Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Parkview's Ted Moon is the Daily Post's boys Golfer of the Year. The Belmont signee won the Region 8-AAAAA title and shot a 73 at state, his second trip to the tournament.
LILBURN -- It's graduation day at Parkview and Ted Moon is there.
He should be. He's a senior set to graduate. Moreover, he plans to attend Nashville's Belmont University on a golf scholarship and study accounting. The ceremony is a few hours away and Moon is neither excited nor nostalgic. Ted Moon's demeanor reflects a shoulder shrug at best.
On his college major: "I am going to major in accounting and see how that works out."
On his choice of Belmont to play golf: "Coach is really nice. He is a really responsible and caring person."
On which language he speaks better, Korean or English: "They are pretty even."
On when he decided to pursue golf: "I think it just gradually happened."
Moon is not monotonous or uninteresting, he simply doesn't show much emotion.
That works for him. And it works for golf.
During even the best round of golf, there are more than 60 chances to succeed or fail. No player succeeds 100 percent of the time. There are challenges, regardless of talent, every round for every golfer. To succeed in golf, the failures and successes can't be met with undulating emotions. Celebrate a good drive too much and that approach shot lands in a bunker. Carry your anger from the failed approach to the recovery shot and there is goes, skipping way past the hole.
Good and bad must be met with, well, a shrug.
That attitude keeps Moon comfortable and calm during a round. He prefers calm. It's what he likes about high school golf.
"The tournaments I do in the summer or outside of school are a little more nerve-wracking," he said.
In the world of golf, Moon came to the sport late.
He was in fifth grade and his family just returned to the United States after nine years in Korea. Moon had always played soccer, but his dad like golf and encouraged his son to give it a try.
"I tried it, it was pretty fun. I kept practicing," Moon said.
He still played soccer, but by 2006, his gradual growth into a golfer took hold.
"I just played maybe once a week and then one day I was practicing every day," Moon said. "My parents would just drop me off."
Moon played at Stone Mountain. He still calls the course home, but likes tournament play because he gets to see new courses. Stone Mountain's luster has faded a bit for Moon.
Moon won't admit to a real strength or weakness on the course. His exterior laissez faire attitude does hide a slight perfectionist.
"I really don't have (a strength)," the one-handicapper said. "It changes every day. Sometimes it will be putting, sometimes it will be drives. That is why I need to be more consistent."
In his four years at Parkview, he's been pretty consistent.
Moon advanced to the Class AAAAA state tournament twice by winning the Region 8-AAAAA tournament championship. He never went to the state tournament with his team, always as an individual qualifier. For four seasons he's been one of the team's top players.
"It is kind of a lonely game," Moon said. "Once in a while when friends come and play we just have fun and I slack off.
"Golf is really not a team sport, but you have your friends there."
Moon heads to Belmont in August to join his new team. He says his game is ready, in typical Ted Moon fashion.
"It's OK. I still need to practice more," he said. "I need to get more consistent."