FORE!: Garrett Rasmussen Golf Interview
Dixon High is known as an athletic school. We have a reputation of being a competitive school, for the most part, in all sports. For Dixon, no one has qualified for Sections, or now known as Masters, in over 20 years. The last person to qualify was Tim Tipton. This year, Garrett Rasmussen has broken the chain. He has not only qualified for Masters but has advanced to the second round of playoffs. His next match will proceed on Monday May 16, 2011. He is going to be up against the top teams in the San Joaquin Valley area. After being ask how he felt about being the only one from Dixon to qualify this year and the first one in over twenty years to do so, he responded with, “I feel pretty honored to assume that position.” I think anyone would feel the same way. Before a match, Rasmussen does a series of activities to prepare himself. First, he arrives to the course and gets a few putts in. Then he relaxes until there is thirty minutes before the tee time. When there is thirty minutes before the tee time, Rasmussen goes out to the range and hits wedge, 9 iron, 6 iron, 3 iron, 3 wood and then a driver. After he is warmed up, he hits a few more putts until he feels comfortable with the speed of the greens. Then he mentally prepares himself for his upcoming opponent.
Garrett has been playing golf for seven years, but only four years competitively. He has played baseball as well, but since it is played during the same season as golf, he chose golf over baseball.
He has missed the cut by one shot during the first round of playoffs these past two years, so having passed the first round already he was extremely relieved. Rasmussen, to beat an opponent, doesn’t concentrate on what he [his opponent] does and only concentrates on himself and on his game.
Rasmussen plans on trying out for Cal Poly, where he will be attending college. If not, he will continue to play outside of school for the rest of his life.