Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2019 who are currently in their "Sophomore Summers."
This installment features John Lazor of the men’s golf team. This Westwood, Massachusetts, native was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 in his first season with the Big Green. This past year, Lazor posted three top-20 finishes, topping out in a tie for 10th at the Manor Intercollegiate hosted by Longwood. He also boasted a 74.0 stroke average for the season with a low round of 69 at Furman with some of the top teams in the country participating. At the Ivy League Championship, he carded a 227 (+11) to finish in a tie for 18th.
DartmouthSports.com: What have you been doing during your sophomore summer?
John Lazor: The summer has been a blast so far. These first few weeks I’ve been playing a lot of golf with friends out at Hanover CC, been hanging down at the river and around campus just trying to enjoy the nice weather. Of course, I’ve also been doing some studying!
DS: What is your favorite place on campus?
JL: Hanover Country Club is the place I spend most of my time, so it has definitely become my favorite place. It’s my favorite place not because it’s a golf course, but because it’s relaxing, has some amazing views and can be used as a nice “getaway” from the busy college life. It’s a tough place to beat.
DS: What was it in the recruiting process that sold you on Dartmouth?
JL: I was sold on Dartmouth after meeting the current players on the team and Coach Parker. When I came for my first visit, I sat in coach’s office for two hours with my mom just chatting about golf and eventually random topics. I then met the team a few months later and realized that this was the type of team I wanted to be a part of. All the guys are awesome and they are my closest friends at Dartmouth.
DS: If you could play another sport at Dartmouth, what would it be and why?
JL: I grew up playing hockey all my life, so I would say hockey. It wasn’t until age 14 that I got the golf bug and never looked back. It was a tough realization that I would have to quit hockey to put the extra time into golf, but it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
DS: Other than your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life?
JL: My Uncle Joe has had the greatest influence on me. In his late twenties, he became a quadriplegic after a freak bodysurfing accident in Hawaii. Although Joe is in a wheelchair for the rest of his life and is not able to perform many simple tasks, he is the most fun, loving, positive and outgoing person that I have ever met. He has showed me to always keep a positive outlook on life, even though you may hit some obstacles along the way.
DS: What has been your best on-field memory thus far in your Dartmouth career?
JL: My best on-course memory was at our home tournament at Quechee my freshman year. I was in the final group coming down the 18th hole on the final day as our team had a slim lead over University of Rhode Island. About 60 people were behind the green watching the final hole play out. I ended up making a 15-foot par putt to seal it, and it was just awesome celebrating with the team as I walked off the green. We even took the trophy with us to Molly’s for dinner that night!
DS: What are your post-Dartmouth plans?
JL: After graduation, I plan on turning professional and will attempt to play on the PGA Latino American, China or Canada Tour for a year. Depending on how that year goes will ultimately determine whether I try to continue my dream to the PGA Tour or rather enter the real world.
DS: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
JL: Augusta National Golf Club would be up there. It is probably the most rare and coveted invitation that any golfer could get, so playing there would be awesome. Maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to play there the first week of April. (The Masters!)