For some, shooting an average score of 72 is the result of a lifetime of practice and countless rounds of golf.
For Jamestown junior Seth Nooe, that milestone came little more than two years after he committed himself to playing his family's favorite pastime.
Armed with natural ability, a strong long game and a live-in coach — his father, Wayne, is the director of the LPGA's Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill — Nooe already has cemented himself as one of the Bay Rivers District's top golfers.
His 72 is the second-lowest average score in the BRD, making him a legitimate contender for this year's district title.
And he's got another season at Jamestown ahead of him.
DP: Coach (Doug Meredith) tells me that you didn't play golf seriously until eighth grade. What sparked your interest at that point?
Nooe: I played basketball my whole life until the summer after eighth grade, so I started playing golf then. I didn't really have a future in basketball, and my dad works at Kingsmill, so he plays a lot and got me into it. I tried it and really loved it. I just started playing more, and it just really worked out.
You're at 72 right now. With your rapid progression over the past couple of years, how many strokes do you think you can take off your game by the end of your senior season next year?
I'm hoping to be a couple strokes better, maybe a couple under par for my average.
Describe your best round of the season so far.
My best round was two matches ago at Colonial Heritage when I had a 70. I played really well. I didn't play there last year, but I did in my freshman year and it didn't go so well. It was good to have a good comeback in my second time there.
What are some of your game's strengths, and what are some things you need to work on?
Right now, my ball-striking is incredible. I'm hitting a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. My putting has been a little bit of a struggle this year, but it's getting better.
With dad over at Kingsmill, how big of a role did golf play in your family growing up?
I used to always play in the backyard with Dad. He just really taught me how to play. He taught me everything about the game. Once I started playing, I realized how much I love it — it's in my blood.
Do you feel like having a live-in coach like that has been an advantage?
Oh yeah, it's really helped a lot. Whenever I'm not hitting it right or something, I can just ask him to watch what I'm doing and he points it out. That's a huge help.
What's the most frustrating aspect of golf in your mind?
Three-putting really gets me going. I hate three-putting.
The most rewarding aspect?
You get to meet people, you get to travel, you get to play on a lot of nice courses and big tournaments and stuff. It's just a great sport to play. It's really fun, and every time you play, it's different, so you always have something new to look forward to.
What professional golfer do you strive to emulate?
I look at Geoff Ogilvy — I like his game. He hits it on the fairways, he hits it on the green. He's a solid player. He just does what he has to do.
What are some of your goals for this season?
Of course, I would like to win the district championship, so we'll see if I can pull through with that. Outside of that, I want to be all-district, all-region and all-state.
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