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Conners looking to add Green Jacket to #RedHats Collection

By Mitchell Machtinger, 04/08/19, 2:00PM EDT

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Listowel native competing in this weekend's Masters tournament

Corey Conners is one step closer to adding the legendary Green Jacket to his #RedHats.

The 27-year-old won the Valero Texas Open this past weekend for his first ever win on the PGA Tour and earned the last invitation to the Masters in the process. There, he becomes the lone Canadian representative in this year’s field while playing on golf’s most famous greens. It will be his second time competing at the tournament after missing the cut in 2015.

This is not to compare the two titles, being the best in the world over being the best in your province. But both awards symbolize an achievement that represents dedication to skill, hard work and dedication to the craft.

Before he joined Kent State’s golf program, Conners grew up in Minto and Listowel. There he played minor hockey and golf as a kid, winning an OMHA Championship with the Listowel Cyclones Midget B team in 2009. He remains a big fan of the sport and the Toronto Maple Leafs but understandably doesn’t play much anymore due to his ascension in the golfing ranks.

“I had a lot of passion for hockey and loved playing so much that it never really pushed me to stop playing. I enjoyed it and it works kind of nicely for an off-season for golf,” said Conners. “I was eventually training for golf in the winter but it was good to still be involved in something competitive. It was so much fun, I couldn’t really stop, and I played all the way up into university in the states.”

Conners credits his family for creating a competitive atmosphere. He has two sister (one of them is his twin) while his dad and uncles all played hockey. He says the highlight of his time in minor hockey was winning #RedHats with the Cyclones, posting 10 goals and 33 points in 45 games in his final season.

“I missed two games in the finals actually, I was away golfing for Team Ontario over that March Break. When I came back we won the last two games and won the title. It was pretty cool, not that I was the reason we won.”

Conners thinks he was around 12 years old when he began to dedicate more time towards golf. He won a provincial championship and nearly won a national tournament. Balancing the two spots helped keep each of them fun and taught him how to push himself and have a good work ethic.

“In my later years of minor hockey I worked really hard and I saw the rewards. I tried to get better every day and definitely have taken that into golf. It’s important to work hard all the time, there are a lot of guys trying to make it as golfers but hard work can give you a step up on some players. Being in pressure situations on the ice is also something I apply to my golf game. Feeling some nerves and being able to perform despite the nerves has helped me with my golf game and in life.”


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mitchell Machtinger is the Communications Coordinator at the OMHA. He's worked with various sport organizations and is an avid fan of all sports.

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