Time-Out with Mac Keats
Long-hitter Mac Keats joined the Chargers golf program last season just as the program went on to capture its most successful year to date, winning both the PACWEST Provincial and CCAA National Championships. This year, Keats returns to Camosun to play out his fifth and final year of eligibility with his eye on repeat titles and becoming one of the driving forces behind the team’s success.
This past weekend, Mac led the charge at the UBC-O Invitational at the Okanagan Golf and Country Club in Kelowna (September 17-18). He earned the men’s individual low with a two-day total of 138 (66 + 70) to put the Chargers into the #1 spot in the PACWEST standings.
- Men's Golf
- Home Town
- Cochrane, AB
- High School
- Cochrane High
- Program of Study
- Business Marketing
What was it like growing up in the prairies and how did you get started playing golf? What led you to Camosun/the Chargers program?
I grew up in Bearspaw, a small community between Cochrane and Calgary, AB. I have a twin sister and younger brother. My father introduced me to golf when I was five. He took me to one of his corporate tournaments and bought me my first set of golf clubs for the tournament. From there, I grew up playing at the Bearspaw Country Club.
After high school, I was recruited by the Hawaii Pacific University in Oahu and played there for two years from 2010-2012. Afterwards, I took two years off to work, wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, I played in the Canadian Am in Victoria and thought this would be a great place to go back to school and golf. I started looking at schools on the West Coast and a friend that I went to high school with put me in touch with John Randle and things just fell into place.
What are your most significant achievements (sport or non-sport)?
I’d say my top three would be:
- Winning the PACWEST Provincial and CCAA National Championships with Camosun last year.
- Finishing 4th in the Alberta Am in 2013 shooting 69 + 69 the last two days.
- Playing in the Canadian am back to back years.
Most memorable one would be winning men's club Championship as a junior.
What do you want to accomplish while you’re here?
It’d be great to win the Provincial and National Championships again … and earning the Individual title for the PACWEST and CCAA would be the icing on the cake.
What sets the Chargers apart from other programs?
Location is one of the biggest keys … we can play all year round here. If you want to go to school and play golf, Victoria is the place to do it in Canada!
What are the rewards of being a Charger?
You get to meet new people from other schools and hear about their programs and play all these great golf courses. You can’t beat leaving on a Friday, playing Saturday and Sunday and then being home on Monday to go to school.
Where do you draw your inspiration from; who are your role models?
The great golfers really intrigue me. Golf is such a hard mental game. Guys like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicholas … they can put everything behind them and just be in the moment.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of golf?
I played hockey and lacrosse in high school, but now I watch a lot of NFL … I’m a Ravens fan! I also play a lot of fantasy football.
Why do you think programs like the Chargers are important?
When the teams and athletes do well, it helps the school’s brand get out there. People hear about it and it develops pride and school spirit among the student body and community. It’s great for everyone.
Do you have any pre-tournament rituals?
I like to be alert so I usually have a coffee with me. Before I hit every golf shot, I un-Velcro my glove and then Velcro it and that lets me know I’m ready. It triggers me into knowing it’s my turn to shoot the ball.
What’s your dream job?
To be on the PGATour! I would like to turn pro after school for at least a couple of years and see what I can do while I’m still young. But if not, I’d like to work for a big golf corporation like Taylor Made or Titlelist, marketing and selling their clubs.
September 19, 2016