Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area's best high school competitors.
Editor's note: This week's AOTW was delayed because of the holiday.
Cumberland Valley golf has been on a tear to start the season, racking up an impressive record of 15-0 through the weekend. Some of that is thanks in part to senior Zach Wagner.
At Range End Golf Course on Aug. 28, Wagner shot 75 to finish second behind teammate Max Seeber (73) and help the Eagles to a first-place, 306-stroke finish. Then on Aug. 30 at Valley Green Golf Course, Wagner shot 71 to take first place and earn another Mid-Penn Commonwealth sweep for the Eagles (298), who have routinely placed three golfers in the individual top five this season.
Q: What's been the key for this team starting the season unbeaten and running away with nearly every match?
A: The biggest key to our success is that our team is really well bonded and even in the offseason we are practicing or playing together on a weekly basis. This makes us more competitive not only as individuals, but as a team, too. The more we play against each other the more we push each other. That's why I think our team is off to such a good start this season.
Q: What's your goal this year?
A: Personally, my goal is to make it to the second day of districts since that has been my biggest obstacle each year as an individual.
Q: Who's your favorite golfer and why?
A: My favorite golfer is Arnold Palmer because I like the way he displayed the sportsmanship of golf, plus he was one of the greatest to ever play the game.
Q: Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus? Why?
A: Tiger Woods for sure because in his prime he was incredible to watch and was unmatched on the course.
Q: What's the best shot you've ever made?
A: Last year in Mid-Penn's I was having a rough day and knew I had to make a par on my final hole at Dauphin Highlands No. 17 if I was going stand a chance to advance to districts. That was the most pressure I've ever felt and I hit it to about 15 feet on the 182-yard par-3. It was then I made the putt for birdie which put me at a final score of 82. Later I found out the cut was 82 and I advanced to districts in the last spot all because of that one shot.
Q: What's your favorite shot to go for?
A: My favorite shot to hit is when I have a longer iron in hand like a 7-iron from the fairway. That's definitely my favorite shot.
Q: Have you seen Charles Barkley golf? If you had one hour to coach him, what would you try and fix?
A: Unfortunately I have seen Charles Barkley play golf and if I could coach him for an hour I would try to help him with his tempo and focus on simply bringing the club back and through in one [fluid] motion with no pump fakes or pauses.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My mom inspires me most because she has an amazing work ethic and is always there for me when I need someone to talk to.
Q: What would be your dream job, if you could do anything in the world?
A: My dream job would be playing professional golf because what could be better than getting paid to do something you love?
Q: Any activities you like to do outside of golf?
A: In addition to golfing I like to ski, frisbee golf, play ultimate frisbee and go to Chick-fil-A.