Earlier this month, Marysville golfer Rex Rollins competed at the 2019 CIF boys golf masters tournament at The Reserve in Stockton. While his team may not have placed high, he finished in the top 10 of all individuals.
“He’s really stepped up his game this year and I think a lot of it has to do with his dedication to the game and getting better every day,” said Marysville High School golf coach Steven Fochs.
After only playing baseball as a youngster, Rollins was introduced into the sport of golf when his dad’s friend (coach Fochs) told him about the opportunities golf can bring him. Fast forward a few years later, and Rollins has made a name for himself with Fochs coaching him along the way.
“I remember he (Fochs) was always putting a bug in my ear about golf, telling me that it could have great scholarship offers in my future. From there I just started playing with my dad the summer before high school and that was it, I was hooked,” said Rollins.
Fochs has been coaching golf in the area for 19 years. After a 14-year stint at Faith Christian he took the job at Marysville and has loved it ever since.
“Being able to watch players like Rex grow from having never picked up a club to shooting par for the first time is an awesome experience,” said Fochs.
One of the aspects of the game of golf that Rollins finds most appealing is how golf is such a different game than any other sport.
“In other sports you can rely on others to help you out to where as in golf it’s just you. And I think I love being able to push myself to be the best I can be because of that,” said Rollins.
Last summer at Peach Tree Country Club, Fochs was running some junior camps for younger kids to experience the game of golf, but he said he wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of one of his own players.
“I remember he (Rollins) came to every camp and helped relentlessly whether it was a five-year-old or even a novice player closer to his age. The fact that he’s willing to sacrifice his own time to help pass the game along says a lot about him on and off the course,” Fochs said.
As for the star golfer’s favorite club in the bag? The driver. Though he does also like the 60-degree wedge because he has a lot of success with it.
While Rex does look up to a lot of golfers in the area, one professional that he looks up to on the tour is Phil Mickelson.
“Other than both of us being lefties, I like that he’s always in a good mood. He’s always smiling and having a good time and I think that’s super important in golf.”
The 6-foot-2 junior at Marysville looks to keep polishing his game in hopes of continuing to get better for his senior season. When asked about whether college golf was in his plans, Rollins simply said, “That’s the biggest goal.”