Teddy Tetak, from Slovakia, dreams of being a professional golfer but he knows he needs to play college golf to really test his game. Tetak is one step closer to his dream coming true as he committed to play on the men’s golf team at the University of South Carolina on Monday, November 13, 2017 during the fall signing period.
“South Carolina is one of the best options I could have picked,” said Tetak. “It’s an honor to be picked by South Carolina and have the opportunity to play for a top school. I love the area and the coaches. It has that college town feeling. I can’t want to get started.”
Tetak is well versed in being a student-athlete and has juggled the rigors for years. Balancing academics and athletics is hard, and at BGGA students are aided in the process.
“Being a good golfer is 50 percent of the battle,” said Tetak. “You have to be as good of a student as you are an athlete. If you’re not a good student, you’re not going to be able to play golf. Balancing that is very important.”
Tetak came to BGGA a little over a year ago to make changes in his game and he credits BGGA for the great strides he’s made on the mental side of his game.
“My game has changed tremendously, especially the mental aspect of my game,” said Tetak. “I’m like a new person. I’ve learned to stay patient, deal with pressure and different situations. Having Coach Zach on my bag this summer at the U.S. Junior was a huge step toward me becoming a good golfer. Having a person like him on the bag makes you more confident.”
Golf is a game that Tetak started playing with his father when he was just six years old. And it’s a game that will take him to great heights and challenge him in the future.
“I want to play against the best amateurs in the world,” said Tetak. “The schedule that South Carolina has next year is going to be very tough. If I can qualify in any of those tournaments, I will be honored. To test game against the best college players will show me what I have to work on.”
Golf is a sport Tetak loves because “every day is different and every shot is different.” With Tetak heading off to play college golf next fall, his love for the game will only grow.