It’s hard to believe that Adam Schwager has only been playing golf competitively for a couple of years. One of the seniors on this year’s Sandwich High School golf team, Schwager was a key member of a team that won the south championship and finished third at the all-state match.
The son of Lisa and Jerry Schwager, Adam is a high honor student at Sandwich High School. He said that his most-prized possession is his dog, Harper. He earned the Richie Bellis Award at SHS for being one of the top student-athletes in the school, and is also a member of the baseball and basketball teams. Adam also is in the Key Club and the National Honor Society.
“Superbad” is Adam’s favorite movie, and “Outer Banks” is his favorite TV show. He said that Lil Uzi and Lil Tjay are his favorite recording artists.
How did you get involved with golf? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?
I began playing golf in the summer of my sophomore year. I started playing because of my dad. I wasn’t really enjoying soccer at the time and I realized how golf can be a lifelong sport. Ever since I picked up the clubs, I loved the game and wanted to get better. As the years have gone on, I have picked up a larger role on our team and made a difference, though we have a lot of depth on our roster.
Your season just came to an end. How do you feel about how the season went for yourself, and the Knights?
Comparing this season to the past seasons that I’ve had, I am really happy about how I played. I opened the season with a plus-3 (39) at Duxbury, and though I never went that low again, I maintained an average of 43, which I am happy with. This season was great, with so many great golfers adding to our team’s success.
Golf can be just as much about your mental approach as the physical, if not more. What is your mental state like on the golf course, and how do you approach an important round?
I listen to music as I warm up before each round and from there, I focus. I will hit some balls at the driving range until I consistently hit them how I want to and then do the same for my putting stroke. On the golf course I try to focus on one shot at a time and if I do, I can piece together a good round by avoiding the high numbers. I only focus on the next shot and nothing else. I don’t think that there is another sport where the mental state is as important as it is in golf. Figuring out what club to hit, what distance, and then actually hitting it. I try to treat all rounds, no matter the importance, the same and use the same routine again and again to create a pattern.
The team just participated in the state tournament. The team came close to a championship, finishing third. Are you pleased with how the team performed, or is it frustrating coming so close without winning?
Although everyone was disappointed with our performance in the state championship, you have to think of the positives. We won the South Sectional and entered the State Tournament as the team to beat. As a team, we knew we should have won, but every team has their off days. The conditions were tough, and our scores weren’t where we wanted them to be, but we still put together a solid team effort. You cannot complain with 3rd place. It was also a great learning experience for everyone, but especially for the younger players who will have the opportunity to bounce back next year.
Every sport requires a certain set of skills that the layman may not know about. What is something about golf that is difficult to do that most people would not think about?
A lot of people will see golf as a sport that seems easy, but it really is super difficult. It takes a ton of practice and even after that, it still may not lead to improvements. Even if you practice on the driving range for hours and figure out your yardages, it doesn’t mean everything will click on the course. That’s why I think golf is so difficult. The wind may be blowing 20 mph in your face or the greens may be lightning quick. Not only must you figure out yardages and how to hit the ball straight, but as a player you have to learn how to adjust to different conditions.
You have gotten to play on many outstanding courses over the years. Do you have a favorite? What makes it stand out? What is the one course that would be your dream to play someday?
My favorite course to play was Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard. The views were incredible and the layout of the golf course was excellent. My dream course to play at would be TPC Sawgrass in Florida.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I am very consistent at everything that I do and you can always count on me when needed. I’m also a great teammate and like to keep things light.
Of all the games that you have ever played in is there one that stands out as the best? Why?
In a basketball game a couple years ago I remember playing Dennis Yarmouth and we went into 2OT. The varsity fans all showed up, assuming the JV game was over. I scored 10 points in the final minutes, and we won. I remember the student section going nuts, which was really exciting.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career would be shooting a plus-3 at Falmouth Country Club last season. That was the lowest I had ever shot in a match, and it helped our team win a close one on the road.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
I have played with many great teammates throughout the years in all sports. If I had to choose one, it would have to be James Murray. He and I played in the same group many times this year and he is just a great person to be around.
Is there a coach or mentor who has made a difference in your growth as a player, or as a person? What did they do to help you along the way?
Kelsy Beaton, my former Travel Basketball coach. Coach Beaton was one of the hardest coaches I had ever had. Practices were hard, and I felt that she would always be yelling at me. I realized that she was doing this to make me a better player and wanted to help me grow as an athlete.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I don’t have any sports-related superstitions and don’t really believe in them.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I have learned from playing sports is to enjoy the camaraderie and the friends you make.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? Why?
I would want the power to teleport because then I would be able to go wherever I want whenever I want. I could travel all around the world and I wouldn’t have to worry about buying a plane ticket or sitting in traffic.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for everything that they have done for me. From all the support they have given me to the time they have given up to allow me to do what I want to. Also to my sister Aubrie, who is extremely competitive and always gives me a good game in whatever sport we play.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The biggest difference would be my personality. As a freshman I was quiet and kept to myself but now I am very outgoing and like to do fun things. I feel like freshman year I was very focused on academics and though I still am now, I feel that I’m enjoying myself a lot more and trying to make the most of my last year of high school. My advice would be to enjoy every moment and while school is important, make sure to do extracurricular activities and enjoy life outside of school.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Though I may come off as a jokester, I can be serious as well. Also, I’m smarter than most people may think.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could switch places with someone for a week, I would choose professional golfer Bryson Dechambeau. He is one of the best players on the PGA Tour, and hits the ball farther than any other golfer. I would play a four-day PGA Tour event, hang out with other players on tour, party, and buy expensive meals all week.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect day would involve waking up and getting breakfast with my family. Then playing a round of golf with my dad. After that I would get lunch with my girlfriend, and hang out with her during the day. I would end the night hanging out with friends.
What are your post high school plans?
To go to a four-year college.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I hope to be successful, with a good job, good friends and a nice house.