KTVBHSS chatted with Vallivue golfer Connor Johnstone about picking up his first club at the age of one, the mental aspect of the game, and his love for Seinfeld.
How long have you been playing golf?
“I started playing when I was one. I asked for a set of clubs and balls and remember hitting balls in my grandparents’ backyard growing up. My entire family golfs: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles. I have a cousin, Stewart Cink, who has been on the PGA tour for several years.”
You guys make golf look easy. What is the most difficult aspect of playing golf?
“The pros make it look extremely easy. I’d have to say the repetition and consistency is the hardest part. You have to be mentally strong and be able to stay in the present, just because it is such a slow sport. You’re out there by yourself and it’s a struggle to keep focused.”
What do you do to keep focused?
“I can’t really talk to anyone else out there so I try and focus on something outside of golf, like school.”
Do you look up to any local players?
“Eagle’s Grayson Huff is a great role model. He is a Division I recruit (Huff has verbally committed to Auburn). His game is so consistent and is so mentally consistent. It’s unbelievable.”
Do you have a favorite pro golfer?
“I’d have to say Patrick Reed. He’s an underdog and displays that kind of attitude with a cockiness to him, but he is very confident. I try to be confident in my game.”
What is your favorite course to play?
“I’ve played at Pebble Beach and Spanish Beach, which are some of the best courses in the world. Locally, I usually play at Spurwing.”
Do you have any pregame rituals?
“”I’ll go to the range and hit some balls first. I also listen to rap music to get myself pumped up, although rap probably isn’t the best type of music for golf, but it gets me in the zone.”
Have you ever hit a hole-in-one?
“I actually just hit one three or four days ago. That was my second one. When you first get it, you don’t really make a big deal, until your buddies are like ‘hey you got the hole-in-one so you’re buying the pop!’ which kind of sucks. But then I think that there are some people in their sixties that haven’t gotten a hole-in-one, so it’s pretty cool.”
Favorite television show?
“Seinfeld and Impractical Jokers.”
That is interesting considering Seinfeld probably went off the air before you were born! Would you consider yourself an old soul?
“You could say that!”