Colt Sher­rell

Maple Val­ley Hand­i­cap In­dex 1.3

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1. WHEN DID YOU BE­GIN PLAY­ING GOLF AND HOW DID YOU LEARN?

Ever since I could walk, I have had a set of clubs in my hand. My first set was plas­tic and I would chase the ball around the house for hours-- hit­ting it down the hall, down the stairs, and through the liv­ing room. Around the age of ten I de­cided I wanted to com­pete. So I be­gan tak­ing lessons from our pro, Brian Thorn­ton, at Merid­ian Val­ley Coun­try Club, where I would go ev­ery other Satur­day to learn the fun­da­men­tals (grip, pos­ture, and how to “stick the fin­ish” like Tiger Woods). To, me two weeks felt like a life­time to wait to go show Brian how much I had im­proved.

2. TELL ME ABOUT ONE OF YOUR MOST TREA­SURED LESSONS ON THE GOLF COURSE.

The most im­por­tant les­son is how to be men­tally tough. Golf can be a hard game, full of chal­lenges-- and no mat­ter how hard you prac­tice,

prob­lems will come along. So do not let one bad shot or a bad break de­fine your round or tour­na­ment. Stay in the mo­ment and fo­cus on how to make the best of what­ever sit­u­a­tion you may be deal­ing with.

3. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOUR­SELF THROUGH THE GAME OF GOLF?

That I can al­ways be im­prov­ing. Tiger Woods once said that he only hits four good shots on a good round. I in­ter­pret that as a chance to im­prove on all the other as­pects of my game. Golf is a game that can never be mas­tered. How­ever, it can be en­joyed sim­ply for the re­ward of each in­di­vid­ual shot.

4. WHAT DO YOU EN­JOY MOST ABOUT THE GAME OF GOLF?

With­out ques­tion, I love that every­thing that hap­pens to me when I am on the course is “on me”. Both good and bad, I call the penal­ties on my­self no mat­ter how bit­ter it may seem. And I ex­pect any­one I play with to fol­low the same mind­set. You take ac­count­abil­ity for your ac­tions.

5. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR AF­TER HIGH SCHOOL?

Fol­low­ing high school, I plan to earn my way onto a ros­ter of a four-year col­lege and com­pete on the trav­el­ing team, while earn­ing my de­gree in busi­ness and mar­ket­ing. Af­ter two years of mar­ket­ing classes and in­volve­ment in DECA, I have found that “busi­ness” can take on many dif­fer­ent forms. There are mil­lions of ways I can make money while fol­low­ing my pas­sion.

6. WHAT AD­VICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO BE­GIN­NING GOLFERS LOOK­ING TO TAKE UP THE SPORT?

The most im­por­tant thing I would tell an up­com­ing ju­nior golfer is to be friendly with your play­ing part­ners. So much stress is re­lieved dur­ing the round when you are talk­ing with your fel­low golfers about your com­mon in­ter­ests, rather than keep­ing to your­self or try­ing to fig­ure how you’re go­ing to beat the other guy or gal in your group.

7. WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREAT­EST LES­SON YOU HAVE LEARNED BY PAR­TIC­I­PAT­ING IN WASH­ING­TON JU­NIOR GOLF?

There are sev­eral lessons WJGA has taught me. First; time flies, so en­joy ev­ery mo­ment of it. Sec­ond; play your own game. It is nearly im­pos­si­ble to play the game peo­ple want you to play as op­posed to the game you know how to play. Last (but most of all); there are many peo­ple around you that want to help you suc­ceed, but you need to ask for their ad­vice and be ready to lis­ten. This in­cludes the rules of­fi­cials, walk­ing scorers, and tour­na­ment staff. I wish I had the WJGA rules of­fi­cials with me at all my other tour­na­ments, they are great teach­ers.

8. WHAT IS YOUR FA­VORITE GOLF COURSE IN THE PA­CIFIC NORTH­WEST?

It is im­pos­si­ble to nar­row it down to one course be­cause of the dif­fer­ent cli­mates we have in our state. For Western Wash­ing­ton, my fa­vorite is Gold Moun­tain (Olympic Course), be­cause the course has a lot of risk/re­ward shots. Cen­tral Wash­ing­ton... it would be Rope Rider. I love the tall trees and moun­tain feel. My Eastern Wash­ing­ton choice would be Wine Val­ley, with the cool bunkers and rolling grass lands.

9. WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGH­LIGHT OF YOUR GOLF CA­REER?

Hands down, it’s hav­ing been a spec­ta­tor at The Masters. Au­gusta is a place that can’t be de­scribed, it must be ex­pe­ri­enced. From the in­cred­i­ble beauty of Amen cor­ner to the el­e­va­tion change from 10th tee to the green and the an­gu­la­tion of ev­ery green. There is not one pine nee­dle out of place; TV sim­ply can­not do it jus­tice. I look for­ward to re­turn­ing some­day as a player. As far as my play­ing ca­reer, it would have to be a cou­ple months ago when I went two un­der the last six holes of a two-day tour­na­ment to win the South­ern Ne­vada Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas. I re­ally felt “in the zone” and that is a great place to be.

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