South Xtra: Baldwin senior enjoying standing out on links

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One of the members of Baldwin High's golf team has a unique way of spelling his first name. But with the summer Alexx Suchy has enjoyed, he hopes that his game will be just as memorable as the first name his parents gave him.

"My parents didn't like the [traditional] spellings for names," said this 17-year-old Whitehall resident. "My older sister's name is Lauryn, which has a different type of spelling. Anyway, my parents were watching a movie, and while the credits were rolling, they saw the name "Alex," and my mom suggested they just throw another "x'" in there so that I wouldn't be like every other Alex."

He said the unique name fits him well.

"The name goes with my personality," he said. "I definitely stand out in a crowd."

So does his golf game.

This summer, Suchy (pronounced like cookie) shot a 3-under-par 69 to win a King's Junior Golf Tournament at Butler's Golf Course June 11. The left-hander won another event July 28 with a 71, six strokes better than the runner-up. But his most memorable round this summer might have been the playoff victory he had to defeat Austin Sicilia of McKees Rocks July 21 at Stonecrest.

Both shot 2-over 73, and Suchy won in a playoff.

"That's happened just one other time for me," he said. "I won at a high school match and then at Stonecrest. In a playoff, I just try to keep my focus and get in a zone. You can't let anything distract you."

Suchy, a senior, is one of the top returning players at Baldwin this season along with senior teammate Zach Taylor and junior Kevin Sullivan.

"There is a sense of confidence for all of us," Suchy said. "We believe we have the strongest trio in our conference and that we can beat our opponents any time we need to to win matches and our section."

Suchy said the best part of his game is his short game and putting, but he hits the ball well off the tee. He estimates that he can drive the ball 280 to 285 yards, but on a good day his drives can approach 300 yards.

"I can get up and down from anywhere," he said of his scrambling ability not far from the hole. "When I'm able to do that, it gets in an opponent's head."

Since last season, Suchy believes he has become more consistent.

"I'm scoring better, and I've been able to do a better job with course management," he said. "I've matured, so my course management has gotten better."

Suchy's sister is attending North Carolina State University, and that's where he'd like to go to school, too.

"I'm looking at going to school there and major in business," he said. "I'd love to play golf there. I'd be able to play year-round, and it's a big school with 35.000 students. I feel like I'd fit in there."

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