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Prep Sports

MVA Male Athlete of the Week: Ben Sluzas, Lockport

Golf, Senior

Ben Sluzas
Ben Sluzas

Why Sluzas was selected:

The Porters junior golfer joined elite company in his sport by winning his second-straight IHSA Class 3A championship by one stroke with a four-under par 140 at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington.

Sluzas talked with Herald-News sportswriter Curt Herron. Below is an edited transcript.

Herron: What did you like about your performance last week?

Sluzas: It was a great experience. I had the goal of winning again and I had a great round my first day with a one-under to put myself in a position to have a chance. On the second day, I really got it together before a stretch where I struggled but then I came back on the last hole.

Herron: What do like most about your team?

Sluzas: We had a lot of new people this year. In the last two years, I knew the guys who graduated really well, but it was kind of nice to have some new faces.

Herron: What do like most about competing for Lockport?

Sluzas: I really like our coach, Matt Eber, and how he runs things for the team.

Herron: What do you like most about golf?

Sluzas: Golf was the first sport that I've never felt like it was a job in practice. I really enjoyed practicing and had a fun time doing it.

Herron: Who's your biggest influences?

Sluzas: My mom's side of the family were really big golfers and my great grandpa, Bob Kilgore, is still alive and he was a huge golfer so he really influenced me.

Herron: What's been your favorite music and performer?

Sluzas: I like a lot of genres. And Guns N' Roses.

Herron: What's your favorite TV show?

Sluzas: I really like watching Chicago PD.

Herron: What do you want to do in the future?

Sluzas: My dream would to be on the PGA Tour. In college, I'm looking at a business degree.

Herron: Who's someone that you would like to meet?

Sluzas: Jason Day.

Herron: Who's your favorite sports team and athlete?

Sluzas: Me and my family are big sports fans. And Jason Day.

Herron: Where's the best place that you've visited and where would you like to visit?

Sluzas: Washington, D.C. I'd like to visit Hawaii.

Herron: What's your favorite class?

Sluzas: Math.

Herron: What do you like to do in your free time?

Sluzas: I like to go fishing in the summer.

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