Maple Grove Teen Golfer Part of 3M Open Skills Competition
Seth Damsgard said he’ll spend as much time as he can this summer playing golf–or practicing.
“I’m just trying to all-around improve my consistency in the game,” said the 16-year-old home-schooled student, who plays for Osseo Senior High School’s team. “I can hit a good shot, but that’s only every once in a while, so I’m just going to play as much as I can and try to get consistent so I’m hitting good shots all the time.”
Seth first went to a driving range when he was 3. The first time he beat his dad in a round was at age 10.
“It really challenges me. I’m the only person who’s responsible for my own score on the course,” he said. “It’s really just me and the course and what I do. I think that’s really cool. I also really like the feeling when you hit a good golf shot, it’s probably the most rewarding thing ever.”
For as long as he can remember, Seth has helped volunteer at the 3M Open in Blaine. The annual PGA Tour stop is happening this weekend at TPC Twin Cities. Seth often holds the portable scoreboard.
“It’s really cool to see how they operate really close. The people I watch on TV every Sunday are now right in front of me,” Damsgard said. “Golf is something I try to be really good at it, and to see somebody in many ways perfect that is really fun and awesome.”
He’s also involved with First Tee Minnesota, which gets kids interested and involved in golf through a number of different clinics and tournaments. As part of that involvement, he was invited to be a part of the Compass Challenge skills competition on Wednesday at the 3M Open.
Each of the four teams included a PGA Tour player, a professional athlete, a golf influencer and a First Tee kid. Seth was on former Viking Kyle Rudolph’s team, alongside professional player Nick Hardy and social media star Claire Hogle.
“I’m mostly looking forward to interacting with all of these people that are going to be involved with it,” said Seth about a week before the competitions. “It’s going to be a really cool experience. I’m also looking forward to representing the First Tee, getting their name out there a little bit.”