Herald All Area | Lakewood Ranch's Touchberry, Walker share Boys Golfer of the Year Award

Opposites Touchberry, Walker attracted trophies at Ranch

jdill@bradenton.comDecember 22, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Their personalities differ, and so do their golf games.

But the careers Ramsey Touchberry and Danny Walker put together at Lakewood Ranch, where they helped build a golf dynasty that included three consecutive state championships, is why it was difficult to choose just one to be the Bradenton Herald All-Area Boys Golfer of the Year.

So we're taking them both.

Touchberry has won the past two All-Area honors, while Walker won the award when they were freshmen after he won the state individual championship.

It was especially hard to separate the seniors during their 2013 seasons.

Walker was the medalist at the Class 3A-District 14 tournament, while Touchberry claimed that honor at the Region 5 tournament.

They both snagged medals at the state tournament, with Touchberry placing second and Walker finishing sixth.

The four shots that separated the duo at Mission Inn's El Campeon course, the site of the state tourney, was indicative of just how close the two are each time they tee it up.

Touchberry's stroke average in 2013 was 70.625.

Walker's was 70.8125.

"I think it's pretty appropriate for how we played this year," said Walker about sharing top player honors with Touchberry. "It'd be pretty hard to choose one of us over the other one."

Touchberry's outgoing personality is a polar opposite of the way he plays golf. On the course, he veers toward the conservative.

Meanwhile, Walker is more quiet and reserved off the course, but his game tends to be on the more creative side.

"I don't like to take many risks out there," Touchberry said. "I just kind of like to just play it down the middle. ... Pretty boring. A lot of pars, not really up and down. Usually pretty steady. ... We're a little opposite to our personalities on and off the golf course. We kind of switch roles on the course."

They've known each other since they were 8 years old, and they'll finally part ways at the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year. Touchberry verbally committed to play college golf at the University of Florida when he was a sophomore and is heading to Gainesville. Walker signed with the University of Virginia.

But they have a goal in mind when arriving to college.

Aside from making the regular starting lineup, Touchberry and Walker want to be part of their teams at the 2015 NCAA National Championships held at The Concession Golf Club.

While college life is an unknown to Touchberry and Walker, they said they know that it will be busy balancing golf with academics. However, it's a challenge each is willing to accept. And that drive made both easy choices to be named the Herald's Boys Golfers of the Year.

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