Prep Sports

Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week: Harvard’s Julia Chupich

Hornets senior won the KRC Girls Golf Tournament individual title

Harvard’s Julia Chupich captured the Kishwaukee River Conference Girls Golf Tournament individual championship with a 90 and was third at the McHenry County Tournament with an 82.

The Hornets senior and three-sport athlete set the program record for 18-hole (76) and nine-hole (35) scores earlier this season and, on Thursday, advanced to her first sectional tournament by taking runner-up at the Class 1A Marian Central Regional.

Chupich was voted as the Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week by readers and recently talked to sports writer Alex Kantecki about her breakout season, setting school records, her biggest pet peeve and more.

How did you get your start in golf?

Chupich: I started playing golf at about 5 years old, joining classes and playing with my dad here and there. I didn’t take golf seriously until about eighth grade, so I would be ready my freshman year.

You own the school record for both 18-hole and nine-hole scores. What does that accomplishment mean to you, and what do you remember from those rounds?

Chupich: Being able to set a new school record for both nine and 18 holes is an awesome feeling. It’s such an accomplishment to know I was able to set HHS history. The most I remember about my nine-hole round was breaking even by having two birdies. I also remember my 18-hole round just being a perfect day where everything came together. My drives, irons, chips and putts were all in sync.

You just won a million dollars. What is the first thing that you would buy?

Chupich: With a million dollars, I would for sure buy a house. Something not too big, I wouldn’t want to clean a mansion.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Chupich: My biggest pet peeve is when people talk over others. It’s such a rude act.

What is your favorite class?

Chupich: My favorite class is English. I have always excelled at the course and the time passes so quick.

If you could have a sandwich named after you, what would be on it, and what would you call it?

Chupich: The sandwich I would make is salami, turkey, provolone, Swiss, American, lettuce, tomato and mayo. I would call it the “Country Club.”

If you could spend a week working out with any golfer, who would it be?

Chupich: If I was able to spend time with any golfer it would be Matthew Wolff. I would love to learn how he keeps such a positive mindset while playing.

What is your best sports fashion tip?

Chupich: My fashion tip would be to always wear a pop of color in your outfit. When you look good, you play good.

What are three of your favorite shows?

Chupich: I don’t watch much TV, but a show I’m binge watching now is “The Walking Dead.”

What is the toughest part about golf?

Chupich: The toughest part of my golf game is keeping my swing consistent. I went through a period where I lost my swing, and it took many lessons to rebuild it. Also to keep a positive mindset when I’m having an off day with my game.

I also wanted to add a huge thank you to everyone who voted. It means a lot to know so many people support me.

Alex Kantecki

Alex Kantecki

Alex is a sports writer for the Northwest Herald with a focus on preps. He has been with Shaw Media since 2014.