“It was a really fund experience,” he said. “It was definitely a little nerve racking because I had never been there before. It was a good experience and I think it’ll help my golf career.”
A career which Pae hopes to continue as a walk-on at Cleveland State University next year.
Pae said his parents were key in his development as a player.
“My dad (Bill) was very supportive,” he said. “I don’t come from a very wealthy family and he helped out a lot with paying for my membership and stuff. My mom (Vicki) was very supportive giving me money for equipment and things I needed. They just wanted me to do the best that I could. They are very loving parents.”
The prospect of continuing his golf career following high school was something Pae admitted he hadn’t thought of much when he entered high school.
“I didn’t, not at all,” he said. “I never saw myself playing college golf. I just loved playing the game since I was about 8 years old.”
As a potential walk on Pae said he doesn’t have any expectations for how it will go next season, but knows what he needs to do to get there.
“I definitely need to improve my putting and get my mental game better,” he said. “This year, I was mentally focused a lot more and I think that’s part of why I was so successful.”
Peluso is a sports writer for the Star Beacon. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.