Sophomore Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) won the Otter Invitational in Seaside on Oct. 17. He was outstanding throughout the event, finishing with a tournament-record 199, 17-under par en route to winning by seven strokes. It was the first individual victory for a Triton since 2015. With two top-five finishes to his credit this season, we caught up with Adam to discuss how he got started playing golf, what is was like growing up in Solana Beach and his hidden talent away from the golf course.
Q: How did it feel to win the Otter Invitational?
Adam: It was awesome, my first collegiate win. It was unreal. I’ve never experienced anything like it.
Q: How did you get into playing golf?
Adam: My dad showed me when I was about 7-years-old. He took me to the range and I just stuck with it ever since. (Playing) is frustrating at first, but you just come back to that one shot you hit the day before and keep on going.
Q: What do you like most about playing golf?
Adam: I love playing with my friends on the team. Hanging out on the golf course is very relaxing. Obviously shooting well makes it more attractive.
Q: What was it like growing up in Solana Beach and attending Torrey Pines High School?
Adam: It was awesome. (Solana Beach) has similar weather to UC San Diego, so I didn’t want to leave that. I could go out to Torrey Pines (golf course) and play there when I was younger. Playing at that prestigious course was amazing to do every day.
Q: What do you like most about attending UC San Diego?
Adam: Obviously the academics are incredible, it’s very challenging. I love the golf team. The people I’ve met through the golf team and at this school have been awesome.
Q: Favorite class in school?
Adam: Cognitive science.
Q: Was it tough choosing UC San Diego over your mom’s alma mater San Diego State?
Adam: Not really. My mom wasn’t too mad, she was pretty happy with the choice.
Q: Is it true you don’t have any social media?
Adam: My friends just started getting me into it. I have Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook now. But I’m not very active on any platform.
Q: I hear you’re a good ping-pong player. How did that start?
Adam: We had a ping-pong table at my house growing up and I always played. One of my buddies on the golf team is a huge ping-pong player too.
Q: If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
Adam: I’d go to Augusta, Ga. That’s where the Masters Tournament is, at Augusta National (Golf Club). I’d like to go play there.
Q: Prefer watersports or hiking?
Adam: Definitely watersports, I like wakeboarding. My family would go out to the Colorado River a lot in the summer. My uncle owned a boat and we would just go wakeboarding all day.
Q: Do you have a celebrity crush?
Adam: Selena Gomez is at the top of the list (laughs). She’s just so talented.
Q: Burger joint or taco shop?
Adam: Definitely tacos.
Q: Favorite athlete?
Adam: Phil Mickelson, just because he’s a local guy.
Q: Favorite music artists?
Adam: Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane.
Q: Favorite thing to watch?
Adam: Michigan football. My grandfather went to school there, so we’re die-hard Michigan fans.
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Q: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
Adam: It would be nice to get another individual win, help the team make it to regionals and hopefully win a national championship. We still have a little bit of work to do.
Q: What is your career goal after college?
Adam: Ideally I’d like to be a professional golfer. The stars would have to align for that, but it would be amazing to play pro golf.
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