Shields matures as golfer

Name: Hunter Shields

School: Hollidaysburg

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Golf

Athlete of the week achievement: Shields, after placing second at districts, finished second with a 72 at the PIAA Western Regional, which was good enough to get him a trip to states in York.

Season update: Shields medaled five times for the Tigers during the regular season. His scoring average was 77 for the 10-2 Tigers.

Coach Bryan James’ quote: “His mentality, overall, has definitely, vastly improved. As he has grown from a kid into a young adult, he has matured nicely. He takes things for what they are and works with what is given to him. He doesn’t force things. He looks at the situation and makes the best of it.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. James

Favorite subject: History

Favorite movie: “The Greatest Game Ever Played”

Favorite food: Chicken tenders with fries

Favorite song: “Country Roads” by John Denver

Outside interests: Ice hockey

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Hines Ward

Best athlete I ever played with: Macky Power

Best athlete I ever competed against: State College’s Ben Gelenberg

Most influential person on my athletic career: My father, Paul James, and Ram Cirignano, my swing coach.

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the Sunnehanna Wheeling Tournament this past year.

How I got my start in golf: I got a set of clubs for my 13th birthday and worked with it ever since.

Future goal: Play golf in college and get a good degree.