When we talk about the upbringing of unique athletes, we often discuss basketball or football players, especially in the United States. What people forget is that there are plenty of tremendous athletes with great stories; Tre Craig is no different. I caught up with the pro golfer during a political debate, and he was kind enough to do a Q&A for DMVSN.
Q: So, why golf? What made you attracted to the sport? Was it a passion from the beginning or did someone point you in that direction?
My granddad was an avid player. He and my grandmother would babysit my brother David and I, and take us to the local driving range. I fell in love with it because no matter how good you get, you can always improve your game. There are so many aspects to golf. It isn’t as simple is putting a ball in a hole.
Q: Where are you from? Where did you grow up? What’s unique about your upbringing?
I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. I was actually a better basketball player when I was younger.
Q: Aside from basketball, did you play any other sports? What else do you like to do in your spare time?
Other than basketball, I played baseball as well. Baseball season overlaps with golf, so I focused solely on golf as time went on. My dad would take me to the golf course to get practice before and after basketball games. Aside from golf, I like to workout, fish, travel, and eat.
Q: What are your favorite pro teams, if you have any?
I am a diehard D.C. sports fan, especially when it comes to the Redskins and Wizards. I also follow our champion Capitals and the Nationals as well.
Q: What’s it like being a pro golfer? What does that consist of? How did you become a pro?
I’m used to practicing a lot, but it’s a lot more practice compared to an amateur. Because there aren’t too many pro events as amateur in the area, I have to travel a bit more than most. The competition is tough, so you have to show up ready for a battle every single time. I travel out of state and will participate in an event every few weeks, assess my game, and work on it when I get home.
Q: What are your favorite types of movies and music?
I will listen to any type of music, but I mostly listen to rap, reggae, soul, and jazz. I will also watch any movie, but I am a superhero fanatic.
Q: What would you say to kids today that want to become professional athletes?
Play different sports to develop motor patters and work hard at them. Stay motivated and stay focused. I know this is cliché, but it isn’t easy.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
I want to get my first win as a pro. My game is getting better and the results will come soon. I’d like to believe that hard work and faith will pay off.
Q: What training do you do that helps your game? Are there any role models?
I’ve been working on my swing with my coach a lot and really working hard in the gym. Tiger Woods and LeBron James are probably my biggest role models in sports.
Q: What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My parents’ cooking.