Matt Madden2

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Age: 22
Location: Rochester, MN
Position: Writer/Reviewer
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Since I was 3 years old, I have been a sports fanatic and always needed something to do to keep me active. I played almost every sport imaginable as a kid and have been fairly successful at all of them. Golf, however, has not come as easy as everything else. Up until about 5 years ago, golf was just a great hobby for me to do in the summer time in between my other sport camps. Since then it has become an obsession that I cannot seem to let go. Unfortunately, it has had to take a backseat to my other priorities, being a three sport athlete in high school and playing lacrosse for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. About a month and a half ago, my eligibility to play college sports expired and there was nothing standing in my way to pursue golf as I had everything else.

Being from Minnesota, hockey is the main sport and golf has been a pretty natural transition for many of the hockey players. I was very fortunate to have so many friends that liked to play golf, which further grew my love for the game. Soon enough I was making friends with all the local golf shops and convincing them to let me take clubs off their shelf, left and right, to try them out. While my parents sometimes get annoyed with my obsession, (entering into as many tournaments as humanly and financially possible, never having the TV on anything but the golf channel, and hypnotizing myself in golf books and magazines) I would never be where I am today without them.

Constantly being on teams growing up, golf was a big change for me. I love the idea of being 100 percent responsible for anything that happens in your round. My biggest flaw could be gathering too much information and loading my head with swing thoughts. I am an information junkie and am always looking for that next tip or thought that might just make everything “click.” I am an extremely competitive person and as much as I enjoy the game, I have never really been complacent with my scores because I know that there is always room for improvement. My lowest round ever is a 75 at Lester Park Golf Club in Duluth, MN. My goal this year is to break par or possibly even 70.

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