Our newest members: North Carolina twins with serious games
28 May 2015
by Andy Kountz of amateurgolf.com
Levi (left) and Luke Grogan
When you join AmateurGolf.com, we notice. Like when we had two Grogans join within five minutes of each other. Did someone make a mistake when signing up? We checked, and it turns out there are two Grogans, and they’re used to doing things five minutes apart. It started when Levi and Luke were born… within five minutes of each other.
The Grogan boys will be attending Greensboro College in North Carolina next year, where they hope they can make an impact on the Division III golf powerhouse.
“We’ve just been playing a lot and it’s really paying off,” Levi told the Asheville Citizen-Times in a recent interview. “It’s a great feeling.”
Both brothers have been working hard on their game, playing wherever and whenever they can, each one shaving about 10 strokes off his game. Their days start at 4:30 a.m., with a trip to the gym for a two-hour workout. After a protein-heavy breakfast, they hit the golf course where they spend the day working on their games, until about 5:30 or so. What do they do for fun in their free time? “Pretty much play golf and work out,” Levi told us.
“They’ve been working hard to take their game to the next level,” said their mom, Karen Grogan. This includes working with putting guru, David Orr, who works with Justin Rose, one of the Molinari brothers, and Charlie Wi, among others. They also spend a lot of time with their swing coach, Trey Smith, pro at Maggie Valley Country Club.
Despite the fact that they have similar swings and similar games, they still like to compete with one another. “We joke about who can hit it closer, who can hit it farther. Everything,” Luke said. “It pretty much goes like that the whole time we’re on the course.” Luke tends to take a more technical approach to the game, while Levi is a little more outspoken. When asked individually who the better golfer is, both say, “it depends on who is rolling better putts.”
While they are competitive with each other, they are also very supportive. Asked if they would like to play Four-Ball tournaments as partners, Levi said they preferred to play individually. “But if we were teamed together, we would help each others games because we know each other so well.”
Luke and Levi are spending this summer trying to qualify for tournaments, including the 101st Carolinas Amateur Championship in Greensboro, the Southern Amateur in Mississippi, and the North Carolina Match Play Championship in August before heading off to school for their college golf season.