Nathan Chuwait – In The Spotlight
May 26, 2012 by DCM Junior Golf Staff
Scott King attended the 29th Annual Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament and got the opportunity to talk with Nathan Chuwait of Herndon, VA. Nathan won the Boys 14 and Under Division. You can read the wrap-up of the Tournament here.
Hi Nathan – congratulations on winning the 14 & under division of the Scotty Robertson…can you describe this victory in one word? Or one sentence?
Thank you very much! This victory was such a prestigious honor.
I saw you before the round and you seemed very relaxed…a lot more than your parents (ha) – did you have that “feeling” today that you were going to pull this off? Did either of your parents offer you any good advice before the round today?
I definitely felt good the entire week, ever since the practice round on Thursday. I felt pretty relaxed on Sunday, a lot more than my parents (laughing). I also really like the layout of this course and the way that it plays out. This golf course favors accuracy over distance. At the beginning of the final round I was one shot behind the leader and I felt like if I just played my game, I could get it done. I’ve been in this situation before and my parents told me to just stick to my game and take it one shot at a time. I knew if I did that, I would be able to win.
You got off to a great start Sunday, turning your front 9 at two-under. When did you feel that the tournament might be yours to win?
I started the back nine with a good par on 10, but a costly bogey on 11 put me back to one-under for the day. The next hole was a reachable par 5 that I had birdied the past 2 days. I was telling myself that if I could get a birdie on this hole, I would be in pretty good shape. I ended up hitting a solid drive down the middle and a great second shot that put me to about 15 feet for an eagle putt which I made. At that point I knew that I was in pretty good position.
I know you have played in some very big tournaments before and have won several other times…was this the biggest one so far?
This has definitely been one of my biggest victories so far because it allows me to compete in this tournament again next year in the older division.
What did you get for your “Champion’s dinner”?
Chicken Scampi from Olive Garden.
What’s next for you…what does your schedule look like for the summer? Does this win change your schedule or earn you any invitations to other big events?
I will be playing the VSGA Junior Match Play and the AJGA Open at Bethesda Country Club. Again, this win guarantees me a spot in next year’s Scott Robertson Memorial.
When your summer season is over – you start high school at Thomas Jefferson Science and Tech…how do you think the workload at TJ will affect how much you can practice and play during school? Also, you join your friend Julie Luo on TJ’s golf team…you two will be quite a one-two punch for several years. Do you think TJ can compete to make it to Regionals/States your first year?
I know that TJ will come with a lot of work. I will definitely need to manage my time in order to balance golf and school, but my first priority has always been school. Julie is one of my good friends and it will be great to play on the same team with her. I hope that my experience in golf will be an additional help to the TJ team so that we can make it to the next level.
Thanks Nathan – now the kind of fun, off-topic questions I want to ask so we can all get to know you a little better.
Where do you practice mostly? Do you have a “coach”?
I practice at 1757 Golf Club. My coach is Stephen Moskal (Top Golf) and I have been with him for 8 years.
What is your most played song on your iPod?
I don’t usually listen to a lot of music on my iPod, I just use it to play games (laughing).
What is your favorite food/meal?
My favorite food is Shrimp Scampi from the Cheesecake Factory.
Favorite movie so far? Favorite TV show?
My favorite movie so far is The Avengers and my favorite TV show is Feherty because I think he is hilarious.
What course would you like to play that you haven’t so far?
I would love to play at Augusta National.
Who is your favorite golfer? And, who would make up your “dream foursome”?
My favorite golfer is Tiger Woods. My “dream foursome” would be with Tiger, Rory, and my dad.
If you lost all of your clubs…which one would you miss the most?
I would definitely miss my putter the most.
Any superstitions yet? Do you mark your ball on the green with a special ball marker? What is your identifying mark on your golf ball?
I wouldn’t really call it a superstition, but I play the Pro V1 and I mark it with 2 green dots on the “i” and a green line on the Pro V1. My ball marker is a dollar coin.
Where would you like to attend college? Any idea of what you’d like to major in yet? Will you try to play professionally if things continue well?
I would love to attend Duke. I would like to be a dentist like my mom. If things continue to go well, I will definitely try to play professionally after I graduate from college.
Who gets more nervous when you play…you, your mom, or your dad?
Definitely my dad (laughing) but I love it when my parents watch me play. My parents have been with me to almost every tournament since the beginning.