ORONO – It’s pretty hard to replicate a pressure situation in golf, but Holden resident, Drew Powell, is trying.
“Kevin Streelman passed along a great message about practice, he’s like ‘when I was practicing I tried to make it as hard as I could on myself whether it would be drills or just try to put yourself in as much pressure as possible’ which he said when he gets into competition it seems almost easier,” Powell, a Duke men’s golfer, said.
Through zoom calls with his team, Powell is gaining advice from Streelman, a Duke alum and current PGA Tour player.
While Powell looks for ways to challenge himself, he’s also looking for repetition. He linked up with a coach in Georgia to help him with his body rotation and kick some old habits. Now he’s starting to see some results right before the Maine Amateur in early July.
“I’m starting to get comfortable with it to where I’m not really thinking about it so hopefully I’ve got a couple tournaments leading up to it that I can shake if there is any competitive rust off I’m sure there might be a little,” Powell added.
The last few years Powell has been in the mix. Along with last year’s winner, Cole Anderson and Mt. Ararat grad, Caleb Manuel they form a talented triumvirate.
“At least for me I feed off them (Anderson and Manuel) and you know when they’re playing well I want to play well and it sort of drives me to work harder and play better and it’s really good to have such competitive guys to play against,” Powell said.
First round of the Maine Amateur is set for July 7 at Biddeford-Saco Country Club.