If there was such a thing as winning the grand slam of golf in Thomson, Stewart Young would be the champion.
Young's is the reigning champion of golf at Belle Meade Country Club, as well as Thomson Country Club. He also was on the winning foursome team of the most recent Ray Guy Golf Classic, which goes to raise money for McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson, every year. For the last two years, he has been on the team that has won the Ray Guy Golf Classic.
Golf is a game that Young has been playing since a little boy. He went on to become a fine golfer while attending Thomson High School.
He seems to love the game as much now as he did back then.
"It's a great game; it really is," said Young during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror . "I love playing the game every chance I get."
The 49-year-old Young, a bank loan officer at Queensborough National Bank & Trust in Thomson, most recently won the individual golf title at Belle Meade Country Club. In October 2009, he captured the individual championship at Thomson Country Club.
Prior to winning the title at Thomson Country Club, Young had placed runner-up four different times.
In his latest championship at Belle Meade Country Club, Young shot a 75 on the first day and followed it up with a 76 the following day.
Despite those impressive scores, Young didn't lock up the title right then. Instead, he found himself locked in a two-hole playoff with former Thomson resident Will Dudley.
On the first hole, the 26-year-old Dudley, who now lives in Mobile, Alabama, sank a 2-foot shot. Young came through with a brilliant 20-foot putt to keep alive his chances of claiming his first individual golf championship at Belle Meade Country Club.
Young ended up beating Dudley on the second hole to lay claim to the title.
"It felt great to win," said Young, a local celebrity of sorts in another way -- serving as a color commentator on radio station WTHO-FM in Thomson for baseball games at his alma mater, Thomson High School.
Young captured the title at Thomson Country Club in a similar way. He shot a 74 on the first day of the tourney and then bounced back the next day, shooting three shots better -- shooting a 71. His nearest challenger, Scott Hawkins, of Thomson, also played an exciting round of golf in that tournament. The two eventually squared off in a playoff with Young defeating Hawkins on a second-hole shot.
"That was a lot of fun, too," recalled Young.
The game of golf has been a big part of Young's life.
"I've been playing since I was knee-high to a grasshopper," said Young, noting that his father, the late George A. Young, taught him how to play. "My Dad and I always beat my two older brothers, Allen and Andy when we played against each other. We had a lot of fun playing against each other on Christmas Day."
Young said he appreciated his Dad teaching him how to play the game.
"He was a good teacher," said Young.
Young was a member of the Thomson High School golf team for three years. His fellow teammates included Jeff Knox, Steve Smart, Scott Hawkins, Craig Bowles, Rex Marsh and Rob Douglas.
The team was Class AA state runners-up two of the three years he played.
Following graduation in 1979, Young attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College for two years, where he played college golf. One of his teammates there was Sonny Skinner, who became a pro on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour.
Growing up, Young spent a lot of time on the course at Thomson Country Club.
"I'd go out there and spend the day," said Young. "My Mama and Dad would give me a quarter a day and send me off with a sack lunch. And in that sack lunch was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I've eaten a bunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And I still love them."