Zach Hansen’s golf journey


Zach Hansen

Breath, aim, swing: Senior Zach Hansen at snohomish driving range. Zach perfects his swing at the driving range.

Prepare to be inspired by the incredible journey of senior Zach Hansen, a student-athlete who has left an indelible mark on the world of golf. With unwavering determination and a passion for excellence, Hansen’s story is one of triumph, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories.

“Golf, hands down, is my true sporting love,” Hansen said.

Having made the bold decision to step away from football and focus solely on his golf career, Hansen’s dedication to the game shines through in every swing.

“There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you strike the ball absolutely perfect and watch it soar, landing just 3 feet away from the pin from a whopping 150 yards out. It’s an exhilaration that only golf can deliver,” Hansen said.

Before the magic of each game unfolds, Hansen has a ritual that fuels his competitive spirit.

“Picture this: a Snickers bar, the ultimate pre-game snack. And sometimes, if I’m feeling particularly adventurous, I’ll pair it with a peach Red Bull for that extra burst of energy. Though most of the time, I stick to water to keep myself hydrated and focused,” Hansen said.

Hansen’s journey in competitive golf has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the span of four years, he has fearlessly embraced the challenges and triumphs that come with the sport.

“Tournaments have become the fabric of my summer days, and the fruits of my labor have been sweet. I proudly boast two first-place awards and a handful of top-five finishes. But my hunger doesn’t stop there. This year, I’m setting my sights on the state-level competition, determined to secure a top-five finish,” Hansen said.

Beyond the trophies and accolades, Zach treasures the memories he’s made along the way.

“It’s not just about the game itself. It’s the laughter, the camaraderie, and the joy of spending time with my family and friends on the course that truly make my heart sing,” Hansen said.

Hansen fondly recalled a day at Skagit Country Club, “Playing alongside my good friends Luke, Hugo, and Henry, we shared laughter, friendly banter, and unforgettable shots. Those moments, etched in my mind, embody the essence of what makes sports truly magical.”

Hansen’s impact extends far beyond his exceptional golf skills.

“Zach’s unwavering commitment to our team’s success is truly remarkable. He’s the pillar of support, always encouraging us to persevere, even after a tough loss or a disappointing round. And his genuine kindness extends beyond the game. He cares deeply for each one of us, and his positive presence is simply infectious,” sophomore and teammate Luke Armstrong said.

Hansen’s exceptional athletic abilities, unwavering support for his teammates, and amiable personality make him an undeniable contender for the prestigious Athlete of the Month recognition. His unwavering dedication to golf, his selflessness in lifting others, and his remarkable sportsmanship both on and off the course exemplify the qualities of a true champion. With every swing, Zach leaves an indelible impression that speaks volumes about his passion, his skill, and his unwavering Viking spirit.