We asked out Athlete Ambassadors and Board of Directors to answer these 10 fun and informative questions about their workouts, inspirations, and lives. Read on for Jeff Klauk’s answers:
Name: Jeff Klauk
City of residence: Saint Augustine Florida
Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Profession: Professional Golfer PGA Tour/Web.com Tour
1. Which three words would your friends use to describe you?
Determination, Perseverance, Never Give Up
2. Which living person do you most admire and why?
My father Fred Klauk, he was the Golf Course Superintendent at TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship. He had to make sure the golf course was in great shape for the golf tournament every year. I learned from his work ethic and drive. Having seen that growing up, it was a great example of how I need to work on my golf game if I wanted to excel.
3. Who inspires you in your athletic pursuits and why?
I had always wanted to play golf at the highest level. I was very fortunate to grow up around some of the greatest players in the game. Rocco Mediate taught me a lot when I was a kid. I would consider him the one that helped me the most on learning how to play certain shots and also on deciding which college I should attend which was Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. I also learned many things from guys like Vijay Singh, Mark McCumber, and many more.
4. What is the happiest moment of your life thus far?
Besides marrying my wife and the birth of my children, Jackson and Bridget, the happiest moment for me on the golf course was in 2008 after I won the Web.com event in Maryland. It meant that I would have made enough money at that time to qualify for the PGA Tour at the end of the year. Knowing I achieved my goal that I set when I was kid, was the most amazing feeling. The rest of the season was so much fun because I had nothing to worry about. I ended up finishing 3rd on the Web.com money list that year and qualified for the PGA Tour.
5. What is/are your favorite song(s) to listen to while working out?
I can really listen to anything from sports talk radio to hard core music. I would say that I always like to listen to Rocky music before my rounds of golf.
6. What is your favorite time of day to work out/train and why?
I really like to train on my golf game a minimum of 8 hours a day. When I get close to a tournament I like to play 18 holes in the morning then practice in the afternoon. I try to get my mind focused on playing golf rather than thinking about the game. Then work on my mental training at night. From reading a book to talking to my sports psychologist.
7. What is your go-to snack to give you energy before a workout or competition?
I always make sure I have some type of nuts or protein bar in the golf bag when I’m getting ready to play. 5 hours is a long time on the course and in the summer it can get very hot!
8. What is your favorite book?
One of my favorite books I have read through the years is “Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect” by Dr. Bob Rotella. Just really a great book to read about the mental game of golf.
9. How do you unwind and de-stress after a competition?
I love to watch sports. Really like to watch anything. I have gotten to know other athletes in different sports so I like watching their games. I’m a HUGE Florida Gator Fan and a Jacksonville Jaguar fan. Season Ticket holder! I also have become a big fan of NASCAR racing. Having a few friends in the sport has hooked me in!
10. What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possessions in the golf world are my 2 Web.com Tour trophies from the events I won. 2003 Wichita Open, 2008 Melwood Prince County Open(outside Washington, DC), also winning the 2000 Division II national Championship Individually in college.