Jason Chobar ended a five-year drought for Minooka representation at the boys golf state final tournament when he qualified as an individual in Class 3A in 2012.
If Chobar is to return to state, he will take the first step Tuesday at the Normal West Regional at Ironwood. Chobar wants to end his prep career at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington, but he would like more to take his teammates with him.
This weekend, Chobar and several of his teammates are going to Michigan to golf together in what has become a bit of an annual tradition for the program. Before they left, Chobar answered a series of questions from the Morris Daily Herald.
Q. Even though you were quick to make varsity, did you ever think you could be a four-time All-(Southwest Prairie) Conference golfer when you first joined the Minooka program?
A. To be honest, my freshman year I had no idea what the concept of All-Conference meant. But once I figured it out, I knew I had the game to make the All-Conference team all four years. I just needed to put up the right numbers and I did just that.
Q. It seems like Minooka is less built around or reliant on you than it’s been in the past. Do you agree with that, and what kind of talent surrounds you to make that possible?
A. I do agree with that. We have such a talented team this year and are so deep that any of our players can place in our top four at any given time.
Q. Is the amount of pressure you face lowered on a deeper roster?
A. I think the pressure is definitely still there, but yes, I would say it is lowered a bit just because I know my team is going to come in with solid scores every time.
Q. What are some of the courses you’ve played that aren’t close to here, that people in the area aren’t likely to have played?
A. I’ve actually been very lucky to play some really nice golf courses out of state and in state. Some of those courses are Black Sheep Golf Club, Whisper Rock, Innisbrook and Geneva National.
Q. Do you have a favorite course? Which is it and why?
A. My favorite course has to be Joliet Country Club because of all the people out there that I’ve been around my entire life.
Q. Who is your favorite professional player, and what about them do you really enjoy?
A. My favorite professional player has to be Phil Mickleson because he is such a humble guy and never a sore loser or winner.
Q. Is there any shot, hole or round from all of your years playing golf that you’d really like to have back?
A. I can’t really think of a particular shot I would like to have back. But definitely a round I would like to have back is my state tournament round my junior year. I would have liked to played some better golf that day.
Q. What do you know now about how to approach the postseason that maybe you didn’t know or fully understand when you were a freshman, or even last year?
A. Some things I know now as I have matured more is that not to press anything. Let the round come to you and don’t try so hard to shoot low. Just have a good time and take it shot by shot and good things will happen.