Wayzata's Holmgren honed his short game close to home

  • Updated: April 22, 2014 - 8:17 PM

Wayzata senior golfer Jack Holmgren, one of the state’s top players and the defending Minnesota Jr. PGA champion, has a golf course for a back yard. Holmgren and brothers Will, a junior, and Van, at freshman, have a private pitch-and-putt course, complete with four greens, on their family’s property in Corcoran.

“We’re lucky that my dad was ambitious enough to build a green in our back yard,” Holmgren said. “Then he went out and built three more. They’re about 60, 70 yards apart.”

That’s where the Holmgrens developed their games.

“We grew up competing with each other in everything,’’ Jack said. “We came up with a ton of different up-and-down contests, hitting the ball from everywhere.”

Holmgren and his Wayzata teammates will play in the Tri-State Invitational, the biggest boys’ high school tournament of the season, Friday and Saturday at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park. Staff writer Jim Paulsen talked with Holmgren about his love for golf in a state where it’s a part-time pursuit.

 

Q: How did the name “Holmgren” become synonymous with golfing excellence?

A: My brothers and I are always outside playing. We love it. It helps that I was home-schooled until seventh grade, Will until sixth grade and Van until fourth grade. We arranged our schedules so we could get out on the course and set up contests.

 

Q: The past two springs must have been rough, waiting so long to get outside.

A: I never really enjoyed watching golf until this year. I’ve started watching it more because we’ve been cooped up. We’ve been terrorized by the weather.

 

Q: How did you keep your game in shape?

A: We’ve been indoors, practicing chipping and putting.

 

Q: Did you travel anywhere to get a chance to get out and play?

A: No, I’ve already signed with Iowa, so it wasn’t in the travel budget.

 

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