Sewickley Academy athlete of the week: JF Aber
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 11:16 AM
School: Sewickley Academy
With three WPIAL team championships and one PIAA team title already under his belt, Sewickley Academy golfer JF Aber hopes his recent hot streak will propel him to individual accolades this fall.
Aber has shot even par in the Panthers’ last two matches against North Allegheny and Quake Valley to lead the team to a pair of wins.
Why do you enjoy golfing?
I didn’t start playing until sixth grade. My dad is a professional, and he helped me a lot along the way. I also love the satisfaction of shooting a good score. I love being near the top of the leaderboard and knowing I have to play well. It keeps me coming back every time.
How have you felt about your performances early in the season?
Really, early on I did have a rough start, and I was shooting a couple over par every time. I recently picked up my stride, and I’ve shot even par the last few matches. It’s definitely given me confidence heading into individual tournaments.
You finished sixth in the WPIAL and fifth in state last year. How would it feel to capture an individual championship after winning several team titles?
That’d be awesome. It’s probably my No. 1 goal at the moment. I know my friend Jason Li did it, so it’d be awesome to match him. I can’t think about that too much. I just need to trust myself, and I’ll be somewhere at the top of the leaderboard.
You’re surrounded by talented teammates. How much do they push you to get better?
They’re all amazing. Tim Fitzgerald and I always have contests. We always try to beat each other. That just helps us stay in the right mindset before a match. The whole team in general always pushes each other. I think the whole team is a huge reason why not only I am successful, but we’re all successful.
Where do you like to golf most?
I golf mostly at Allegheny Country Club where we play our home matches, but my favorite course is at Pinehurst No. 2. If I could golf there every day, I would. I’ve played there twice, and I’m mesmerized by how much it rewards a good shot. If you hit the green, you’re in a good position. If you’re off the green, you’re almost guaranteed to make bogey.
If you could spend a day golfing with any pro, who would it be?
Ricky Fowler is my favorite player, and he seems like a nice guy. He’s obviously great at golf, so I could probably learn a thing or two.