Derrick Villarreal is the definition of an IJGA veteran. The eighteen year-old Wisconsin native has been playing the game since he was just eight and has been training at the IJGA since he was in the sixth grade. His game has improved in every aspect every year. This fall, however, it will be time for him to face his next challenge as he heads to Charleston Southern University.
Name: Derrick Villarreal
Graduation Year: 2015
Hometown: Hortland, Wisc.
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite TV show: Prison Break
Favorite pro golfer: Tiger Woods
Favorite non-golf athlete: LeBron James
Favorite movie: The Fast N’ The Furious
Q & A WITH VILLARREAL
How did you become interested in golf?
I always watched my dad and grandpa play and decided I wanted to play too.
Favorite golf memory?
Winning my first junior tournament the year I started playing.
Who would you say has had the biggest impact on your golf game?
My dad, definitely.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I just love hanging out with my friends.
Personality-wise, how do you think your friends would describe you?
I think they would say I’m creative.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Never give up.”
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you on the course?
I got a hole in one once, it was so crazy and exciting.
What aspect of your game have you seen the most improvement in this year?
This year my short game definitely improved.
Favorite course you’ve played on and why?
TPC Sawgrass, because it’s a PGA course and it’s really fun and challenging.
What are your goals for your future after the PGA?
I’d like to go pro and play on the PGA tour.
If you can give advice to other people considering the IJGA, what would it be?
Play more tournaments.
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