North Mecklenburg sophomore golfer Conner Lewis' hard work has made him one of the area's better performers in just two years.
He practices seven days a week, nearly every week. That's the work ethic that has allowed Lewis to blossom.
"My dad took me to the range one day, and I just love it so much that I started going every day," Lewis said.
He earned all-conference honors as a freshman, and now the 15-year-old has surpassed the expectations of everyone around him, including his coach.
"He's got a great swing and a great attitude," said Vikings head coach Richard Luttrell. "Good weather or bad, he's out there working on his game. He can still get a lot better, and that's the scary part."
Luttrell doesn't see any reason why Lewis won't be one of the top players in the state as he continues to grow.
"Right now he's probably one of the top four in the league," Luttrell said.
"He hasn't started his physical growth yet, so he's got some strength to build that will help with his driving distance. But I'd say next year he'll probably be the best in the league because of how hard he works at it."
Realizing that hard work and maturity is what it takes to be the best at something, Lewis has kept a good head on his shoulders while burying himself in swing practice and golf tournaments. He has played in more than 25 over the past two years.
"The challenge of playing (is what I love about the sport)," said Lewis. "My short game is good because I practice that most of the time. Right now I have to work on my driver."
Despite his natural ability, there is another key to Lewis that makes him a great teammate and leader.
"I've got a senior (Ryan Abbott) that Conner has taken under his wing and made a lot better," Luttrell said. "He's out there all time, and they have a good time together. When he was a freshman, he couldn't play at all. But now that he's worked with Conner and been around him, he's just gotten better."
Luttrell has no doubt that his young star will be playing at the next level.
"He will easily get a mid-level conference scholarship, and he may even have a chance to play for a major program," Luttrell said. "He has the interest and desire to work at it and he has the ability to make it."
Right now Lewis is trying to help his team make states tournament, while also jostling for the team's number one spot with junior Danny Pizetoski, last year's I-MECK 4A co-player of the year.
"I love playing with him. He's a great friend of mine," Lewis said. "I want to be the best on the team, and he's my main competition right now. I just have to keep practicing..."