For the first time in 2013, Cooperstown’s relaxed some of its athletic rules to allow eighth graders to play varsity in certain sports. The timing worked out perfectly for CCS golf.
Eighth-grader Teddy Trosset turned out to be the team’s top duffer. Trosset won medalist (low score) awards in six of the 18 meets Cooperstown played and led the team with a nine-hole average of 41.5.
Trosset said he started golfing young.
“I got my first set of clubs when I was 2,” he said. “My dad would take me with him every now and then. The first time I remember going out on the course was with my grandfather, Jack Mahoney, taking me to the putting green when I was 4.”
“I’ve liked it forever,” he continued, “probably since I started playing.”
Trosset’s dad, Mike, a 1985 CCS graduate, played varsity golf and has encouraged his son.
“I like to go out with him, but it is a lot more pressure too,” Trosset said.
“Probably in the summer when I was 8 or 9 is when I started playing every day, seven days a week,” he continued.
This year, Trosset will play in summer and fall leagues, where he admits his 15.3 handicap won’t win him any medalist awards.
“In most of the tournaments I play, there are kids my age shooting 10 shots better than me,” he said. “Some kids younger than me are shooting better than me too.”
Trosset also plays basketball and soccer, but he said he does golf year round. Like most upstate athletes who play an outdoor sport, he has found a way to play in the winter.
“Turning Stone has an indoor course,” he said. “I usually go up there every day on the weekends; every day I can, really.”
At 14, Trosset has yet to get his growth spurt, so he relies on his skill. His short game is his biggest strength; driving his biggest weakness.