CAROL STREAM – Introduced to the game of golf by his father, Nick Brady first started swinging a club at a young age.
Now, as Brady gets ready for his sophomore year at Glenbard North High School, that sport has become a year-round activity. He enters this fall with high aspirations.
“I also played baseball, basketball and football growing up,” Brady said, “but I enjoyed golf the most. And honestly, I thought I could be the most successful in golf. It really was my best sport.”
In preparation for the upcoming season, Brady has been playing in tournaments since April, when he went to California for an event. He has competed in the DuPage County Junior Classic, the IJGA State Championship and an AJGA qualifier, along with some one-day tourneys.
His best round of the summer was a 2-under-par 70 at a qualifier at Broken Arrow in Lockport. Brady, who was playing this week in Missouri, has two events left in Indiana and New Jersey.
“I’m just trying to get ready,” said Brady, who began competing in tournaments at age 11. “I’ve had some ups and downs, and I’ve had some good events and some bad events, but overall, I’ve played well.”
When not playing in tournaments, Brady often can be found at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago working on his craft. In the winter, he heads to the Links & Tees dome in Addison.
“I play almost every day [during the summer] or at least try to,” he said. “In the winter, it is more like three or four days a week. I like practicing at the range more than I do playing a round. And when I do play [a round], I like to play practice rounds for the events coming up.”
As a freshman last year, Brady qualified for a Class 3A sectional after carding a 79 at regionals.
“When I got to the sectional, it was actually really nerve-wracking,” Brady said. “Being that it was my first time in that situation, at least now I know what to expect this year. I feel like I will be more prepared.
“Overall, it was a great year and a lot of fun. My teammates were a lot of fun to hang around with, and we had a pretty good season.”
Brady is setting high goals for himself and the team.
“I think we should be able to improve and be better this year,” he said. “And definitely one of my goals is to make it to state and then hopefully have a chance to compete.”