Andrean senior Jack Musgrave was leaning on bag rack just outside the Sandy Pines clubhouse after last week’s Kankakee Valley Invite, relaxing, talking to family, friends and competitors.
Musgrave, who carded an 80, wasn’t satisfied with his score, but the talented golfer is confident in his abilities and knows where he’s headed.
“I’m happy about how I’ve been going,” he said. “I had a tough day (Saturday). Overall, it’s been moving in the right direction, both mentally and how kind of how I am on the course.”
Musgrave helped the Niners win the invite as teams are trying to find some firm ground in what had been a tough spring weather wise in the first month of the season. He’d like to build on last year’s success when he qualified for the regional as an individual.
“I’d like to take my team down to state,” said Musgrave, who plays No. 1 for the Niners. “I think we’ve got a good little team here. We’ve grown a lot.
“We’ve got me and Brendan (Mulshine) at the helm, seniors. Jacob (Thorsen) has really come into his own. We’ve got a couple juniors who have real potential.”
Golf has almost come natural for Musgrave, who took up the game at the age of 3.
“As soon as I could get a club in my hand, I’ve been playing,” he said.
Musgrave, a Chesterton resdient, started playing competitively at 7 or 8, and he’s never looked back. He’s played in numerous summer tournaments through the years and said he’s learned a lot from his dad, David.
“Growing up and playing with my dad in the summers was really a great experience,” he said.
Now, he’s following his brother, Patrick, to Georgetown University to continue his education and game. Patrick ran cross country and track for the Niners.
“I’ve talked to the golf coach there, and I have a roster spot, so I’m looking forward to that,” he said. “I’m really happy.”
What Musgrave has accomplished doesn’t surprise assistant coach Chris Skinner, who has him in his AP biology class.
“He’s a really, really bright kid,” Skinner said. “He’s done a lot of good things for Andrean with the (school) newspaper. Obviously, he’s had a good golf career. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.”
“I taught his brother as well. He’s very similar to his brother. His brother is doing good things at Georgetown, and I have no doubts that Jack is going to go along and do the same.”
Meanwhile, Musgrave would like to get the Niners and himself out of the crowded regional field to state. He’s a good ball striker but knows his has to improve his putting to get more birdies than bogeys. He knows it will take a better score than the 79 he shot last year at Lafayette.
“Individually, I’d like to just do the best I can,” he said. “Definitely, qualify for state and see what I can do down there.”