Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club
The GAP Junior Spotlight returns for 2015 and first up is Michael Reed-Price of Sunnybrook Golf Club. Last year Michael finished in a tie for tenth in the Harry Hammond Award Standings after rounds of 76 at Riverton CC (Junior Boys’ Championship), 72 and 78 at St. Davids GC (Christman Cup) and 77 at Sandy Run CC (Jock MacKenzie).
Hometown: Dresher, Pennsylvania
High School: I attend Upper Dublin High School and I am a junior.
Home Course: Sunnybrook Golf Club
Handicap Index: 0.0
Golf Instructor: Brian Farrell, an assistant pro at Sunnybrook, has been helping me with my game pretty much since I really got into golf around 7th grade.
Favorite course I have played: Through junior golf I’ve been very lucky to play on numerous great courses but my favorite is Sunnybrook. It’s always in great condition and I think it is a very fair test. People will disagree but I’ve never played faster greens than there when they get them going. They said they reached 14 3/4 on the stimp meter last year. Since they don’t really have a junior program the adults there have sort of taken me under their wing and I am friends with people much older than me that I can play with all the time.
Course you would most like to play that you haven’t yet: I’ve never played Pine Valley I think the reason I would love to play there is because I know so little about it it’s almost like a mystery. All everyone ever says to me about is how its the greatest course in the world but if I was thrown on the first tee I wouldn’t even have any idea what to expect. I know a couple Pine Valley members and I make it a priority to be extra nice to them, even if it means missing an important putt on the 18th hole once in a while.
Golfing highlight so far: Although going to the State Championship individually was awesome, making the State Team Championship was more special. Achievements in golf are hard to come by and they’re even more rare when you go with a team. I got to hang out with some of my best friends and compete for a State Championship with them.
Career Low Round: 68 (-3) I had just turned 15 (which makes it a little sad). I started off with three pars, made a hole in one, then made 14 more pars.
Holes in 1: I have 2, my first came when I was 13. I was about a 15 handicap and I hit an accidental fade with my over the top swing using a 3 hybrid on the 150 yd 15th hole at Sunnybrook. My second was when I was 15 on the fourth hole at Lulu Country Club. They were both complete luck but people find them really impressive so I laugh to myself whenever that’s the first thing someone asks me about golf.
Amount of time spent practicing during the week during the summer: My golf coach Brian wouldn’t be pleased with me for this but I don’t practice all that much over the summer. I usually work with my swing more in the offseason. I like playing golf too much that I usually hit balls for 20 minutes then go play something like 36 holes. This year I’m going to try to turn over a new leaf and work on my swing over the summer instead of seeing how many holes I can cram into 16 hours of daylight.
If I’m not on the course during the summer what would you find me doing: I caddy at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club on the weekends. On regular days probably goofing off with my friends. When they’re away I play piano and sing which drives my parents crazy.
If you could play golf with any three people who would they be and why: I would play with Bubba Watson because I would love to see the way he works the ball in real life, Barack Obama because spending an afternoon with him would be quite a treat, and BIll Murray because there is nothing better than laughing for 18 holes straight, especially if it’s with a legend like him.
What type of shot gives you the most trouble and why: That’s a tough one. At times they all give me trouble. I think the one that has consistently given me the most trouble is driving when there is out-of-bounds tight on one side. I tend to push it or pull it a long way in the other direction which usually isn’t much better.
Favorite tournament to play over the summer: Probably the Christman Cup. Since its 36 holes you get to interact with pretty much all of the best junior golfers in the area. I’ve met so many good kids over the years that even when I don’t play my best I still have just as much fun because of my friends who are also playing.
Tournament you’d most like to attend and why: I think the Phoenix Open would be pretty cool. I could bring my non-golfing friends to sit in the stadium on the 16th hole and we could hang out like a football game but watch golf for hours.
Favorite TV show: I am a huge fan of the Daily Show with John Stewart. I have a series recording and I watch it almost everyday after school. (It often cuts into my practice time.)
All time favorite movie: I really liked Elf the first time I saw it. I love Will Ferrell and his juvenile humor has always made me laugh.
Favorite person to follow on twitter: I’m not a huge twitter fan but I like to follow Uber Facts. That’s really lame but I think they’re really cool.