Tennoshin Ogawa, from Japan, attended Bishops Gate Golf Academy for two years. After graduating in May 2017, Ogawa joined the men’s golf team at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. As a freshman, Ogawa has played in two events. He posted a three-round score of 224 with rounds of 74, 79 and 73 at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational finishing tied for 46th. He also finished tied for 23rd place at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate after posting a three-round score of 218 with rounds of 75, 74 and 69.
Q: How did you get started in golf?
I started playing in the third grade because of my dad. I went with my mom to pick up my dad at the driving range and he told me to hit some balls.
Q: What continues to drive your passion for golf?
I enjoy hitting golf balls.
Q: What are your goals in golf?
My goals for this year are to win the conference, the division and the national championship. I think I can make it as an individual. I also want to play in the U.S. Amateur and at the end of the year play in the Asian Pacific.
Q: How is college going so far?
It’s going great. It’s a lot of new things and a new environment.
Q: What did you learn at BGGA that helped prepare you for college?
Independence. In college, you’re always having to do everything for yourself.
Q. What is it like to play for a team?
It’s a different feeling. You’re playing for your school, for your coach and for your team. Until now I’ve played for myself. With a team, one shot can be a big difference.
Q: What has been one of the biggest challenges about the new experience as a college student?
I had to get used to the school first, but it didn’t take that long. Getting to know more people outside of the golf team.