Panama City Beach, FL-- To say the least, it has been a rather incredible couple of months for a local golfer!
I'm talking about Mosley alum and current FSU golfer Chase Seiffert.
"Just can't believe it.If you had told me I would be in this spot last year, I'd say you're crazy. It's been an awesome experience."
Chase is talking about a winning run that began with him claiming the title in the 2012 Sherman back in early May.
He then helped his FSU team make it to the NCAA Championships, where the Seminoles finished tied for 8th.
And he followed that up with a victory in the Florida State Amateur Championship at the end of June. I asked Chase to rank those experiences.
"The State Amateur is gonna be the first one,' says Chase "that's the biggest win of my career, easily. Such a strong field. And then I'd have to say the NCAA, just making it there with my team, it's such an awesome atmosphere. Having the school on your back, it was just a fun time. And just an adrenaline rush."
But when it comes to ranking those events in terms of pressure, he says without a doubt, it was the collegiate championship at Riviera in L.A.
"That's the most pressure I've ever played under, those last 9 holes of that fun run at Nationals. Because your whole team is on your back, and you don't want to mess up and everybody look at you like it's your fault. And it's just awesome. You're kind of nervous the whole week, and adrenaline. And it was valuable, you learn from it and I think we're gonna learn from it next year."
So Chase is certainly feeling the momentum, and hopes to carry it over into qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship later this month.
"That would be the biggest tournament I've ever played in, easily. And I could happen to play good in that, it would open some doors to bigger tournaments in the future. I'm as confident as I ever have been. It's great, I feel like I'm gonna play great every time I tee it up. And it's just an awesome feeling to have."
That shot at the US Amateur in a couple of weeks in Pensacola. Then it's back to Florida State for his senior year of college and his senior season of collegiate golf.