An Ace & a Rubik's Cube Helped Guide Wyatt Dolinsky to the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship
By Kent Paisley
Wyatt Dolinsky is part of Team New York from Saratoga National Golf Club, who qualified for the 2022 National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship. And Dolinsky’s approach to his favorite interests off the course informs why he's so drawn to golf.
“I like the fact you can’t be perfect right away [at golf],” the 12-year-old explained, “It’s more you have to work at it for a long, long time, which I kind of like about that. I don’t know why.”
Since Dolinksy was 8-years-old, he's always picked up some challenging tricks to master. He'll turn on YouTube to teach himself stacking dice into a cup, various card tricks such as a Sloppy Shuffle, juggling, and finishing a Rubik's Cube (he’s completed this task in 50 seconds).
“Every time I learn how to do it [a task or skill],” Dolinksy said, “I just think about the reactions I'll get when I finally learn how to do it. So that kind of just keeps pushing me to get better and better.”
Some of the best reactions he’s gotten were after his hole-in-one over the summer at a golf camp. After his 120-yard pitching wedge found the bottom of the cup, he and his younger brother sprinted to the green and celebrated accordingly.
“That was probably my best moment I’ve ever had in golf my whole career,” Dolinsky said.
Dolinsky won’t be the first member of his family to play on an ESPN broadcast this year. His cousin played in the Little League World Series from the New England Region. Unfortunately, Dolinsky couldn’t get out to watch in person, but he and his family watched on TV.
Now it's Dolinsky's time to shine as he heads with his team to Arizona for the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship. His favorite memories with his team so far are their weekly trips to the indoor studio at their golf course, where they play contests or par-three courses in a less stressful forum and have fun and learn about their strengths and weaknesses.
Dolinsky is excited to apply their learnings and approach at the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship.
“I think it's awesome that we made it this far,” Dolinsky said, “and we’ll try our best, but most importantly, we're going to try and have fun.”