Luke Olson, a sophomore studying psychology, is at the top of the leaderboards in golf thus far.
“Honestly, I feel success in golf is a really vague term to throw around,” Olson said. “But when I play my best rounds, it is because I have a clear mind and my practice that I have put in just pays off.”
Sam Phillips, Olson’s golf coach and a junior studying history, said the strongest part of Olson’s game is his putting. Phillips said Olson is coachable and, since the season has just started, he has continued to consistently prove he is the number-one golfer.
“My coach, Sam Phillips, puts a large focus on short game, you know, putting, chipping, anything that is 150 yards and into the hole,” Olson said. “That’s where you start to lose strokes in your game, by having confidence in your short game.”
Olson said confidence is a strong point of his game. He said that most of the time, he can stand over the ball with confidence, but sometimes he will hit a bad shot, but on the next swing, he will regroup and reset in his mind and have the confidence to hit a great shot. Olson said he has to play like that because he is not a pro, so he has to have that ability to recover from bad shots and be creative.
“I actually grew up playing baseball year-round on competitive and traveling teams my whole life,” Olson said. “If you know anything about golf and baseball, the swings do not work together so well. So I have only taken golf seriously just over a year now. So yeah, there are a lot of weak points, I’m sure. There is always a lot to work on.“
Tim Cogswell, a professional golfer, said he oftentimes hears from the parents of junior golfers that the baseball coach wants them to quit golf, as the golf swing will ruin their baseball swing.
“Yeah, I used to caddy for my good friend Jeremy Lieber, who is a year older than me but is actually a legit pro golfer and is really good,” Olson said.
Olson said he and Lieber eventually started playing together multiple times a week.
Olson said Lieber taught him a lot and was really encouraging of Olson’s potential in the game of golf.
“Once you come up with a set number of free hours, schedule your practice in regular increments, if possible,” according to mygolfinstructor.com. “In other words, if you have four hours a week, four separate hours on different days would be better than just two 2-hour practice sessions. The more often you do something, the better.”