Meet the Athlete: Tommy Tight


Sofia Seewald

When did you start playing golf?

I started playing golf when I was about 5 years old.

Why did you decide to start playing golf?

I started playing mostly because my dad was playing a lot and he got me into it.

What is your favorite part about playing golf?

If you hit a good shot, it could end up in a bad position and if you hit a bad shot, you could end up right where you want to be. I like that about the sport.

What is the most challenging part about playing golf?

The most challenging part is definitely staying positive because you can get a lot of bad breaks and shoot a bad score even if you’re playing well. It’s really frustrating too because you can practice a lot but still shoot bad.

How do you practice golf in the offseason?

I belong to the Minneapolis Country Club so we have a simulator there in the basement. I sometimes go to the Braemar Golf Dome too.

What’s different about a golf simulator in comparison to playing outside?

One thing for sure is the weather. The simulator doesn’t take into effect wind. If it’s colder, the ball is not going to fly as far and if it’s warmer it will fly farther. The simulator doesn’t take into account all of that. Putting is also really hard in the simulator because you’re not actually putting on a green — you can’t really see the break.

What are your goals for the rest this season?

We have a two-day Section tournament and you have to qualify for the second day. And so, I’d like to qualify for the second day of Sections, and obviously I’d love to make it to State.

How has golf impacted your life?

Golf has helped me kind of become more of a perfectionist. It has helped me realize that everything I do has to be perfect. It has also been really relaxing for me and when I’m stressed out with school and other stuff, golf just helps keep me relax.