Golfer, Healey earns Athlete of the Month


Michael Tran, Health and Fitness Reporter


CSUSM golfer Dylan Healey led his team during March with impressive performances at the Lamkin San Diego Classic and the Cal Baptist Invite, and now proudly represents the golf team as Athlete of the Month.

“I want to get golf and our team on the map. I’m so happy that I got to be the one that represents golf,” Healey said of his recent award that reflects the fifth place and sixth place finish at the last two tournaments.

Healey is no stranger to the spotlight. On March 13 and 14, he tied for fifth place at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic, an NCAA Division I Tournament.

“I’ve been playing for a long time. I’ve done a lot of tournaments all around the country. It all helps. It’s helped me ease the nerves when I go out there,” Healey said.

During the 2014-2015 season, Healey won the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship. Last season, he received the honor of NAIA First Team All-American and set a school record of a 72.53 scoring average in 34 rounds.

“[Playing golf] is my dream, but I tell myself that it’s not just a dream, it’s my reality. This is what I’m going to do. I’m not going to sell myself short in anyway,” Healey said.

The confidence that Healey has does not go unnoticed. Head Men’s Golf Coach Greg Hutton has noted his positive attitude.

“He believes he’s going to win every tournament he plays. It’s the self-attitude. He’s got the attitude to win. He believes it and that’s big,” Hutton said.

Healey doesn’t lean only on himself, but relies heavily on his teammates and coaches.  

“My teammates have also supported me and the team aspect helps. Typically, golf is an individual sport, so I really enjoy being on a team,” Healey said.

“[Coach Hutton] challenges me. He knows what I want to do with my future and golf. We’ve laid down my goals clearly and he pushes me to achieve them … He’s a good person to have in your corner and always makes me want to go out and compete harder.”

Healey plans to continue to pursue golf after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business.
“I plan on turning pro immediately after college. I’m doing a few tournaments in Vancouver, and so now it’s all about working your way up, getting good connections along the way.”

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