Nathan Pearsall, Staff Writer
A freshman out of Yakima, Wash., Tyler Fitchett brings a powerful punch to an already lethal lineup on our Saints golf team.
Fitchett found his first round at the collegiate level to be a fun one, shooting a 69 and finding himself on the All-Tournament First team after his first three rounds. “I’d be lying if I said I expected to shoot a 69 in my first college round, but that sort of settled my nerves in a sense, it showed me that I belong here.”
The rest of the Saints team found stride in later rounds as they took home sixth place out of the 13 teams invited. Their rounds got better every day shooting a 294-291-289.
Not giving 100 percent is not an option here. “Our team is usually near the top of the conference, so now I feel obligated to go 100 percent and get the best score I can, I don’t want to let the team down.” Fitchett stated. Remaining at the top is what he envisions for the future. As a freshman, his goals still lie in front of him, but are not out of his reach. He wants to be the Freshman of the Year and has goals for the future as well, which include being nominated to the First Team All-GNAC and pushing to become the player of the year. All of these dreams come after not knowing whether he’d play baseball or golf in college.
“I became obsessed with golf when I started, and I was always at the golf course.” Fitchett began golfing his freshman year of high school, saying he’d “burned out” on baseball after playing since he was 5. He felt there was a true passion elsewhere and he found it on the links.
The biggest transition he’s found in golf is the team aspect, saying that his high school team was based upon individual results more than the team results. Coming to SMU has taught Fitchett that a true family aspect is built upon for success.
“Our whole team are great friends with each other and we hang out outside of golf all the time.” A close team always brings the best out of everyone, on and off the course.
With a couple more tournaments remaining in the season, Fitchett has big goals, but these goals are doable especially with his work ethic and the support of the rest of the team.