Tiger Tales is a weekly piece highlighting a DePauw student-athlete. Athletic-intern Adam Tierney conducts the interviews.
Josh Krutchik is a freshman on the men's golf team who has gotten off to a great start this season shooting a tournament-best 72 at the Katman Klassic.
He originates from Encino, Calif. and is a graduate of Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) High School.
Krutchik is currently thinking of double majoring in political science and communications. He also is a contributor to D3TV on The Source and is a writer for the Your Favorite Show. Krutchik hopes to be a screenwriter one day.
How would your friends and family describe you?
I'd say smart, hard-working, driven, caring or fun-loving.
What has been your most memorable athletic moment?
I think that it was my league championship my junior year of high school for golf. We played the first round in 35 mph winds. Everyone was getting blown all over the place. I was playing pretty good. I had a three shot lead into the last round and ended up winning by two. That jump started my junior career and gave me something to show college coaches that I was worth it.
What is one or two aspects of your training that are keys to your success?
I do a lot of training with swing tools, different rubber bands and weights to really make sure my swing stays consistent week to week instead of losing that consistency. When my swing is feeling good then I usually play a lot better. I have a tendency to get a little wild with my swing. That can frustrate me. The more tools I use to keep it in line the better it is. I also work on core because I have a bad back so the more my back feels good the better my swing and the better I swing, the better I play.
What is your strongest and weakest part of your game?
The strongest part of my game is my attitude and knowing that I don't have to hit it perfect every time. I take it as it comes. I don't get too mad or too happy out there. I kind of have an advantage over people that get a little emotional. I usually keep the ball in play pretty well so I normally don't take any big numbers from hitting it out or hitting into the hazard. I usually try to play smart. My weakest part is probably my distance. I don't hit it very far. I also am not the best ball striker, but I try to make that up with a scrappy short game and good putting.
What role has your coach/team played on your life at DePauw?
They've been a massive role in my experience at DePauw. Most of my free time is spent with the guys on the team. I've started a business with one of them, a couple of others have been helping me with teaching me the business world and others I just hang out with for fun because I love the guys on the team. Coach has been great too. He's been so helpful with getting me to where I need to be, to play how I know I can and keep me level-headed and consistent. They all have made my DePauw experience more fun.
Do you have any superstitions as a golfer?
Every golfer has their pre-shot routine so I always stick to that. I also keep one tee and one quarter in my pocket for marking the ball and teeing off. Some people like a lot in their pockets and I only like having the bare minimum in my pockets. I don't like having stuff in my pockets.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love playing guitar. I also started a clothing company this year called Laguna Shores. So most of my free time is dedicated towards that - designing, developing maintaining social media and the online site, taking pictures, getting models - it's a lot of work, but a lot of fun.
Do you have a favorite quote?
My favorite quote is, "You don't have a lot of talent on talent alone," from the movie Miracle. I love that movie. It's probably my favorite movie of all time. Since I'm not the most talented at golf, it just drives me where if I know I work harder then people, I know I'm going to win. I love that quote.
If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want?
I would probably want a computer with a hot spot so I can watch Netflix. I don't really need to contact anybody; I just want to have entertainment. I probably want a golf club and a golf ball. Besides that, maybe a pillow, so I can sleep a little comfier.
If there were one course you could play on Earth, which would it be?
Augusta National. I would love to play on that course. One of my life goals is to play there one day. The way it is set up and maintained, it's just so pristine. It hosts the Masters every year, which is the biggest golf tournament in the world. To play there and to win there signifies greatness. So to play there and be on the same holes as so many past champions and future champions, it would just be incredible.