November 18th, 2010

"20 Key Questions" With Justin Thomas

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Key Questions" With Justin Thomas
photo from St. Xavier High School

St. Xavier senior golfer takes on the Questions

Each week, will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 key questions - some in-depth, some lighthearted - that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. Below are the "20 Key Questions," brought to you by Key Financial Mortgage LLC.

St. Xavier High School senior Justin Thomas is a true eater, drinker, and breather when it comes to the game of golf. And his dedication to the sport has certainly materialized.

A cornerstone member of the St. X golf team since his freshman year, Thomas never finished below 13th place individually in his four years at the KHSAA state golf tournament in Bowling Green, including his capturing of the individual state title his junior year (2009) after a two-hole playoff over Lexington Christian’s Hunter Stewart.

This season, Thomas made significant additions to his resume placing fifth or above in the following tournaments: Terra Cotta Amateur (1st), Footjoy Invitational (2nd), and Thunderbird Invitational (5th).

Oh yeah, and Thomas also was runner-up at the United States Junior Amateur, tied for fourth place in stroke play at the U.S. Amateur tourney (lost in the round of 32), and was prestigiously chosen to play for the United States Jr. Ryder Cup Team – a squad that kept the Cup after a 13 ½ - 10 ½ win over Europe in Gleneagles, Scotland this past October.

Talk about an ideal way to close out your high school career.

This past week, Thomas’ accomplishments and accolades during his time at St. Xavier culminated when the Tigers senior signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf collegiately at the University of Alabama. Thomas, who boasts a 3.35 GPA, will be an outstanding addition to the Crimson Tide program and will take his extremely competitive nature into the always-gritty Southeastern Conference.

Thomas recently took part in the "20 Key Questions," and his answers are below.

1. What is your favorite pump up music on game day?

Any rap, usually Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane or Waka Flocka

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?

Whatever is in front of me or if I'm in the mood for something, nothing special.

3. Cats or Cards?


4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level?

Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and J.B. Holmes

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

"Rule #76: No excuses. Play like a champion." – Wedding Crashers

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

It helps me knowing God has a plan for me regardless of what I do, I just have to try my all and hope for the best.

7. What keeps you motivated?

The motivation to be the best.

8. All time favorite board game?


9. Blackberry or iPhone?


10. Favorite Facebook function?


11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

Jersey Shore

12. Which golf club do you use the most efficiently? Why?

Wedges, because you need them a lot during a round and i work the hardest on them.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

I am easy to get along with.

14. Gatorade or Powerade? Which flavor?

Powerade - yellow.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

Whatever time I’m eating dinner.

16. First person (besides your family) that you told about your Ryder Cup selection?

Friends that were around me at the Junior PGA

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service?

First Tee

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

I can juggle a golf ball many different ways (the only thing I can do golf related in winter)

19. What is one thing you wish scientists would invent?

Something that would do homework for you, yet you still learned it, if that's even possible.

20. What is your proudest athletic moment?

Making the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup team


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