Meth competes at the 2015 Masters!
Balancing school, life and your career can be difficult, especially when you are an athlete working to go pro. The strain of school and training can be hard sometimes, but it pays off when you get the chance to prove your skills.
One of our own from University of the Pacific has participated in the golf tournament of a lifetime: the Masters.
Byron Meth ’15, a senior studying business finance with a minor in economics, successfully completed two of the four rounds in last weekend’s tournament.
To hear how he feels about his success and what’s next for the amateur golfer, I talked with Byron Meth to gain his perspective:
Allison: What did you do to prepare for the tournament?
Byron: I have known that I was playing in the Masters unofficially since last July, when I won the 2014 USGA Public Links; officially, since December of last year. Because of this, I knew, based off prior knowledge of Augusta National from watching the Masters for my entire life, what sort of shots I would need to be able to hit.
I changed my driver in order to hit it higher and be able to hit a draw (turn the ball right to left). The main preparation I did was mentally. The Masters is one of the biggest stages in golf; it is up there with the other three majors and the Ryder Cup.
I really focused on visualization and staying in the moment. I played five holes with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy on Monday and he told me to keep it simple and play confident. Overall, preparation was mostly mental, ensuring myself that I had the best opportunity to be composed out there and have fun.
A: What it was like golfing at the Masters?
B: Playing in the Masters was so much fun! It was the experience of a lifetime, and it is a goal of mine to go back. Between the people I met and the nerves I felt out there, I feel like I have become a better person and a better golfer because of this week. It was literally a dream come true.
A: What did you learn from this opportunity?
B: I learned what it takes to make it on tour. I figured I had a pretty good idea, but talking to the best players in the world helped me get a grasp of what I need to improve on to make it out there and stay out there. I also learned that I am not that far off. Mechanically, I need to put on some weight in the gym and hit my long irons (4&5) higher in order to be able to play long par 4s more aggressively.
A: How did this experience change you as a person and/or a golfer?
B: This experience allowed me to continue to believe in myself, and it has and will continue to push me toward my goal of becoming one of the best players in the world.
A: How do you balance school, life and your sports career?
B: Our former coach, Brandon Goethals, always said, “You have three things in college: School, Life and Golf. You can be great at two of them or mediocre at all three.” I took that as a challenge and committed myself to succeeding at all three.
It is extremely difficult at times but is also very rewarding more times than not. It takes time management, hard work and sacrifices. My first two years here, I tried to do everything 100 percent and it wore me out. I sat down and figured out that if I set obtainable goals, I will be happier and will see more success than failure.
A: What is your plan after you graduate?
B: I will stay amateur this summer to participate in several of the world’s best amateur events, and then I will turn pro and try to play my way on to the PGA Tour.
Meth’s next challenge was the West Coast Conference Championship, which he competed in this week. He is the reigning individual champion and looked to go for a repeat! Final results of the tournament were not released in time for printing.