Every shot counts. And, during the course of a tournament, one of those shots likely stands out above the rest.
James Nicholas can attest to that.
Nicholas won the New York State High School Championship by a single shot on Monday.
The victory for the Scarsdale High senior may not have been were it not for an incredible shot Nicholas pulled out of the bag in the tournament's opening round.
Playing the 17th hole at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course on Sunday, Nicholas found himself in the pond to the left of the green.
According to GolfDigest.com, he proceeded to remove his shoes and enter the pond to play the shot even though half of the ball was submerged. What happened next was a near miracle:
How about that? Unfortunately, Nicholas didn't convert the putt, but he most likely saved himself a stroke by playing from the water instead of going to the drop zone 125 yards back.
It reminded me of this shot that Bill Haas hit on the 17th hole of the 2011 Tour Championship in a playoff against Hunter Mahan on his way to winning the tournament and the FedExCup:
According to lohud.com, Nicholas will play football and golf at Yale.