For The Tribune
Jonathan Pearce said being a volleyball manager at Crothersville was an enjoyable experience, so he decided he wanted to join a team and compete for the Tigers.
He chose golf and is in his first season teeing it up for the Tigers.
“Golf is a very good sport to know,” he said. “You can play it all your life. It’s good to know for business. A lot of business deals happen on the golf course.”
Fellow teammate Tyler Luedeman talked Pearce into coming out for the team.
“There’s a lot of walking,” Pearce said. “It’s pretty fun. It’s difficult, it’s fun, and I’m glad I’m part of the team. We get to hang out quite a bit and do a lot of talking.
“One thing I really need to work on is driving. I can hit it far, but not always in the fairway. My iron play is a little better than my driving. I’m probably better at putting than at anything else.”
Pearce said he needs to learn the correct irons to use on his approach shots to the green. On his chipping he said he needs to work on being able to place the ball below the hole.
“I’d like to improve in all areas and just try to be the best golfer I can be,” he said. “After golf season is over I’d like to continue working on my game,” Pearce said.
With the ever changing elements, Pearce has learned to play in all types of weather.
“The wind sure does make things difficult,” he said. “I adjust my stance and if the wind is blowing a certain way I’ll move my feet a certain way so I can go with the wind. Practice is very important.”
Pearce said during volleyball season he kept statistics some matches and other nights he did the videotaping.
“We spent a lot of time together and we ended up being like a family,” he said. “It was very fun. I could never fall asleep on the bus because I didn’t trust them from pranking me.”
Pearce said you have to have a positive outlook in any sports you participate in.
“If you let fear control you, you’re not going to do your best, so you have to make sure you push it aside and do what you need to do,” he said.
Name: Jonathan Pearce
Parents: Jon and Michele Pearce
Siblings: Madeline, Joseph
Sports: Golf, one year; volleyball manager, three years
Organizations: President of National Honor Society, student council, academic team
Plans after high school: Attend Indiana University Southeast, study criminology and criminal justice
Favorite food: Mexican food
Favorite TV show: “Chuck”
Favorite singer: Matthew West
Favorite movie: “Batman vs. Superman, Dawn of Justice”
Favorite athlete: Stephen Curry
Q: What’s it like attending CHS?
A: “Everybody knows everybody. It’s kind of like a family. I’ve grown up with everybody in my class. I know them and they know me. It’s fun, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Q: Favorite golf course?
A: “I really enjoy (Westwood at Scottsburg). I really look forward to the matches. There is one hole where you have to hit over a hill, over water. It’s a hard hole.”
Q: Goals for this golf season?
A: “I sure would like to (shoot in the 40s). I’m not the best player, but I’m going to work at it.”