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Athlete of the Month: Joonsung Ha


The Campanile: Who are you and what sport are you apart of?

Joonsung Ha: My name is Joonsung Ha and I am part of the varsity golf team.

TC: How long have you been on the team?

JH: I’ve been on the team since my freshman year.

TC:What is your favorite part of golf and why?

JH: I like playing on different golf courses. My favorite golf course I have ever played in was Silver Creek Golf Course in San Jose because I played well there my freshman year.

TC: What is your least favorite part of golf and why?

JH: My least favorite part is that it is really time consuming. I was considering quitting Paly golf this year because of my rigorous academic schedule. This year, I feel like I have taken more tests in the testing center than in a classroom.

TC: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

JH: I like to hit a couple balls on the range before I go play.

TC: Even though golf is individualized, how do you think the team environment has impacted your game?

JH: I try not to give up, because I’m not just playing for myself; I’m playing for my team.

TC: A large amount of the population think professional golf is boring. What do you have to say to these people?

JH: In my opinion, if more people played golf and then watched professional golf, they would have more appreciation for those guys out there — it’s much harder than it looks.

TC: What other sports do you play and how do other sports compare to golf?

JH: I like to play basketball with my friends in my free time, but compared to it, golf is a lot more deliberate.Unlike other sports, the golf ball stays still and there are so many different options that are available to you. The mental side is very important for golf compared to other sports. I think that golf is just as much a mental game as it is a physical game.

TC: Your season recently ended last tuesday in the Central Coast Championships last tuesday. What was your favorite memory this season?

JH: My best memory was being able to share the victories that we had during the season with my teammates, especially our Santa Clara Valley Athletic League win.

TC: Anything else?

JH: I just want to thank the golf coach, Doyle Knight, this season for all the sacrifices that he had to make in order to make this golf season a reality.

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