O'Dea senior golfer David Fonua talks about hitting the ball straight, remembering to trust his shot, and his Tongan heritage.
Five questions with O’Dea senior golfer David Fonua, who finished third in the Class 3A state tournament last spring.
Q: What’s your most memorable athletic moment?
Fonua: “Winning Metro as a sophomore. I shot 65 at Jefferson Park and 75 at West Seattle. On hole No. 8 (a 487-yard 5-par) at Jefferson Park, I had a double-eagle the first day. I holed out my second shot from about 170 yards with my 7-iron.”
Q: Got a golf hero?
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Fonua: “Ben Hogan. I’m reading his book, ‘Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons,’ right now, and I’m just kind of reconstructing my whole golf game. … I changed my grip, according to his book. It’s helping me hit the ball with more accuracy.”
Q: When did you start playing golf?
Fonua: “Around age 2. My dad just got into golf at that time, and he took me along to the course.”
Q: Do you have any pre-round rituals or quirks?
Fonua: “I take a Sharpie and mark down a big letter ‘T’ on my left hand. It just reinforces the quote that my (O’Dea) coach Brian Vaughan told me. My coach says trust is the biggest word in golf. I’ve got to trust the shot I’m going to hit.”
Q: Where does the name Fonua originate?
Fonua: “I’m Tongan. I’m always the only Polynesian kid, usually wherever I am. My cousin, Tony Finau, was on the Nationwide Tour. He made it there after being on ‘The Big Break’ on The Golf Channel.”