Football: Kain Colter excelling on different green this offseason

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is best known for his exploits on the gridiron, but he says his best sport his golf. He is a fan of Tiger Woods and his grandfather said he wanted Colter to be the next incarnation of the famous golfer.

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Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is best known for his exploits on the gridiron, but he says his best sport his golf. He is a fan of Tiger Woods and his grandfather said he wanted Colter to be the next incarnation of the famous golfer.

Josh Walfish, Sports Editor

Northwestern has come to expect senior quarterback Kain Colter to succeed on the green of a gridiron. However, he has also found a lot of success on the putting green. Although Colter may play football for the Wildcats, he claims golf may be his better sport. The Daily caught up with Colter after practice to talk about his love for golf and why he chose to play for football coach Pat Fitzgerald and not for golf coach Pat Goss.

The Daily Northwestern: How did you get interested in golf?

Kain Colter: My grandpa, my mom’s dad, was a big golfer, and ever since I was little, I had a golf club in my hand. I remember having a plastic club, swinging them around in my grandparents’ backyard. I feel like ever since I was little, I was always being taken to the driving range and watching golf. My grandpa wanted me to be the next Tiger Woods.

The Daily: Where does football enter the equation?

Colter: Football is just something I was more destined for. My dad played football. My uncle played football. I started that when I was young, too. Golf’s something you have to dedicate all your time to if you’re going to play it at a high level. I just didn’t do that because I was playing so many other sports and football just came natural to me.

The Daily: Do you remember your best round?

Colter: I shot a 78 at Vista Ridge (now called Colorado National Golf Club) in Erie, Colo.

The Daily: How much interaction have you had with Goss or the members of the team?

Colter: I haven’t. I’ve played with Eric Chun a few times. He’s really good and he’s really helped me with my swing a little bit.

The Daily: If you could go to any golf tournament in the world, which one would you go to?

Colter: The Masters. There’s something special about the Masters, something I’d like to go to. Augusta is sweet.

The Daily: Do you watch a lot of golf on television?

Colter: When Tiger’s playing. If Tiger’s not playing, I’m not watching. But if Tiger’s playing, I’m always watching.

The Daily: I’ll take it you’re a big Tiger Woods fan, but any other favorite golfers?

Colter: I like Rory (McIlroy). I like Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, all those guys.

The Daily: If you could play any course in the world, which one would you play?

Colter: Probably Pebble Beach (in California). Or that one course in Dubai (Abu Dhabi). They always have a tournament out there. I’ve always wanted to go to Dubai, and it would sweet to play golf there.