Q & A Justin Potwora

Hometown: Eugene, Ore.
Age: 18
Handicap Index: 4.7

1. When did you begin playing golf and how did you learn?
I was a pretty active little kid so golf wasn’t too fun at first. I really was more interested in raking the sandtraps and running around. My parents enrolled me in The First Tee program and I was hooked. They made golf fun and age appropriate.

2. Tell me about one of your most treasured lessons on the golf course?
I realized that my competition is myself….beating my last score. Once I realized this, the pressure and tension that I would feel during tournaments began to dissipate. It sure has helped my nerves and stress level.

3. What have you learned about yourself through the game of golf?
I have learned that I am not perfect. That was a hard one to learn and it took awhile, that is because I’m a perfectionist. I finally let myself realize that is was ok to not have a fantastic round every time.

4. What do you enjoy most about the game of golf?
Meeting people. Through golf I have realized I’m a people person. I really enjoy meeting people, finding out about their life and enjoying a common interest……golf!

5. Equipment: What is your favorite golf club in your bag?
Foot wedge. Just kidding, that’s my dad’s favorite club. I love all my clubs. As I have become more mature in my game I have realized the importance of each one.

6. What are your plans for after high school?
I am excited for the next chapter in my life. I have had an incredible opportunity through The First Tee program to play beautiful golf courses, meet amazing people and of course the incredible experience of winning The Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach. My goal is to go to a large University and embrace all it has to offer. If the stars line up and my wish is granted, I would love to go to USC. Academics are a priority for me so I will be putting my competition clubs down for a short time but I know I will find time for golf where ever I go to school.

7. What advice would you give young people looking to take up the sport?
Enjoy the walk!

8. What has been the greatest lesson you have learned by participating in Oregon Junior Golf?
Keep track of the time because these tournaments are timed, stay up with the group in front or get a card! Oregon Junior Golf helped me take my golf to the next level. I loved the opportunity to golf at Bandon Dunes in both the Winter Series and the Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur.

9. What is your favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest?
Bandon Dunes, without a doubt. I love the Pacific Ocean and our rustic coast. I have been blessed to have played at Bandon on three occasions through OJG.

10. What has been the highlight of your golf career?
Playing with Bernhard Langer at The Pure Insurance Championship. It was a crescendo to my high school golf experience. What I love about golf is the etiquette that I have learned playing this sport. Golf etiquette was personified in Mr Langer on the course. He was such a gentlemen and role model. For example, he gave everyone in our group pointers and helped us read puts.

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