Wash­ing­ton’s Sean Kato

Red­mond, WA. +2.9

Golf Today Northwest - - Contents -

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

When I was 11 months, I was watch­ing my dad hit balls in our back­yard. We had sev­eral acres of land, and a few flags spread out. One day he handed me his club, and I started hit­ting balls with it. From then on I have been play­ing this great game and been in love with golf ever since.

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

Through­out my time on the golf course, I have learned a few valu­able les­sons. One of them is never to let a pre­vi­ous bad shot af­fect the rest of my round. We are only hu­man, and we make mis­takes. I have learned to ac­cept them and move on to the next shot. An­other les­son I have learned is never to give up. You could be hav­ing a bad round, but if you stick to it and keep be­liev­ing, you might be able to turn it around and shoot a good score.

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

Golf has taught me a lot about my­self over the years. I have learned how hard­work­ing I am and how much work I need to put in, to com­pete at the high­est level. I have been through the highs and lows of the game, but I have learned that the

‘lows’ are there to keep you hum­ble and en­joy the ‘highs’ when they come around.

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

Golf is en­joy­able be­cause it is just you and the golf course. No one else. No team­mates. No coaches. To pull off a shot when you need it down the stretch of a golf tour­na­ment or if you’re just play­ing with some bud­dies for fun, the work you put into your game is the great­est feel­ing.

5. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR AF­TER HIGH SCHOOL?

My plans af­ter high school in­clude play­ing golf at Ore­gon State Univer­sity in the fall of 2018. I couldn’t be more ex­cited to play golf at the col­lege level. Af­ter that, I plan to pe­ruse pro­fes­sional golf and one day play on the PGA tour.

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

For golfers just pick­ing up the game, I en­cour­age them to make it fun. You won’t be Tiger Woods or Jor­dan Spi­eth in a week. Golf is about im­prov­ing a lit­tle bit each day. Don’t set your ex­pec­ta­tions too high, just en­joy the game and im­prove lit­tle by lit­tle each day.

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

I have learned through play­ing Wash­ing­ton Ju­nior golf tour­na­ments. I started when I was eight years old, and it was some of the first tour­na­ments I’ve ever played. Through­out my time play­ing, I re­al­ize that WJGA has taught me how to play golf within the rules be­cause of the knowl­edge­able vol­un­teer rules of­fi­cials at ev­ery event. I am thank­ful for this tour and how much they give back to Wash­ing­ton ju­nior golfers. You learn quickly there are so many great play­ers in the area, and you have to be very good to com­pete with them.

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

My fa­vorite golf course would have to be Bear Creek Coun­try Club, my home course. It is a chal­leng­ing golf course, very de­mand­ing off the tee and into the greens. The greens run very fast with a lot of breaks. The course is fun be­cause I some­times find my­self I have never been be­fore and have to pull off new shots all the time.

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

A huge high­light was this year at the 2017 WJGA State Cham­pi­onship. Win­ning the over­all ti­tle was a dream come true for me. I trailed by five strokes af­ter day one but then fired rounds of 65 and 68 to win by two strokes. It is awe­some to have my name with Fred Cou­ples and Ryan Moore on the same tro­phy. I also won an AJGA at Oak­brook Golf Club in July. I shot my low­est com­pet­i­tive round, a 64 in the open­ing round, high­lighted by an ea­gle on the par four 7th hole. I fol­lowed it up with rounds of 70 and 68 to post -8 and win by two shots. It was an­other truly in­cred­i­ble week. I am for­tu­nate to be in these po­si­tions and close them out. It is a chal­leng­ing task to fin­ish off a golf tour­na­ment af­ter shar­ing the lead. My ex­pe­ri­ence at the Ryan Moore AJGA helped me shut the door at the State Cham­pi­onship this past Au­gust. I knew ex­actly what I needed to do to get the job done. Thank You

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