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Socia’s Cup of Tee

Kennedy Preston

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Throughout his high school years, junior Blake Socia has excelled in golf. He has been a member of the CHS Varsity golf team since his freshman year.

“I think I’ve gotten better at hitting the ball much more solid and a lot farther than I did freshman year,” Socia said. “I haven’t improved as much as I’ve wanted to, but I think if I start practicing hard like I have in the past it will help.”

During his freshman year at the golf state tournament, Socia qualified as an individual.

“When I qualified for state as a freshman I was so pumped,” Socia said. “That was my goal from the beginning of the year to get to Austin and I felt so accomplished once I finally conquered that goal.”

Socia has plans to play golf in college, but isn’t quite sure where he will be attending yet.

“I haven’t gotten any offers yet to play at the college level yet,” Blake Socia said.  “I am hoping I will improve enough within the next two years to go play for a big D1 school. If that doesn’t work out I will try to play for SFA.”

His team, sophomore Miller Harris, junior Callahan Baldree, and seniors Carson Barbe and Kason Davis, went in 2016 and Socia tied for 7th place as an individual.

“Nothing is better than competing at the state tournament,” Socia said. “There are so many good players there and it’s been an amazing experience to be able to make it to the grand finale of the season my first two years.”

Socia has had the opportunity to play on many golf courses and has experienced traveling to other places to play.  

“The coolest golf course I have played on is Kapalua, which is in Maui,” Socia said. “It [the golf course] sits right on top of the open water from almost every hole. Also, the pros play a tournament there at the beginning of every year so that’s pretty cool, too.”

Throughout Socia’s life his dad has been somebody that he looked up to and someone who has made a big influence in his life. Socia says his dad is the reason he started playing.

“My dad got me into golf when I was around 5 years old,” Socia said. “I started playing competitively when I was about 10 years old.”

Socia tries to practice everyday from the time school gets out until dark, as well as weekends too.

“My favorite thing about this sport is that when I’m on the golf course I feel so relaxed,” Socia said. “I enjoy how much practice it takes to play at the level I want to play at. I guess the grind to be a good golfer is what I like the most.”

Throughout Socia’s life his dad has been somebody that he looked up to and someone who has made a big influence in his life. Socia says his dad is the reason he started playing.

“My dad got me into golf when I was around 5 years old,” Socia said. “I started playing competitively when I was about 10 years old.”

Junior Blake Socia is hopeful of returning to the golf state tournament for the 3rd time in his high school career.

“My goal this year is to win the state championship,” Socia said. “After a strong second round that got me into a tie for 7th last year I feel like I can compete with the best of the best in Texas. I believe, with a lot of work, I am good enough to take the title this year!”

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Socia’s Cup of Tee