Photo by Vyto Starinskas.
Keagan Lamb is a senior golfer for the Mingus Union golf team. He got involved in golf by going along with his father and grandfather, Mike and Dan, as they played together. A model of consistency, he has finished second in every match this year. His goal and the team’s goal is to get to state this year.
“Well, he plays a lot of golf,” Coach Craig Mai said. “He’s got a really strong mental game, and he understands the game of golf and how to play it well. He has a great swing, and I’ve had a lot of coaches come up to me and compliment me on how nice his swing is. He’s a hockey player and that keeps him strong, and that complements his golf game really well.”
Verde Independent: What have you done to work on your game this season?
Lamb: I have worked on my short game. I practiced chipping inside 100 yards.
Verde Independent: What do you like about golf?
Lamb: Everything. I love being out here every day.
Verde Independent: How is this year different than last year?
Lamb: This year is different because it is more pressure. We are trying to go to state this year, and we’re a couple of points back. We’re trying to go as a team this season.
Verde Independent: Can you go to state on your own?
Lamb: Yeah, but I’m still a couple of shots behind.
Verde Independent: Do you have a pre match rituals?
Lamb: I listen to music. I like Nickleback. I like to hit some golf balls, but not too many to where I get worn out. I like to stay loose.
Verde Independent: How far can you hit it off the tee?
Lamb: A good shot 330 yards.
Verde Independent: Do you want to play golf in college next year?
Lamb: Yeah, that’s the goal. I’d like to go somewhere in Phoenix.
Verde Independent: What do you want to do for a career?
Lamb: I’d like to go into law enforcement.
Verde Independent: What kind of legacy would you like to leave behind for the under classmen?
Lamb: I would like for them to play with respect and not cheat on scores. It is just the worst thing you can do.
Verde Independent: How do you stay mentally sharp when you are playing bad?
Lamb: I try to get my mind out of golf, and I think about hockey. When the golf game goes down you have to think about other things.
Verde Independent: Favorite golf course that you have played at?
Verde Independent: Favorite dessert?
Lamb: Fried ice cream.