Mocs Golfer John Houk Posts Impressive Winning Resume
Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) The Mocs golf team is headed to the NCAA regionals next week.
John Houk has been a big part of UTC’s success this season.
The McMinn Central high school grad transferred to Chattanooga this fall, and it was kind of hard to ignore his winning resume.
John Houk started his college golf career at Tennessee Weslyan.
He was playing well, but his coach wanted him to play great.
Said Houk:”After my first win, I got a top five. My coach came up to me, and he said are you happy with your performance. I was like yeah. It’s a top five. I’m pretty happy with how I played. And he said you shouldn’t be. He said you’re good enough to win every tournament you play out here on this level. It changed my mindset. I think I won like four out of my next five tournaments.”
Houk won 8 of the 24 tournaments he played in on the NAIA level.
Said head coach Blaine Woodruff:”It’s hard to win. It doesn’t matter what event it is. What level it’s at. You’ve got to have something internal that’s special about you to win that many times.”
When Houk gets it going…good luck catching him.
Said Houk:”Shot a 59 at my home course. The course record. I’ve actually shot a couple of 59’s, but I think I’ve had 8 birdies in-a-row at one time, which is pretty cool. I’ve went to a couple of swing coaches in my life, but I haven’t gone to one in like five or six years just because I like to kind of figure things out on my own. Like when I’m on the golf course I just want to figure it out on my own, so when I get to a tournament, I can figure it out on my own in the tournament if I’m struggling.”
Houk has already figured out how to win on the D-One level for Chattanooga.
He was the individual champ at the Wofford Invitational.
Apparently Houk has an incredible competitive fire.
Said junior Garrett Engle:”He can go out and shoot 62, and he’ll still find five shots of the day that he hit not the way he wanted to. He’ll go work on it, and the next day he’ll come out. It’s not like oh yeah I shot a 62. I just need to hang on and win. It’s like I want to kill everybody by 15 more shots.”
Said Woodruff:”When he’s in that state. Basically when you look at him, it’s almost like you’re not even there. He kind of looks right through you. It’s almost like he could be having drool coming down his face. It’s like this blank stare where it’s like okay, John is in the zone right now.”