The EA sophomore finished in first place at the Bert Linton Inter-Ac Golf Championship Oct. 27, then five days later placed second in the PAISAA golf championship. Stetson is a first team All-State (PAISAA) and first team All Inter-Ac golfer, and posted a 38.4 scoring average for this fall season. Stetson is a three-sport athlete at Episcopal Academy (golf, squash, tennis). EA boys golf coach Doug Borgerson said, “Hunter is a tireless worker who absolutely loves the game. His greatest attribute as a golfer is his mental toughness; he never lets a bad break or shot linger.”
Q: What is your sharpest memory of the Inter-Ac golf championship? Tell us a little about the sudden-victory playoff for the title.
A: My best memory from that day was walking off the putting green after sinking the winning putt in the playoff. Everyone was coming up to me and giving me high fives and it just felt great. Going into the playoff I was a little nervous but I have been in the playoffs before and won all of them so I was confident in my game. I was just trying to put good swings out there in the playoff and I just played conservative and just made a crazy long putt that even I was not expecting to make.
Q: What part of your game do you consider strongest? What aspect of your game are you working on the most currently?
A: The best part of my game is definitely my tee shots. I’ve gained so much distance recently and have been able to consistently hit fairways. That has been what sets me apart from the field on tighter courses. I always feel that my short game needs work. Whenever I get that working, I am able to go very low.
Q: What do you think were the biggest keys to your second-place finish at the PAISAA golf championship?
A: My ball striking that day, specifically off the tee. I hit 85 percent of the greens and a lot of fairways. Unfortunately, my putting was not great, which kept me from contending for first place.
Q: What originally sparked your interest in golf? What golf mentors have been particularly influential to you?
A: I was born in Vermont and I had plastic clubs at the age of 2 and got real clubs at 3. My dad was the one who brought me into golf and he has helped me pursue my dreams.
Q: What is your favorite club and why (can you give specs)? What is your favorite golf ball and why?
A: My driver is a Titleist TSi2, with a Tensei stiff shaft and a Golf Pride grip. My favorite ball is Titleist ProV1 because I can hit the shots I want with it along with controlling my spin and height.
Q: What is your favorite hole at your home course (Arominink) and why? What is your favorite golf course and why?
A: I love the fifth hole at Aronimink. It is a short downhill par 3 that always gives you a chance at a hole in one, so every time I play it, I always try to make one. My favorite course is Teeth of the Dog in Casa de Campo. It has beautiful views with fast greens and I would never get tired of playing it.
Q: Who is your favorite golfer and why?
A: My favorite golfer is Bryson Dechambeau because he is a good guy and has changed the game in his own way. Many doubt him but he constantly proves them wrong and I think that is a great example of what I try to do.
Q: What is your favorite academic course at Episcopal Academy? What do you think you might like to major in at college? Is there a career field that particularly interests you at this time?
A: I love History because I always find it cool to learn about the past and it is the most interesting subject to me. I also enjoy math. I might major in finance or business but I would also love to try and be a teaching pro or golf coach if pro golf is not an option.
Fun facts – Hunter Stetson
Favorite book: The Miracle at St. Andrews.
Favorite TV show: The Flash.
Favorite movie: Wolf of Wall Street.
Favorite athlete: Bryson Dechambeau.
Favorite pre-round pump-up song: Love Sosa.
Favorite team: Denver Broncos.
Favorite place to visit: Burlington, Vt. (my hometown).
Favorite pre-round meal: Gatorade Chews and Protein Bars.
Person I most admire, and why: “Tiger Woods because he has come from low points and constantly bounces back. He has learned from his mistakes and became a great guy and that is what I strive to do.’
Family members: parents David and Samantha, sister Hadley.
(To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by his coach.)
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