Las Cruces, NM — Australian native Willy Hogan has adapted comfortably to the American culture with the hope of turning his academic golf career into a professional one.
Hogan is a native of Canberra, Australia, an inland city just two hours south of Sydney. He is a senior majoring in communications and plans on using his degree as a secondary source. Hogan says that if golf doesn’t work out he would like to be an assistant professional in the golf industry.
“The first years after school I’m definitely going to focus on golf see if that works out hopefully it does, but if not I have my degree to fall back on,” said Hogan.
Being part of the NM State golf team has kept Hogan on his feet by managing to put his 100 percent into both the classroom and out in the golf course.
Head coach Mike Dirks explained Hogan has done a great job in handling school and golf at the same time.
“Willy has done really well, he was an academic All-American last year,” said Coach Dirks. “You have to handle school very well, and Willy has done an excellent job.”
Although Hogan is thousands of miles away from his home he doesn’t let the distance become a barrier for him, in fact the only small barrier for Hogan has been the language difference.
“There are many words that are very different for different things,” said Hogan. “But I really like the culture here everybody is very friendly, I get along with everyone, it’s a lot fun.”
Hogan has adapted to the Las Cruces/New Mexican culture, and mentioned he likes the use of green chili in New Mexican food.
Being away from home is always tough but golf has kept Hogan motivated and in the zone. In his free time, Hogan enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, working out and, of course, playing golf.
Hogan competed in 10 tournaments for the Aggies in 2012-13. Hogan recorded a 75.9 strokes per round average, tallying three rounds of even or under par. He also recorded one top-20 finish on the season and helped the Aggies win their sixth WAC title at the 2013 WAC Championship (April 29-May 1), carding a three-round score of 10-over par, 226, tying for 14th overall, his best finish of the season.
Hogan is looking forward to the UNM William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque Friday Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28.
“The field there is always good, and the course is always a great test, it’s really exciting this year we got a good bunch of great blokes on the team, and we are definitely ready to compete that’s for sure and make a name for ourselves,” said Hogan.