Jensen Beach from Scotland three years ago, he quit playing golf altogether.
“I relished the challenge of playing in Scotland because the conditions were always tough and so was the competition,” Duncan said. “But when I came to the United States, I got really homesick and the only person I had to play with was my dad. “The game just became boring to me.”
Just as his father, Ken, was part of the reason Greg stopped playing golf his freshman year, Ken also was the reason Greg picked up the clubs again as a sophomore.
“My dad kept motivating me to play because he knew I had the talent,” Duncan said. “Him believing in me so much made me want to practice and play more.”
But as he began playing again, Duncan struggled to find success at the high school level. As a junior, he didn’t do well at districts and failedto qualify for regionals.
Before this season, Duncan got a new swing coach in Jerry Tucker, and for the first time he began to excel on American soil.
“I’ve always known I had the talent, but Jerry brought my game to a different level,” Duncan said. “And on the course, it showed.”
During the past four years, Duncan has grown from being a homesick freshman who lost his love of golf to being The Palm Beach Post Player of the Year as a senior who looks forward to playing golf at the college level.
“When I first moved here, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever adjust,” Duncan said. “But I’ve come a long way and have even started to enjoy the American golf courses, and the sunshine and the girls are much better as well.”