NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - John Buchanan is a senior and five-year player on the varsity golf team.
How old were you when you started playing golf and how did you get started?
I was about 13 years old when I started to play at the local public course with my friends and became interested in watching golf tournaments on TV.
What is your favorite part about being part of the golf team at North Salem?
Definitely being able to play on a lot of different golf courses in Westchester County that you normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to.
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How do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a senior leader?
I see myself as a top player on the team and I like being a senior leader because I’ve been on the team for five years now and can help my teammates out.
How would you describe what your best strengths are?
I think some of my best strengths are that I am honest, friendly and hardworking.
What is your favorite team activity, pre-meet or post-meet ritual that you share with your teammates?
Probably listening to music to get us ready to play.
What goals do you have entering this season?
To try and hit in the mid 40s to low 50s, make All-League and help the team win our league for a third straight year.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My parents, because they are always supportive of me and believe in me. I can always count on them no matter what the situation is.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I used to have blonde hair until I was about 5 years old.
Do you plan on continuing to play golf in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
I don’t plan on playing golf in college, but I would like to play whenever I can get a chance to.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
Yes, I would like to major in business because my dad works in the field, and I can see myself doing well and being successful.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
Christian Pulisic is my favorite athlete. The New York Knicks, Rangers, and Giants are my favorite sports teams.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a match?
Rap music and artists like Migos, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole to name a few
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Flying, because you can get to places much faster.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Italy, especially Abruzzi and Sicily, because my great grandparents were from there.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a meet?
Anything from Dunkin Donuts
Best place to eat in North Salem and why?
Kingsley’s because they make a good bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter because you can retrieve so much information in a matter of seconds on just about anything.
For a young athlete growing up in North Salem, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the golf program and why should they go out for the team?
Golf is a sport that you can play for most of your life, and starting to know the game at a younger age can help you improve your game later on in life. Also, Coaches Regan and Cassidy are excellent coaches, they are always encouraging and are there to help you improve your golf game. It’s also a nice experience to be able to play on different golf courses.