Hughes has big golf plans after graduation

Dan Moreno

Junior Nathan Hughes led UMKC at the ULM/Wallace Jones Invitational golf tournament where the Roos finished in second place. Hughes finished fourth at five-over-par with a pair of birdies in the final round.

Golf is a tradition in Hughes’ life, but it wasn’t until the seventh grade when he discovered his talent for golf.

“Golf has been part of our family.  We always played together as a family,” he said. “When I was in seventh grade I decided to start taking it seriously and work on it, and I’ve just continued since then.”

Hughes found passion in golf because it was an activity that brought his family together.

“Every Saturday morning we all played together,” he said. “I really enjoyed spending time with them playing golf.”

Before switching to UMKC, Hughes attended the University of Oklahoma for two years when he decided to move to Kansas City.

Being a college student-athlete was always on Hughes’ mind. It was in ninth grade when he realized he could earn a spot at the collegiate level.

“In ninth grade I made it to the high school team and realized I had a shot at playing for a university,” Hughes said.

“I was actually recruited by J.W. [VanDenBorn, UMKC’s head coach] in high school,” he said. “But I ended up transferring after two years of college in Oklahoma. I talked to him and I felt that UMKC was a great choice.”

The men’s regular season ended last week at Calhoun, La., where the team recorded its second best finish of the season, finishing second out of 14 teams at the Wallace Jones Invitational.

The best performance of the season was last October 15-16 when the team finished first out of 14 teams at UMKC’s Bill Ross Intercollegiate tournament. Hughes finished with a total of 217.

The team will head to Keller, Texas for the Summit League Championship on April 22-24, where Hughes’ only goal is to come back as a champion.

“We [the team] are all expecting to really compete at conference and possibly win,” he said. “Hopefully we can make it to regionals and even NCAA.”

Hughes has always dreamed of playing golf for a living. Depending on his performance next year, he will try to play at a higher level.

“I want to attempt playing pro after graduating. Then we’ll see how that goes for a while,” he said.

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