Athlete Spotlight: David Bartler tees up for college


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Team captain and senior David Bartler is known for his leadership skills on and off the course.

By Sophia Johnson and Chuck Baumgartner

How many years have you been involved in golf?

Four years. I started freshman year.

How did you get into golf?

I didn’t really have a sport in the fall so I decided to try out, and I didn’t know anything about the sport, really, and I kinda worked my way up from not knowing anything to being the captain of the team.

What do you like best about golf?

That it’s more of a self-improvement game rather than a team sport. I like to see how I improve throughout the season.

Bartler follows through the shot on the golf team’s Senior Night. (Photo by Yearbook Staff)

Who has really mentored you as an athlete?

Well, during the season, it was always my coach because he was always motivating me, and pushing me to do better and how to do new things.

What emotions do you feel when you do well in your sport?

I just happy and in a good mood. I’m not sure about emotions, but I’m super content with myself and satisfied.

What has been your most memorable experience in golf?

Probably, this year, our first tournament that we had before school started, we just played really well as a team. That was probably the best time I had on the golf team.

Do you have a tournament or a special meet that you did the best at?

It was the first tournament that we had this year, but I don’t remember the name of it.

What pushed you to do better? Was it your personal experience or being with your teammates?

I just got motivated from my teammates because when I started, freshman year, I was really bad. I didn’t know anything about it, and they were all a lot better than me. That kind of pushed me to get better as a golfer, and helping myself improve as a person in general as well. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Probably out of college my first job out of college, and I don’t really know… I just know I’m going to college this year.

Do you have a college you’re committed to? If so, what college?

Not yet, I got accepted into DePaul in-state, a few schools in Colorado, and another one in Florida.

Do you think you’re going to play sports at all in college?

Probably not, no.