Greensburg male spotlight athlete: Garrett Damich
Claim to fame: Damich took medalist honors in the Black Hills Conference tournament with a 3-over-par 75 at Village Green Golf Club. He won the Southwestern Pennsylvania Junior Golf Tour summer- long tour — 11 courses, 12 events — with 59.5 points. He came in eighth overall and first in Division II by shooting a 76 in the WPIAL tournament at Verona. Damich qualified for the PIAA West Region tournament at Tom’s Run Golf Course near Blairsville and tied for second with a 70. He was the first Bentworth golfer to go that deep into the postseason in 20 years.
State tournament: “It felt great to qualify. Even though I didn’t play well, I am still proud of myself. As far as next year, I always try as hard as I can, so I don’t know if my practice routine will change too much. But I will prepare as well as I can so I can qualify again.”
Why golf? “It’s kind of a family thing. My dad plays, and my grandma used to play but can’t now because of health reasons. I’ve played most of my golf with my (older) brother. It’s pretty cool to play the same sport because he can give me some guidelines and tell me how to improve. Also it’s something we can relate to and become better friends.”
The future: “One of my main goals is to get a scholarship. It would be great to play competitive college golf, but I haven’t really thought about where I want to go yet. It depends on where I get a scholarship offer.”