Living in Southern Utah, we’re able to build friendships with competitors unlike larger cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas. “You still want to beat your friends when you are on the greens, you want to win,” says Noah Schone, from Pine View. “When you are off the greens though, you want to hang out with these guys and go to Lake Powell.”
Noah Schone viewed his first year as a freshman to be a bit intimidating; and while he was unsure of what to expect, he set goals to lighten his uncertainty. Those goals included being one of the top ten in Region 9 golf, and then also qualifying for State. He accomplished both!
As a sophomore, Noah’s golfing ability and personal goals were even greater. “My goal was to win region. I played really well averaging a 71, and took top three in region; but lost to two really good kids.” One of these two players was his cousin, Desert Hills Senior, Taylor Cummings. When asked what it was like to compete against his cousin, Taylor, Noah said, “It was awesome competition every week battling against him. He’s a great player.”
2nd Team All-State 2013-14 – 1st Team All-State 2014-15 – High Honor Roll
Approaching his junior year, Noah is hoping to win 5 or 6 tournaments. With higher goals than in his previous years, Noah’s summer has been full of steep competition. “I have to do all I can to get better. Since school got out, I have spent the summer with my grandparents in Salt Lake, playing in tournaments every day except Sunday.” Packing his summer vacation with non-stop competition, Noah has put himself in a great position to be a threat during region play.
During school however, Noah doesn’t cease to put in a tremendous effort. This last year he ensured to head straight to the course after school. “I would get to the course, and be there ‘til dark every day. I would put in work, most of the time it was practice with a bit of playing time.” On average, Noah spends between four to eight hours a day perfecting his game. “I’m hitting this ball hundreds of times a day. I’ve got it mentally down in my head. When I am playing in a tournament, I feel like I can hit the shot, because I have already practiced it so many times before.”
“Noah has been my friend since the third grade. He has always been a friend I can talk to and hangout with. When we get together to hangout we like to grab some food and play video games. He’s super nice to me and is a good person that shares qualities with me that I appreciate. As for golf, he is a very patient golfer and keeps his cool which helps him play his best every time.” – Jakob Matthews
“It’s definitely a mental thing,” continues Noah. “You are going to have ups and downs and you just have to know how to work through it. Playing bad in tournaments over and over again, that is the biggest challenge you can have. It takes work to get back on track to play well the following week.” In life, Noah’s general philosophy is a motivating one. He says, “To win you’ve got to lose. You are going to fall down many times, but to reach your best times you have to be willing to risk losing.”
In school, Noah is engaged in a great deal of honors classes and plans to continue to challenge himself all throughout his high school career. He also hopes to continue a tradition set by his father and grandfather. “I want to get my MBA in Business and start a company, so I want to get into a good college. I love business, and so I took a few business classes last year.”
Volunteer service is an activity Noah highly values. He is also anticipating serving an LDS mission. “It will be awesome. I will go anywhere I can serve.” Part of Noah’s volunteer service, which he cherishes deeply, was the opportunity to spend ten days in Africa doing humanitarian work with his mother, Debra. “It was awesome working with my mom in Africa,” says Noah. “We had to put together these Blessing Bags that had clothes, toys, and things for the kids we were serving. It was a great feeling being part of it all.”
PGA Golfer, Graeme McDowell, once responded to a question with a powerful answer that Noah has taken to heart and something he strives to live by. When McDowell was asked how he became so good, he said, “Ten hours a day, every day, for ten years.” Believing that if he wants to be good at anything he does he has to put in the time, on, and off the green. Not willing to let anyone or anything but himself decide his future, Noah has put in some serious work. • HSSI