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MOUNT VERNON — One practice swing and then he lines up his shot. Another practice swing and he addresses the ball. He takes a short back swing, then makes contact with the ball and ground. The tiny white ball skies into the air and looks as if it won’t come down. The ball sticks about 15 feet from the hole.
A perfect placement from the veteran.
Drew Wolfe loves the game of golf.
Wolfe spends hours perfecting his game at Kernoustie Golf Course. Some days in the summer he gets there while the sun is rising and he leaves as it begins to set.
Wolfe is never satisfied with his game. There always is something he can work on to improve. The key to golf is consistency and that is what Wolfe tries to maintain.
Wolfe has worked his way up the ladder during his four-year career at Mount Vernon. He has consistently gotten higher in the rankings and this year is the No. 1 player for the Mustangs. Wolfe has been to the state golf meet freshman, sophomore and junior year, and is looking to make another appearance this year.
Wolfe has many goals this season, but one stands out more than the other — he wants to place in the top 10 at state. Last year, he placed 16th.
Wolfe’s best round this year in practice is a 33, only a few shots off the Kernoustie course record.
Wolfe has been playing at the local course since he was little and knows the course better than some people know their own homes.
One of Wolfe’s favorite memories at the Mount Vernon course is a hole in one.
“It is something I will never forget,” he said. “Hopefully I will have more hole-in-ones in the future, but I am very proud that I got one before high school even started.”
When Wolfe was in 8th grade, he hit the memorable shot on the par-3, 176-yard ninth hole.
Golf can be hard to play sometimes in Iowa. The weather only permits golfers to play in certain months throughout the year. Wolfe knew he needed to get stronger during the offseason so he could get more distance on his drives. So he spent countless hours in the weight room, working on his strength and staying in shape for the upcoming season.
He also went to indoor facilities in Cedar Rapids to hit and work on his game. Wolfe sharpened up his swing and got into the groove for his final season.
Wolfe plans to attend Creighton in the fall, but golf still isn’t out of the picture. He may not be on the golf team, but he plans on playing golf for the rest of his life.