Q&A: Cresskill's Eric Lesorgen
Eric Lesorgen is the junior leader of the Cresskill High School golf team. After exploding onto the scene with a first-place finish at the Bergen County Scholastic League Olympic division championships as a freshman, he followed up his performance with a second-place finish his sophomore year.
This past summer he won a Pioneer Heritage Tour event at Overbeck golf course in Teaneck and he is poised to begin his third varsity season as a golfer on everyone's radar.
MSGV: Eric, how did you get involved with playing golf?
Eric Lesorgen: It began with my older brothers. I always followed them into whatever sports they played. It started with basketball and baseball, but around 11 years old we went golfing. Since then, it has been camps and lessons; just conitinuing to improve my game.
MSGV: What was the experience like playing and winning the BCSL Olympic division championship as a freshman?
EL: I was extremely nervous. I had never played in an organized golf event before the season. I know I played well in match play (during the season) but winning the tournament was a suprise to me, my teammates, and my coach (Kurt Metz). Coach Metz knew I would be good and he believed in me, but we were still suprised.
MSGV: What was it like returning your sophomore season and having another strong performance (second place)?
EL: I definitely felt more experienced and ready, but my main focus was on improving my score. That is really my mentality and I wasn't foucsed on the other players or the leaderboard. As I enter this season, my approach is the same; keep playing, keep impoving. I want to start a little stronger this year so that I can find my groove sooner and improve on last year's stats.
MSGV: As far as the team is concerned, you seem excited to have strong number-two guy behind you in freshman Jong-Mo-Kang.
EL: It has been a little tough in our matches the last couple of years, but Jong is solid. We battle daily in practice and it is a constant back and forth. He helps keep me focused and mentally stronger.
MSGV: This season you are the clear leader of your team. How do you handle that role?
EL: It is definitely different, but I am comfortable being the captain. I enjoy showing the younger kids things I have learned about the game. Teaching the game, helps me improve my game and, of course, it all helps us get better prepared for the season.