Justin Thomas visits The White House
Upon returning from his outing in the Web.com Tour’s Chile Classic, Former Tiger Justin Thomas joined his teammates from his collegiate golf days in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., to celebrate their team’s NCAA National Championship they won last year.
“My passport is getting pretty stamped up,” said Thomas, who was in Colombia for the Web.com Tour opener three weeks ago and is headed to Panama on Sunday.
But the whirlwind day was well worth it for Thomas, who turned pro last spring after his sophomore year. With his teammates from the 2012-13 season, he reunited in the nation’s capital for a visit to the White House to celebrate the school’s first national championship in men’s golf.
Of course, Alabama also had an in with Obama. The 44th president, like many of his Oval Office predecessors, enjoys hitting the links. He told the team that he had played a few holes last weekend – and that he needs some help out of the sand. The players suggested to him that he should start “grinding on that with coach (Jay Seawell).”
“I was just sitting there thinking, ‘With all of those teams there, there’s only one men’s golf program. And that’s us, because we were the best team in college golf last year,’ ” Thomas said. “I am getting goosebumps talking about it now.
“He had a bigger connection with us because he plays our sport; he seemed pretty excited to come in and meet us.”
Always great to have a St. Xavier grad in The White House! Very cool opportunity for one of our own!