• Lydia Calderon, Miranda Mors

You gotta have Hart on your team

“The MIAA Sportsmanship award is awarded annually to one senior golfer who has exhibited good sportsmanship during his career. Only one golfer among all MIAA golfers receives the honor,” Geoff Henson, Sports Information Director at Olivet College, said.

In this case, that one golfer was none other than Hart.

Hart views golf as a way of life. He couldn’t imagine his life without it. “It’s kind of a roller coaster. You never know what’s going to happen next. It teaches me to push on regardless of what bad breaks may come,” Hart said.

Adopted from Guatemala, Hart moved to Rockford, with his family, at six months old. While living in Michigan, he attended Lowell High School and started golfing at a young age with his uncle, Rich Kitchen. “My uncle owns a golf course so I’ve golfed my whole life. I didn’t start competitive golfing until high school,” Hart said.

In high school, Hart was all-conference his junior and senior year. In addition, he received the Team MVP and sportsmanship award his senior year.

Coming to college, golf became more competitive. In order to keep up with the new demands Hart said he pushed himself in practices to succeed. “You’re as good as you practice. When I’m practicing, I have a goal and will do anything to get there,” Hart said. “You’re self-reliant; you control what happens next. You get what you put in.”

Golfing all of his four years at Olivet, he was appointed by then-coach Kevin Allard to become the team captain of golf. He soon began to expand his successes on the playing field. According to the MIAA, Hart averaged a team-low of 79.8 strokes over the jamborees this fall. His career best for 18-holes was a 72, played on Sept. 15.