Dylan De Prosperis prepares for upcoming golf season with the Gaels athletics.
By Oliver Collins
Dylan De Prosperis, a freshman student athlete, must attend golf practice almost everyday for a minimum of 4 hours to achieve the standard of excellence required by the athletic department. But for De Prosperis, the daily school workload mixed with the tireless amounts of training time can be too much for almost anybody. On average, De Prosperis, among other athletes, gets about 6-7 hours of sleep. This can cause problems not only on the course and with grades but also physical and mental problems. How does golf compare in terms of training times to other Saint Marys sports? How do athletes deal with the long hours of physical activity they have to do almost every day?
Being from Italy, De Prosperis hasn’t had a ton of experience on U.S golf courses, and the constant training we have in America almost doubles the training time they have in Rome, his home city. From a young age, being a golf player was a huge bright spot for De Prosperis. At age 3, his parents introduced him to golfing and he loved the sport. He always worked hard to become one of the best. Before even entering college athletics De Prosperis ranked in the top 500 in the world of golfers.
De Prosperis’s choice to attend Saint Mary’s came with careful consideration. This chance of opportunity decided his future for him. The U.S. is known for golfing and Saint Mary’s is certainly a prestigious golfing destination for future professional athletes. While Saint Mary’s has proved a challenge, for De Prosperis it is certainly worth it, he says, “Everyday I feel like I am improving on every aspect of my game, and it feels great.” De Prosperis certainly has earned the respect of many as he has already qualified in the top four for an upcoming tournament.
De Prosperis’ motivation every day is to be better than the day before. He constantly works out and conditions, he never misses practice, and always gives his best when he enters the course. De Prosperis hopes to be a pro one day and at the rate he’s going he should achieve that feat with the right amount of effort.
De Prosperis, a member of the Saint Mary’s golf team, has made golfing his life. From training on the course daily to working on homework the minute he gets home, life isn’t exactly easy for Saint Marys athletes. Balancing school work and sports is one of the most difficult things student athletes have to deal with. However, many athletes agree that dealing with these challenges prove beneficial for their future.
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