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Athlete of the Week: Bachant leads Blue Devils
Jonathan Bachant, Statesboro High School golfer. - photo by MIKE ANTHONY/staff

    Statesboro’s Jonathan Bachant turns 18 today. That’s one year for every hole he’s been dominating on the golf course.
    The Statesboro boys have put up some low numbers this season and Bachant’s consistent play has led the way. Against Effingham County and South Effingham at Lost Plantation Golf Course in Guyton on Monday, Bachant had the second-best score of all competing Blue Devils to help SHS beat both opponents in region play.
    “I’ve been playing pretty well this season,” Bachant said. “It’s a pretty simple plan. I just try to put it in the fairway and on the green every hole.”
    Last weekend, Bachant led all Devils with a 77 at the Demon Invitational in Warner Robins. His score was third- lowest among all golfers and helped SHS finish second overall as a team.
    Bachant, a senior, embraces his leadership role. With golfers taking on the course by themselves, he can’t do the work for his teammates. But he helps in other ways.
    “I just try to help everyone with the mental aspects of the game,” he said. “You have to be mentally tough when you’re out on the course."