Prep Spotlight: Hayes Mahoney
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Hayes Mahoney’s reputation reached his new high school before he did. Mahoney’s skills on the golf course have provided excitement in the Rose golf program prior to his arrival this school year as a freshman. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Mahoney about his expectations for his time at Rose and what it will be like playing alongside his friends.
Q: So how did you get started in golf?
A: “My dad took me to Bradford Creek when I was seven or eight. I started playing in PGA Jr. League events and really enjoyed it, then I began getting lessons when I was nine. After that, I was playing in bigger tournaments by the time I was 11.”
Q: Did you ever have a moment when you realized you may have had more skill than others you were paying with or against?
A: I never really thought I was better than anybody. I just practiced a lot more, almost every day when I was about 12 or 13. So I think that the practice really helped.”
Q: What are your expectations for the golf program at Rose?
A: “I think I’m prepared. I spent two years at Parrott Academy and was on their varsity team, and I think that helped me a lot. I‘m not focusing on my individual game, I’m focusing on the team as a whole. There are a lot of great teams in this conference. Overall, I think our goal is to go out there and win a conference championship.”
Q: Once you arrive at Rose you will be playing with a couple of your good friends in Carter Rains and Davis Fisher. What is it going to be like having those guys as your teammates?
A: “I’ve been playing with Davis and Carter since I started playing golf. No one works harder than those two. I think its gonna be fun. I know that Carter and Davis will have their starting spots, because only so many can go and compete each time. So it’s going to be competitive among us younger guys for one of those last spots.”
Q: What is your favorite club in your golf bag?
A: “It’s gotta be my driver. I hit it pretty far off the tee, so that is for sure my favorite.”
Q: Would you consider driving the strong point of your game? Also, what would you say is a weakness in your game?
A: Driving is my biggest strength for sure, just hitting it straight down the fairway. For my weakness I’d probably say chipping and putting. I can get the ball down the course, but sometimes I have some struggles getting up onto the green.
Q: Who is your favorite golfer on the PGA tour right now?
A: “Definitely Harold Varner III. He’s an ECU guy, and he’s been doing really well lately, so I really like him.”
Q: What has your family been like over the course of your time playing golf?
A: “I’m the first one in my family to play golf, so it’s been challenging, but they have been with me the entire time. I’ve also worked with pro Mike Cato, and he has been a huge help to my game.”
Q: What advice would you give to new golfers?
A: “I’d tell them to work on their putting because that is where you really score.”
Contact Jake Keator at firstname.lastname@example.org, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.