In his spare time, Ida Baker boys golfer Ross Lally likes to shoot a few rounds with his varsity team coach Scott Conforte.
“We have fun, but he works me hard and it gets competitive. When you’re an athlete you don’t like to lose, especially to coach,” Conforte says with a laugh.
“When you play with your coach, it gives you a different perspective on the game and it allows you to go out there and be true to it,” Lally said.
That is just one of the many ways that Lally has been preparing for the upcoming 2014 season.
Lally is coming off of a very successful 2013 campaign where he won a regional title to reach states and placed 49th overall after shooting 83-87. He was also named to the 2013 The News-Press All-Area team for his feats. However, he has been striving for a better finish to end his final high school go-around by playing in junior tournaments all offseason.
“I’m just trying to get as much experience as I can and am trying to make sure that I get back to states and have a much better result,” Lally said.
“I really want to leave my mark and show some of the younger kids what is possible.”
Lally has even changed his game in order to improve his results. Instead of using his upper body for swings, Lally has been working on the rotation of his hips, which has opened up his options on the course.
“Rotating my body in the right way really allows the course to close up a bit and is definitely going to be an advantage for me,” Lally said.
He’s been able to practice this new swing at the Coral Oaks Golf Course where he works on the golf operations staff.
“It’s a really nice job and it really shows me how the course runs and gives me a place to practice, which gives me an edge of sorts,” Lally said.
There’s no doubt about it. Ross Lally is all about golf.
“He has a great desire and dedication and when he’s not working at the golf course, he’s playing on it,” Conforte said.
“This is where he wants to be, and that’s what I believe separates him from all the other golfers in the area.”