The Next Jack Nicklaus

Patrick Ales, Staff Writer

Coming off of his best season as a member of the Coral Gables Cavaliers Golf team, senior Max Rego felt that he could have done more. His drive to continue improving in a sport in which he is already captain shows Rego’s dedication to his craft. His goal at the beginning of the season, as it had been for the previous three years, was to qualify for the State competition. Rego came awfully close to this feat at Regionals, posting a season-best score of 79, only five shots away from a place at States. His role as the captain of the team has forced Rego to assume a position of leadership and to be an example for the other golfers.  His goal as one of the leaders is to ensure that the entire team performs at their highest level, all while maintaining a friendly and upbeat environment at practice and during meets.  

Rego does not limit himself to golf practice with the school team; he also spends countless hours on weekends practicing at his local golf course. He credits this extra work as a driving force behind his drastic improvement in his putting and short-range game. Rego has been enamored with the sport for many years, serving as its main advocate among his friends and classmates. Often the sole purveyor of golf related information to his friends, Rego hopes to increase the popularity of the sport.

Pullquote Photo

I think I definitely improved in certain areas this season, especially my driving accuracy.”

— Senior Max Rego

Have you played any other sports?

I have also played basketball since I was about eight, and I played for the Junior Varsity basketball team at Gables during my freshman and sophomore years.

How long have you been playing golf?

I’ve been playing golf for about 10 years, but I did not start taking it seriously until about 6 years ago, when I started playing in middle school.

Who is your favorite golfer, and why?

My favorite golfer is Tiger Woods, because he has changed the game so much in terms of athleticism and the excitement he brings to the PGA tour.

Do you plan on playing golf in college?

I am going to try to play club golf for a year or two in college, which is less competitive. I hope to improve my handicap during this time, so I can look into joining the college’s actual team.

How did you become interested in golf?

I became interested in the sport because my dad used to play and he took me onto the driving range a couple of times when I was a little kid.