April 18, 2014
Boca Raton, Fla. -
Florida Atlantic University men’s golfer Caleb Sibley attributes his continued success on the course to mental toughness and resilience. Sibley has captured first place in two tournaments this season, putting up his lowest round of the season against the University of Hartford with a 66.
“I’ll admit that I did not have a lot of talent when I started, but I have an immense amount of skill,” said Sibley. “I feel that my work ethic and dedication to improvement are unmatched.”
Sibley began his golf career as a freshman at Saint Cloud High School where he served as a four-year team captain and went undefeated in his junior and senior years.
“It was a big transition moving from high school to college golf,” said Sibley, a freshman political science major. “The sport is much more competitive at the college level, and for me it is a lot more fun.”
Athletic ability runs in Sibley’s family. His mother Sally played tennis at Tennessee and his father Bruce played golf at Valdosta State. His father then went on to play a short stint in the PGA. He is now a professional golf instructor at the Golf Academy of America in Orlando.
Sibley came to FAU in 2013 and is looking forward to the Conference USA tournament, which begins next week in Edmond, Oklahoma.
“I expect to go out and play to my capability, and I expect my teammates to do the same,” Sibley said. “I try to play one shot at a time and avoid setting a goal of a certain score or place because it tends to affect how I play.”
After graduation, Sibley would like to play professionally. His favorite golfer is Webb Simpson, who won the U.S. Open in 2012. He had the opportunity to walk with Simpson during a tournament in Orlando and got to pick his brain about golf. Sibley knows it is going to be a challenge to make it to the professional level.
“There are so many people trying to play professionally that the competition is fierce,” said Sibley. “The hardest part of golf is the mental aspect. Everyone can hit a ball or make a putt, but if you can stay mentally tough and do these things over and over again you will make it.”
When he is not playing or practicing his golf game, Sibley enjoys surfing and fishing.
For information about the upcoming Conference tournament or the men’s golf team, please visit FAUsports.com.