Photo by Vyto Starinskas.
It is one thing to be gifted in a sport. It is another to work like nobody’s business to become the best athlete you can be. That’s what happened with Mingus Union golfer Travis Nester. He got involved with the sport because his brotherplayed, and he wanted to play as well.
“He’s a kid who has really worked hard to improve since he’s been a freshman,” Mingus Union golf coach Craig Mai said. “He’s my prime example to other kids to say ‘Hey Travis couldn’t hit the ball at all as a freshman.’” “He is a kid who continues to work hard in the offseason and has really improved. If he wants to play at the next level, he can. He really loves the game and will work at it.”
Verde Independent: What started you golfing?
Nester: My brother Tommy, he asked me to come out with him, and we started right here on hole 10 at the Verde Santa Fe golf course.
Verde Independent: What was so appealing about golf?
Nester: I just hit it off the tee and loved it ever since.
Verde Independent: Where you a natural at golf?
Nester: No. I went out for the team my freshman year. I did terrible until the summer of my freshman year.
Verde Independent: Why the dedication?
Nester: It is probably the fastest growth I’ve seen in any sport I have played.
Verde Independent: Any goals this year?
Nester: I just want to go to state.
Verde Independent: How do you mentally stay up in golf when things are going bad?
Nester: I keep my head clear.
Verde Independent: Favorite memory of golf so far?
Nester: It would have to be freshman/ sophomore year at Pine Shadows on the ninth hole it was the first solid shot I ever hit off the tee. That was with my brother Tommy just messing around.
Verde Independent: Difference between junior and senior year?
Nester: Motivation and encouragement are much higher.
Verde Independent: Did you ever think about quitting any of those years?
Nester: This year. At the beginning of this year, I was close. I couldn’t find my swing.
Verde Independent: How did you find it?
Nester: I spent a lot of hours on the golf course practicing.
Verde Independent: Do you plan on playing in college?
Nester: I’m looking into South Mountain Community College.