Hamilton sophomore Nick Carlson started golf at age 2; now aims to win second state title

Sophomore Nick Carlson has definitely made an impression in his first two years of high school golf.

He just captured his second regional title last week, with a one-over par 73 on his home course at Diamond Springs.  He will defend his individual state title for Division II on June 14-15 in Allendale.

Golf is by no means a new hobby for the defending state champion, as he started playing when he was only two years old after his father introduced him to the game.

“He was my beginning coach, and is still there at every tournament supporting me,” said Nick. “It’s pretty sweet.”

The first win for Nick was when he was 6 or 7, at a tournament.

“It was the coolest thing, everyone wanted to high-five me.”

It was after that win, that he realized he had some talent in this area.

He has been playing better and better ever since, and he continues to play for school and attend tournaments around the state, working on improving and reaching his goals.

“I want to be the best I can be,” he said.

For high school golfers in Michigan, he has reached that honor recently, as he is ranked number one in the state according to the AJGA Polo golf rankings.

“I know I still have to get better and there is a lot of room to improve,” he said.

Nick’s goal for high school is to win as much as possible. So far he is ahead on his scores compared to last year. His record, as a golfer is, a shot of 31 and he tied that this year in a match.

“It’s an amazing sport,” Carlson said about golf. “If you think it’s easy to go out and hit a ball with a stick, then go play under USGA rules, and you’ll see how much work it takes to be good.”

Nick is very passionate about golf, and he is putting forth a lot of effort to improve and head closer towards his goals. He also will continue to play against people in the entire state, not only Division II.

When asked about the pressure on the course, Nick this to say.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself, sometimes it folds in on me and makes me look bad,” Carlson said. “I can get extremely nervous and cave in, but I have learned to deal with it.”

He also explained that there is more pressure during certain shots you have to take.

Recently West Michigan’s Fox News asked to interview Nick about his previous tournament where he shot a 10-under par, 62.  He was very excited about the performance.

“I shot a ten under par, you don’t see that too often.”

Nick spoke about how nerve wracking it was to be interviewed on TV, but that it went well and as nervous as he was, it was a successful interview. (To see story, click here.)

Overall, Nick has obviously advanced and is making headway to complete his goals. When asked about how he feels about the progress he has made so far he described how he felt.

“I feel pretty darn good,” he said. “Two years ago, I never thought I’d be in a stage to play college golf.  I want to play college golf, and try to go pro.”

In the end, Nick is no ordinary golfer; he has worked hard to get where he is and does not plan to stop soon.

Go big or go home right?

He has a lot of support from friends and family, especially his dad. Many people believe that he could take this talent and go somewhere great with it.

Nick has a great future ahead of him and hey, you never know, he might be a regular on TV in the next few years.



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