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Who We Are: Chase Sienkiewicz

Chase Sienkiewicz - SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. -- Men's golf competes at the Maui Jim Invitational at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.Sept. 10, 2022. Photo by Zachary Bondurant / Arizona Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. – Whether you’re a weekend warrior on the golf course or an elite professional golfer, belief is a driving force to success. The life and times of Arizona Men’s Golf senior Chase Sienkiewicz punctuates that power of belief. Even when he couldn’t see himself as a college golfer, he always doubled down on being confident in himself.

“In high school when I was playing basketball and golf, I was not good enough to play college golf,” Sienkiewicz reflected. “I can say that matter of fact now that I look back. I think Coach Jim Anderson would even probably agree with me on that.”

Sienkiewicz was a sophomore at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, California when he decided to take an official trip to Tucson to visit the University of Arizona. He knew of the school after a couple of older guys at his high school came to Arizona as golfers. Sienkiewicz thought of the U of A as a “dream school” for him to attend as a student with no aspirations beyond that.

“When I took a visit to campus on my own as a sophomore, I had less than two percent chance of making it to Arizona as a golfer,” he said. “Coach Jimbo just met with me as a very low-level junior golfer without any bigtime status or achievements. Looking back now it’s just funny because at the time I was sitting in his office, I had pretty much no chance of playing here.”

A two-sport star in golf and basketball at Jesuit, Sienkiewicz had always been decent on the hardwood and on the course. He didn’t make the decision to focus on just golf until his senior year of high school, and that’s when things began to change for him. His confidence grew into belief and Sienkiewicz developed into a premier college golf prospect. A revelation of sorts after visiting campus with plans to attend Arizona as just a student nearly two years prior.


“I never really committed myself to just golf until my senior year of high school, and that was sort of when I broke through in terms of growing and developing into a collegiate golfer,” Sienkiewicz noted. “When my focus shifted to just golf, that’s when I really began to make strides in my game and get noticed more and more by college programs.”

That summer going into his senior year of high school, Sienkiewicz began to believe in his future as not just a college golfer, but a top player in the nation. A summer of…


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