Cavalier star watch: Mario Funcic

Mario Funcic
Student golfer Mario Funcic has led the college with numerous top-five finishes and a stroke average of 75.5. Photo courtesy of JCCC

By Mac Moore

Sophomore Mario Funcic is a golfer from Pula, Croatia. As a freshman Funcic earned first team All-Jayhawk Conference and NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention. Funcic led the college with a stroke average of 75.5 and five top-five finishes.

What are your goals for the season? 

My personal goal for the season is to break the lowest average record in JCCC history. I think with having that goal in mind, many good things will happen. My second personal goal is to become an all- American again this year. Those are pretty high goals and I’m working hard to accomplish them.

Team Goals? 

Our team goals are to win conference and also to end up in the top 10 at Nationals.

Three players finished in the top 15 at the last tournament, is this the level you guys expect to play to start the season? 

Yes, three of our five guys place in the top 10, but that was not very good. In our first three tournaments we had five guys in the top 10, and that was up with our standards.

How often do you practice? 

We practice every day for almost five or six hours.

Any tips for beginners? 

Practice your putting.

Favorite Movie? 

My favorite movie is Scarface. My favorite actor by far is Al Pacino.

How has the weather affected your practice? 

Snow did affect us pretty bad. We missed a bunch of practice days at the beginning of March, but now we caught up and everything is good.

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