Oglethorpe junior Anthony Maccaglia made history this summer as the first Division III golfer to compete in the Palmer Cup. The Ryder Cup-style international competition pits top college golfers from the U.S. against those from Europe.
Champion magazine: You’re the first. How does that feel?
Anthony Maccaglia: I could not be more humbled. It has been a result of a lot of hard work and even more support from some great people. I am absolutely honored that coach (Steve) Desimone selected me, and I take pride in that because it is something that no one can take away from me.
CM: The Palmer Cup is named after golf legend Arnold Palmer. You were born three decades after he won his last major; how much do you know about him?
AM: Obviously, Mr. Palmer is one of the greatest golfers in history. He is probably the most influential person in making golf popular both in the United States and throughout the world. He has a storied career in golf but also does much off the course to help people out. It is hard not to know a lot about Mr. Palmer.
CM: Ever had an Arnold Palmer drink (half iced tea, half lemonade)?
AM: Absolutely, Arnold Palmers are delicious. I like them better than a Mark Steffenhagen.
CM: According to some reports, youth interest in golf is dropping. What does the game have to do to keep young people playing?
AM: Youth interest in the game is probably dropping because of how long it takes to play a round of golf. Children can only focus for so long, and then they want to do something else. If we could find more creative ways to shorten the game for children, it would go a long way. Also, allowing children to compete on venues that are integral in the history of the game. I love that Augusta National allows kids to compete the Sunday before the Masters now. I believe that will greatly increase youth interest.