From The Green To The Gridiron

WSUathletesOther than yards, what traits do golf and football share? As it turns out, quite a bit. "If you chip over a bunker and you just get it on the green," explained quarterback Connor Halliday. "Now you got a 14-footer for par. If you're thinking about what you just did, there's no way you're going to make that putt."

"Say, there's an incomplete pass, drop, or interception," continued Halliday. "Be mad for as long as you got, but by the time the next snap comes, you better be over it."

The man who snaps the ball to Halliday agrees.

"The mental side and focus, especially at center," said Elliott Bosch about the similarities between the two sports. "You have to keep a level head, especially in our offense. You got a lot going on and a lot of calls to make. You can't let the last play affect you."

Applying golf to football is not limited to the offensive side of the ball.

"The hand-eye coordination," said safety Deone Bucannon. "It's relaxing just to get out there. It's just you and the course. You stay relaxed in the moment."

Halliday, Bosch, and Bucannon played together several times during the summer and golf served as a positive influence away from the football field, too.

"The more you can do things off the field with guys it always builds relationships," said Halliday, who was a teammate with Bosch on the golf team at Spokane's Ferris High School.

In addition to sharing a love for golf, the three share a similarity of how they got introduced to the game.

For Bucannon and Bosch, it was their dads. For Halliday, it was his grandfather.

And for Halliday, golf is something he plans to pursue after football is over.

"I really want to be a head golf professional," he said. "I've been very fortunate to have some good friends from high school who were amazing golfers.

"I'm a big time feel guy and once they showed me how to do things I would spend hours on the range getting the feel of doing it," he added. "It's something I want to learn more about and teach."

But until then, Halliday is utilizing the traits he's learned from golf to his other sport.

"Playing quarterback is, not as mental as golf because I don't think there's anything as mental as golf, but in my opinion in sports it's the closest thing to it."

Washington State Cougars Football By Jason Krump

August 27, 2013/IMAGE and STORY Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
From left to right: Deone Bucannon, Connor Halliday and Elliott Bosch