GREAT BARRINGTON -- Add Wyantenuck Country Club head professional Tom Sullivan to the growing list of those who see great potential in former Pittsfield High School and All-Eagle golfer Hayden Jarck, who qualified for the Massachusetts Amateur in a qualifying tournament at Wyantenuck on Monday.
Sullivan recently started working with the lanky Jarck, who recently returned home after his freshman year at High Point University in North Carolina. The work seemed to pay off on Monday after Jarck had struggled in a couple of other recent qualifiers.
"I see a lot of potential there," Sullivan said. "He's a very nice young man, he works hard and has a great outlook. He has the length [off the tee] you need and he has great determination."
While his game is nowhere near the level yet of former Sullivan pupil and two-time Massachusetts Amateur champion Jim Salinetti achieved at an early age, the Wyantenuck pro sees some similarities.
"He does remind me of Jimmy," said Sullivan. "Like Jimmy, if you give something to work on he just pounds balls and when you come back two hours later, and he's still working on it."
Longmeadow Country Club, the host of the Mass. Am. next month, will provide another test in the growth of Jarck's game.
"It will be fun to see how he does there," Sullivan said. "Longmeadow is a tough course and they've made it longer."
Jarck, who turns 19 today, said working with Sullivan has boosted his confidence.
"He's worked with a lot of good players like Jim Salinetti and [Taconic head professional] Josh Hillman," said Jarck of Sullivan, named the No. 2 teaching professional in Mass. last year by Golf Digest and the top teacher in the PGA's Northeast N.Y. Section.
It obvious Jarck is serious about his game and golf. He is expecting to apply to Florida State University, which offers a PGA management curriculum in its business school.
"That's what I want to do," he said.
But for now, it's a summer of tournament golf, with the Mass. Amateur offering a good test of where Jarck's game is.
"This will be a new level for me to compete against," he said.