Thursday April 19th, 2018
Each month the SwingThought TOUR will conduct an interview with a player to provide you a glimpse into the life of a player on the SwingThought TOUR. This month we interviewed Lipscomb University Alum, Stoney Crouch.
Q: At what age did you start playing golf, and at what age did you start getting competitive?
I got hurt playing baseball when I was about 11 so I picked up golf in my time away and fell in love with the game. It probably wasn’t more than a year when I started to play in tournaments.
Q: You played collegiality at Lipscomb, what made that program stick out compared to others?
We had a new coach with a new vision for the program along with some good players coming in so it wasn’t a difficult choice for me. It was also close to home and in Nashville so it kind of had the big city feel but the university itself was rather small which I didn’t mind because it was nice seeing familiar faces everyday.
Q: This is your first season on the SwingThought Tour, what has been the biggest adjustment going from College golf to Professional golf?
The biggest adjustment for me was being on your own. I haven’t been a professional for very long but I was real quick to realize that everything Is on you. You don’t have a coach planning everything out for you as far as tournaments and logistical stuff so you really have to be responsible and up to date with everything that’s going on.
Q: You were recently in contention at Black Bear and Harbor Hills, and you competed in the Valspar Pre-Q, what are some positives that you took away from those events?
I think it’s just that. Being in contention and getting those feels for what it’s like in the last round and last few holes. We may not be competing for millions of dollars but on every level everyone wants to win more than anything so being right there in a couple of tournaments was fun and something I can look back on in the future.
Q: When practicing, is there one part of your game that you find yourself working on more than another?
I really try to spend equal time with all aspects of my game. In reality, I probably spend a little more time than I would like beating balls on the range and not enough time working on short game. It hurts to say that because that’s where all the money is made but its the truth. I can beat balls all day.
Q: What kind of preparation and work goes into a tournament week?
Obviously, getting a feel for the course in the practice round. What to hit off each tee and placement around the course. I try to spend some quality time on the practice green after a practice round getting a feel for the speed of the greens which is the most important part of my preparation before a tournament.
Q: Throughout college and your professional career, what is your favorite course that you’ve ever played?
I’ve been fortunate enough to play in a couple US Ams so I have to put Olympia Fields and Oakland hills at the top of my list. Pinehurst #2 is also one of my favorite courses. I’ve been lucky enough to play it 6 or 7 times in a tournament. It may not be a“beautiful” course by today’s standards but its beautiful in its own unique way by all the changes they’ve made by taking all the rough out and replacing it with waste areas. There’s just no other place like it. Ocean Forest in Sea Island is also another special place. Extremely difficult but just an awesome golf course.
Q: What do you do in your free time when you are off the golf course?
Hanging out with family, friends, and girlfriend takes up most of time. I’m a die hard New Orleans Saints fan so when it’s football season I’m glued to what the saints are doing. WhoDat!!
Q: What is your favorite part of playing the SwingThought TOUR?
Honestly, the people who are running the tournaments try and make it as best as possible. There seems to be a very conscious effort in providing a quality 3 or 4 days on the golf course no matter what course it may be played on and what obstacles may get in the way such as weather and the golf course management.
Q: What is one thing you would say to anyone who is thinking of playing the SwingThought TOUR?
I’ve played in about 4 events now and don’t have a single issue to complain about. Like I mentioned, there’s a big effort in ST Tour in providing a quality tournament no matter the circumstances.
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