|Spotlight with 2015 Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association Players' of the Year|
|Dane Sethre Hofstad|
Minnesota Section PGA Junior Golf Players' of the Year, Dane Sethre-Hofstad and Elle Carlson, shared some insight into last year's successes and their first year in collegiate golf.
What worked well for you last year that allowed you to win Player of the Year?
Sethre-Hofstad: Every part of my game came together last year. I kept the ball in play and my short game was right where I wanted it to be.
Carlson: Last summer, I felt really confident with my swing and was able to put up consistent scores throughout the summer golf season. I also started keeping stats on the rounds I played, and that helped me better see the areas I could most improve on, especially my putting.
What was the highlight of your season?
Sethre-Hofstad: The highlight of my season would definitely be winning the AAA State Tournament. That feeling is something I will never forget.
Carlson: The highlight of my season was winning the Player's Tour Match Play Tournament. Match play is actually my favorite way to play golf because a player is never really out of the round. I was also the runner-up last year in this tournament, and to be able come back and win the next year, it was a huge accomplishment for me.
What does your offseason typically look like? How do you try to improve your game on & off the course?
Sethre-Hofstad: My college team has an indoor trackman setup, so I usually go there a few times a week to hit balls and keep my swing in tune prior to the season.
Carlson: In the offseason, I usually work a lot on the technical part of my swing. However, since I'm now playing at SDSU, we do a lot more than just working on our full swings during the offseason. My team works with a trainer twice a week and we are encouraged to work out more on our own. I'm hoping that all this practice will pay off during our spring season.
What has been the biggest adjustment for you playing collegiate golf?
Sethre-Hofstad: The time management aspect is probably the toughest part about transitioning to college golf. Missing classes is a bigger deal in college than it is in high school and keeping on top of schoolwork during the season is tougher.
Carlson: The biggest adjustment to collegiate golf has been managing my time. I knew I was going to be busy with both school and golf, but in all honesty, I definitely underestimated the time everything would take. While in season, our coaches can mandate that we practice twenty hours a week, which equates to about 3-4 hours a day because we generally have one day off. As a result, most of my days are very structured, which is great for me because I like to stay busy.
Minnesota Section PGA Major Championships Announced
The Minnesota Section PGA has released its schedule for the 2016 Major Championships. The Minnesota PGA Professional National Championship is Aug. 29-30 at Bemidji Town & Country Club. The Minnesota Senior PGA Professional Championship will be Sept. 6-7 hosted by Faribault Golf Club, and the Minnesota PGA Assistants' Championship is Sept. 19 at Oak Ridge Country Club.
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