By Eric Sisson, Chattanooga, Tenn.,–Wes Gosselin grew up watching his older brother and father play golf, and playing the game with them while young helped develop the love Gosselin has for the game now.
“My dad and older brother always played golf,” Gosselin said. “When you have an older brother you just want to do whatever they want to do. Just watching them two play was really the main thing that got me going.”
Gosselin, a redshirt junior out of Knoxville, started playing golf competitively around the age of 12, and it eventually took over as his favorite sport.
“I actually played baseball,” Gosselin said. “That was my first love if you will. I was 11 or 12 when I started playing golf. That is when I started just playing golf.”
Gosselin’s love for the outdoors and laid-back attitude really drew him to the game of golf. Being able to see all of the courses and enjoying the peacefulness golf brings when on the course steered Gosselin into having a successful career.
“It was just really fun for me,” Gosselin said. “It was relaxing, I enjoyed playing, and it was never overly stressful. Football and baseball, I love those sports, but golf is just a little different.”
Many young kids start a sport and have aspirations of playing at the collegiate or professional level, but not all make it. Some realize at a particular time if they do or do not have the ability to do so.
This was no different for Gosselin, but he realized he did, in fact, have the ability to become pretty good at the game he loved.
“I have always been a pretty hard worker,” Gosselin said. “I played well and won three or four tournaments my first year playing, but my freshman or sophomore year of high school I was one of the better players on the team, and I guess that is when I started having college aspirations.”
With still a couple of seasons left to finish out what has turned out to be a stellar college career, Gosselin is already planning ahead trying to continue to develop his game to one day play professionally.
“I definitely want to try and play professionally,” Gosselin said. “Like any professional sport, it is not easy. It will take a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but that is definitely something I am going to pursue barring any setbacks. I have to keep getting better, but I don’t see any reason why I couldn’t keep doing that.”
When Gosselin’s golfing days come to an end, whether that be after college or after a long and successful professional career, he plans to do something with sports psychology but has multiple options as he is working towards earning two degrees – one in exercise science and the other in psychology.