Freshman Standout: Zac Temple

Freshman Zac Temple has been dominating on the golf course.  The Hartland, Vt. native has been rookie of the week the past two weeks.  There’s no hooking or slicing in his game – just snapping tees and dropping birdies. Here’s a look into this Spartan golfer’s game and life.  

Q: When and why did you start playing golf?

A:”I learned everything from my Grandpa.  I would hit balls in the backyard with him when I was 5 or 6 and I started playing when I was in eighth grade, going into my freshman year of high school.”
Q: What does being ‘Rookie of the Week’ mean to you?

A:”Means quite a bit.  The purpose of coming out here was to get my name out here in New England.  I want to be at the top of the leader board and be rookie of the year.”  

Q: Who has inspired you?

A:”Obviously my grandpa.  My parents are also very supportive.  They came out for the Duke Nelson invitational, where I won my first rookie of the week honor.”
Q: What high school did you go to? And did you win any tournaments then?

A:”I won a few tournaments. I also set the Vermont high school record at Neshobe Golf Club, shooting 4 under.”
Q: Do you have any rituals?  

A: “I’ve gotten two hole-in-ones and I keep those balls in my bag for good luck.”  

Q: Do you have any advice for younger golfers?

A: “Get out there and play as much as you can. Don’t be hard on yourself because golf is a mental game.  It’s 70 percent mental and 30 percent skill.”
Q: When not on the green, what do you like to do with your friends?

A: “Play Tiger Woods on PlayStation.”
Q: How’s the golf team looking for the rest of the season?

A: “The golf team is looking solid, but there’s always room for improvement.  We tried this new practice method where we focused more on practicing rather than on actually playing.  After that, our team had scored its best round of the year.”  

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: “I really like chicken wings.”
Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A:”I think Ted is pretty funny.”

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