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Gosselin healthy and ready for 2011

Wes Gosselin
TaylorMade clubs and tailor-made health might put Wes Gosselin over the top to finally win a Class AAA golf state championship.

Despite winning the Region 2-AAA championship at Oak Ridge Country Club last fall, “At state I didn’t really play very well; all last spring and summer I had mono[nucleosis],” the Hardin Valley Academy rising senior said.

With an American Junior Golf Association national rank at 35th among all Class of 2012 golfers, Gosselin said he was diagnosed with mono in March 2010.

“Among all [amateur] players I think I’m 120th.”

However, in 2010, “I was pretty weak, so I wasn’t hitting the ball very far,” he added. “It wasn’t until probably last fall when I started actually feeling better and getting stronger. … I could only go to school for the first three weeks.”

That adversity “helped me, first of all, realize how much of a blessing it is just to be healthy,” Gosselin said. “It definitely helped me see the importance of the other parts of the game, short game and putting.

“Even though I was hitting the ball pretty poorly, I still had some good rounds just because of my short game and my putting,” he added. “The strongest part of my game’s always probably been my short game, chipping and putting.”

With lots of hours in the gym to get stronger, “I’m hitting the ball a lot farther … I’ve always been pretty flexible,” Gosselin said. “Probably about 40 to 50 yards. … My club-head speed and just my overall swing has improved just from being stronger.”

Having switched from the Callaway driver he used last season, Gosselin’s driver of choice now is TaylorMade.

“It’s a great driver … I’d heard a lot of good things about it, I hit it and I liked it a lot,” Gosselin said. “Probably about 10 [extra yards] with this driver.

“I play TaylorMade all the way through the bag except for wedges, my wedges are Cleveland … I’ve always played Cleveland wedges and that’s the best part of my game,” Gosselin added.

Gosselin’s ball brand also is TaylorMade. “They came out with that ball this year,” he said. “It’s a great ball. It’s a ball that still goes a good distance. It’s good for long shots, but around the greens it’s soft enough to where you can spin it a little bit and control it.”

Committed to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a future college golfer, Gosselin said he really likes Willow Creek Golf Club course, while Tennessee National in Loudon “is awesome, that’s a really fun place to play.”

Senior Hunter Arnold, losing in a region playoff to reach state last fall, return as No. 2 Hawks player. Freshman Graham Gosselin, Wes’ little brother, could be No. 3, said HVA head coach Shane Chambers.

Seniors Chase Steele and Tyler King, junior Tommy Cianciolo, sophomore Tyler Johnson and freshman Harris Dodson each look to contribute.


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