A WALK WITH A HAWK ... FEATURING: JON SEWARD
Seward (pictured) is a PGA Management major and aspires to win a MEAC Championship
Seward (pictured) is a PGA Management major and aspires to win a MEAC Championship

Sept. 27, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Division I athletics provides some of the most well rounded student-athletes that our world has to offer. These competitors are typically muscular, agile and tall. It’s a combination that is seen so often because of the competitive nature of intercollegiate sports. For some, the god-given talent is so evident that they can rely on natural ability. While for others, the only way to stay afloat is through hard work.

For University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s golfer Jon Seward (Ft. Washington, Md.), there has been no option other than working harder than everyone else.

Seward, who stands just 5’3 tall, has not had the luxury of waiting for things to come to him. He tips just 120 pounds on the weigh scale and uses it as is his motivation. In fact, it is what has got him to where he is at in life.

It is what pushes him every day.

“I am a short guy,” said Seward. “I have felt like I have had to climb harder to succeed than others in sports. My competitive drive is my motivation. I love winning and out working my competitors.”

Naturally, one would figure that someone with his size would be better aimed for a career outside of athletics or in poetry (which he is).

Outside of his golfing career, he is indeed a master poet.

“I write poetry,” said Seward. “Most people would be surprised to know that I was the Maryland State Champion for two years in a row for poetry when I was younger.”

Seward is a very versatile student-athlete and has played six sports over his amateur career. These sports, along with his success as a poet, make for a very busy schedule in the Ft. Washington, Md. native’s life.

It is golf, though, that holds the largest share of his heart.

Despite being actively involved in baseball and basketball, Steward was most successful in golf.  The DeMatha Catholic High School graduate was undefeated in individual competition in 2011 and received a silver medal in one tournament during his senior year. Academically, he was inducted into the Leadership Institute during his sophomore year and was awarded the best new journalist for the 2010-11 school year.

Golf is the sport that brought him to Princess Anne and Seward could not be happier in continuing his golf career at UMES.

“UMES is the perfect fit for me,” said Seward. “My biggest accomplishment has been becoming a Division I golfer and UMES has given me that chance. I can play golf here and they offer the PGA Management major. It isn’t too close or too far from home either.”

The PGA Management major is sharpening his skills on the course and in the classroom at UMES as he one day hopes of being a head professional at a golf course. His ultimate ambition is to be a professional golfer and he knows in order to achieve it, he must continue to work hard, day in and day out.

“The key to success is hard work and unbreakable dedication,” said Seward.

It is Seward’s dedication that may be the difference for the UMES golf team this season. The squad already has posted a quality finish at the Rehoboth Beach Invitational on Monday and is set to embark on their second tournament later this week.

His intense work ethic and positive mind frame are a welcome addition to the team. His goal is to win a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and such an accomplishment is well within reach when one puts the work in appropriately.

Please follow along each Thursday as we spotlight a new student-athlete from UMES.

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