This week's athlete of the week is Auburn High's Parker Davis, a senior on the Tigers' golf team.
Auburn Villager: When did you get your start playing golf?
Parker Davis: Mainly, it was my dad. He started me back when I was young, and I was able to play it and then started taking it more serious.
AV: What do you like most about playing golf?
PD: The fact that it just kind of calms me down. I like being outside and being able to envision hitting shots.
AV: What's the strongest part of your game? Driving? Putting?
PD: Probably driving is my best. The driver's kind of my confidence club. I don't swing very fast at it, so I've always been able to hit it down the fairway. I've never been the best ball-striker with my irons, so being in the fairway is really important to me, so that's what I practice the most.
AV: What area of your game do you need to work on the most?
PD: Definitely putting. It's something that I've always struggled with.
AV: Did you have any golfers that were role models for you that you tried to emulate?
PD: I watch the PGA Tour almost every weekend. I love Tiger Woods, but right now I follow Jordan Spieth a lot. I like how he plays his game.
AV: How is the season going so far?
PD: It's pretty good. I haven't been playing as good as I've wanted to play.
AV: What's your best round ever?
PD: On nine holes, I've shot around three-under before and then on 18 holes I've shot even a lot of times. The courses that we play, sometimes they've never really fit me the best, so I've never been able to really capitalize on full 18-hole rounds.
AV: On that note, what's your favorite course that you've played?
PD: My favorite course I've ever played is TPC Sawgrass. I played it once, and I loved it.
AV: What was it like playing there?
PD: It was awesome. I just loved it because it holds the Players Championship every year. I love to be able to hit where the players hit.
AV: As a senior, do you know what you're going to do yet after you graduate?
PD: I'm going to Wallace State for golf right now. That's what I want to do for two years and then hopefully I can get a scholarship to a big four-year school after that.
AV: How does it feel to know that you'll keep playing competitively at the next level?
PD: It feels good. I'm excited to keep playing. I've just got to get my game to that extra level.
AV: Do you play any other sports?
PD: I do. I love to play basketball and football is fun just to play with my friends.
AV: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?
PD: I love to fish. I've always loved to fish ever since I was a little kid. That's basically my number one hobby.
AV: What's the biggest fish you've ever caught?
PD: One time fishing by myself down in Florida, I caught a 25-pound shark. And in Lake Martin, I caught a 25-pound striped bass.
Interview by Brian Woodham