Westlake has made a name for himself at Winona State, where he will be a captain of the golf team next season.

Isaac Westlake - Sophomore golfer at Winona State University

Team captain for next season

CHS Class of 2016

Major – Business Finance (may add legal studies or business law)

Career Hopes – Unsure, but considering graduate school

Other CHS Sports - Football, Soccer and Basketball

How did you decide to play golf collegiately?

    I like the team aspect of golf, but also that it’s individual. You also get to travel quite a bit and play different course. It was also the sport I was the best at and liked the most.

What other schools were you considering?

    I had some other offers mostly schools in the NSIC. I tried to go to a couple of the campuses, but it didn’t work out. I like the weather at Winona State, it’s really beautiful down here and it just worked out that way in the end.

What was your biggest accomplishment in high school sports?

    I was All-State in golf for my junior and senior years.  I also qualified for state my junior and senior years and I took top 20 both times.

What is your biggest accomplishment in collegiate sports?

    I took third place this year at the Ronnie Eastman Invitational in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I putted pretty well and I was striking the ball good and feeling the course.

Who was your favorite coach in high school?   

    [Kofoed] was my favorite. We just clicked. We disagreed on some things, but we reciprocated pretty well.

What did Coach Kofoed do or say that has stuck with you?

    He helped me with the mental side of it. Things like getting back into play without making a huge number. He would always say, “Oh brother.” I think about that sometimes when I make a big number. He taught that it was a simple game if you hit the fairway, the green and two putt every time.

What is a big difference between playing in high school and playing in college?

    In high school, you can be the best in your area and in college, you could show up and be one of the worst. The course is lengthened and it just gets harder. In high school, you wanted to win, but in college you got to win. You got to show up ready to play instead of having fun. When you play bad in college, you feel it more.

What surprised you at your first college practice?

    Everyone was just as good as me or better. Our team is very competitive. We’re pretty good and deep and you have to be playing good to play here.

How do you handle the pressure of playing collegiately?

    You got to work harder and basically outwork anyone on your team to keep playing. If you have a bad day, you better be on the range or putting. I knew it was going to be like this, but I knew right away I had to play better and practice harder.

What is your daily routine while in season?

    I wake up around 6:30 to 7 a.m. to either study for a test or wrap up any remaining homework I need to have done for the day. Then after I am finished, I go to class, which goes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays or 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As soon as I am done with class, I get a quick bite to eat and head to the golf course to practice and/or play for roughly around 4-6 hours per day. After I am finished practicing and/or playing, which is roughly around 6 to 7 p.m., I go back to my apartment, eat some food, finish my homework or study for tests. Then go to bed around 10 to 11 p.m. Then repeat.

What is your trick to keep up with classwork and stay consistent in your game?

    I have to have a pretty good time management. I go to class and then directly after class, I go to practice and then it’s right back to school. You have to have to be motivated to succeed in both.

Does playing a sport help you manage your time?

    I think if I didn’t play, I’d procrastinate more. Because right now, I don’t have time to procrastinate at all. I need to be locked in for whatever I’m doing.

What do you miss about playing in Crookston?

    I liked our section and a lot of the guys. I play with some of them in college still. I miss the courses too.
Isaac Westlake - Sophomore golfer at Winona State University

Team captain for next season

CHS Class of 2016

Major – Business Finance (may add legal studies or business law)

Career Hopes – Unsure, but considering graduate school

Other CHS Sports - Football, Soccer and Basketball

How has playing collegiately helped you prepare for life after school and sports?

    I’ve learned a lot about time balancing and knowing when to get stuff done.

How do you plan to stay around the game after college?

    I’m sure I’ll play in tournaments forever.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about playing a sport in college?

    I’d tell them that they need to be mentally prepared and really like the sport. There’s an opportunity cost for playing a sport. You have to dedicate a lot of time and have your mind set on it.

Will you be mentally ready when you reach the end of your career?

    I don't really think I will be ready to be done. I have had so many good memories traveling around, playing a ton of courses with some of my good friends and it will be very different when I can't play on a team anymore.