For the Smyrna High School golf team, this spring sports season has been one of rebuilding as most of the varsity starters were lost to graduation last year. With any young team, the Eagles are seeing some growing pains that are evident in their 0-5 record.
At the core of the team are returning players senior Conor Brewer and junior Hayden Lloyd. In the team’s recent match against Delmar, Brewer tied Delmar’s Joshua Wood for the lowest score of the day with a 45, while Lloyd carded a 51.
Brewer and Lloyd took time away from practice Friday to talk to the Sun-Times about how they started playing golf and what they enjoy about the sport.
Q How did you start playing golf?
Conor My dad played a little bit and I just followed in his footsteps.
Hayden I live right there so I walked out here one day and just started playing.
Q What do you enjoy about playing golf?
Conor Competing with yourself, always striving to get a better score than you did the previous day.
Hayden It’s not based off one skill you’ve got to be able to do. There are so many different things involved, there’s long shots, shorts shots and they’re all completely different skills.
Q What’s the biggest misconception about golf?
Conor Golf is harder than you think; you can have one bad shot and your whole round will be ruined.
Hayden I was talking to somebody one time and they thought that it [the golf course] was pretty much the size of a mini-golf course; they seriously did and they said “Wait you shot that many shots on that [mini-golf course]” and I said no, it’s a full-size golf course.
Q What are your personal goals for this year?
Conor My personal goal would be to qualify for the state tournament.
Hayden My personal goal is probably try to average anywhere in the 40s and try to have a least one round of 45 or lower.
Conor I need to beat my career [score], 39.
Q What’s a good score in golf?
Conor In the 40s is a good score, anything below that is great.
Q What’s it take to get better at golf?
Hayden You have to practice and not just regular practice, you have to practice perfect. Set up every stroke; treat every stroke like it’s important because if it’s not perfect, you’re not going to do it perfect in a match.
Conor I couldn’t have said it better.
Hayden Those are your words.
Conor You did take my words – Perfect practice, it’s not just practice.
Q Conor, what are you going to miss about playing golf for Smyrna?
Conor Teammates, coaches, competing with myself and trying to get better every single day.
Q Hayden, what are you looking forward to as a senior on the team next year?
Hayden I’m just hoping we’re in a position where we can achieve a little more than what we had the potential to do this year.
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