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Take a trip to Enterprise Golf Course pretty much any time of the year and it won’t take long to find Mr. Enterprise. He’s not a professional, swing coach, longtime maintenance worker or a bag room kid. He’s Suitland High School senior Jahmar Seltzer who is known by his nickname at the course.

“We went to shoot a practice round and I’m like, ‘Yeah, he’s in First Tee,’” Suitland High School coach Kirstie Suggs said. “And the guy goes, ‘You mean, Mr. Enterprise? Yeah, he’s like an assistant pro over here.’ That’s how much he’s over there.”

The nickname is a direct result of his countless hours spent at the course.

“That kid works harder than any kid I’ve ever coached,” Suggs said. “I mean, I’ve coached six sports in my life and out of every sport I’ve coached, he has worked harder than any other player. He has the best attitude.”

Though his tireless efforts never resulted in a ticket to the state championships, which finished up Wednesday, they did pay out to the tune of a county championship.

“It’s a blessing. It’s a blessing from God,” Seltzer said after he topped Morgan Miner and Ishmail Jabbie in a playoff to win his bragging rights. “I don’t know, it’s amazing.”

It may have been amazing, but it was anything but easy. Seltzer made the turn down one shot to Jabbie, Oxon Hill’s Demarkis Cooper and Morgan Miner, and defending champion Bryan Morris. At the close of 18 holes, his 78 was good for a three-way tie and it was back to the first hole for a playoff between Miner and Jabbie. And Miner didn’t make it any easier from there, matching Seltzer’s 20-foot birdie putt with a 15-footer of her own to take it to a second and third playoff hole before Seltzer’s mistake-free golf finally prevailed, a par ousting Miner’s triple bogey.

“What I kept saying to myself during the whole round of the playoff was, ‘Don’t give up, keep on fighting, you know, because you never know what you’re opponent is going to do,’” Seltzer said. “So I just said ‘Stay focused, and finish.’”

What makes Seltzer’s victory all the more impressive is that it came not two weeks after a disappointing showing at the regional tournament, his final opportunity to qualify for states, in which he shot 88. He could have hung his head, called it a solid career, and leave the county title up for Morris, Cooper, Jabbie or Miner. Instead, he told Suggs he was going to win the thing.

“The kid has heart. I mean, he didn’t make the qualifier and he was really disappointed. Really disappointed,” Suggs said. “He told me on the day of the qualifier, like a half hour after he did it, he said ‘Coach, I’m going to win the P.G. County championship.’ I said ‘For real?’ And he said ‘I’m going to win the P.G. County championship.’”

tmewhirter@gazette.net