John Catlin Q & A
August 13, 2012
John Catlin of Carmichael has the chance this week to become one of four players in NCGA history to win the Amateur Match Play Championship three consecutive years, and first to do so in 49 years. The 21-year-old, who will be starting his senior year at the University of New Mexico majoring in Business, has aspirations of eventually taking his game to the next level. Monday after a tough day on the golf course, Catlin was kind enough to catch up with the NCGA.
What would it mean to you to win the NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship three consecutive years?
It would definitely be an honor. I love playing golf down here and love playing this golf course. To be able to win three times at [Spyglass] would be awesome. That’s why I tee it up.
What’s the key to your success in Match Play?
I don’t know. I guess I keep the ball in play and I don’t make a lot of errors. I don’t short-side myself a lot, and on a course like this you have to make pars; pars will win a lot of holes out here.
What do you enjoy most about Spyglass Hill?
The ocean, the golf course, the greens, pretty much everything about it, I just love. Every time I come out here, I’m like ‘Wow, this is an awesome golf course’ and it makes me want to come back and play it again.
What are some of your hobbies outside of golf?
For me it’s going to church. It’s something that I do every Sunday and I attend some Bible Studies during the week, so that’s really important to me. I also like hanging out with my friends.
What are your plans after you graduate from college?
I’m planning on turning pro, probably not until next September. [However], I really don’t know yet, that’s still a year away; a lot can change in a year, but that’s my plan.