Volume 92, Issue 16

Wednesday, September 30, 1998

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Ramesar was born to swing a golf club

By David Vernon
Gazette Staff

As many young and up-and-coming athletes can remember, the first few times they were exposed to sports was a mesmerizing experience which can only be attributed to their deep passion for the game today.

As Roberto Ramesar remembers, it was his father who showed him the game of golf and since then, Ramesar's obsession with the game has grown and flourished into the talent he now possesses.

However, it wasn't until Ramesar reached high school that golf really became a complete part of his life. "Playing at high school gave me the opportunity to play more tournaments and it gave me the experience that I needed to excel," Ramesar recalled.

Ramesar was named captain of his high school golf team and retained that respectable title for the remainder of his high school career. Ramesar later played at the provincial level and finally the national level, enjoying relative success prior to coming to Western.

The experience Ramesar gained from playing at high school and other tournaments were perhaps the most valuable lessons that he learned as a young golfer, as he aspired to play at the university level.

"I remember my first year when I called up Jim [Waite, Mustang coach] he said for me to come out and try and qualify," Ramesar said. "I was so nervous and intimidated by the other players but I just let my game carry me and I fired a great round."

Ramesar began to find his place playing golf at Western and quickly realized how tough the competition was from other schools and the high demands which were expected of him.

"Roberto was a strong golfer in his first year but he just lacked experience playing at this level," Waite said. "With his skill and talent there is no question about the kinds of success he will enjoy later on."

Waite's prediction is true in many respects, as Ramesar has already proven he can adapt and compete at the varsity level.

On Thursday, Western hosted a tournament at their home course at Sunningdale Golf Club. In two exciting rounds of golf, Ramesar shot a stellar 75 and 74, finishing the tournament at five over par which was good enough for third place.

"His irons and more specifically his long-iron play is what makes Roberto so good," Waite said.

Ramesar agreed. It was because of his iron play that he has been able to enjoy the success that has come to him as of late.

Unfortunately the game of golf is just not that simple. As any average golfer can attest there is always room for improvement.

When asked if he was surprised at Ramesar's third place finish, fellow teammate Matt Bryce was quick to defend his friend's talent and capabilities.

"Roberto is a really great guy and a super golfer. He's the type of guy that everyone can depend on."

Bryce also said it is Ramesar's golf management and know-how on the course that makes his teammate such a dangerous opponent to face.

Ramesar believes it is his putting that has most improved this season and has allowed him to win tournaments instead of finishing second or third.

Ramesar has been wise enough to realize this need and has taken extra practice every day to try and find the hole on the putting green.

As many would agree, Ramesar is not only playing well, he is a mature and composed golfer who is poised to consistently shoot low rounds. So it is not surprising that in the game of golf, which for the average Joe takes years to become bad at, Ramesar has proven this year that he is anything but average.

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