Tony Finau Reveals How He Helped a High School Football Team Clinch State Title: ‘I Made It Clear When I Talked to Them’

Published 01/08/2022, 2:20 PM EST
Apr 23, 2021; Avondale, Louisiana, USA; Tony Finau exits the 9th green during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Finau is probably one of the most underrated golfers on the PGA Tour. Finau has two PGA Tour wins and his second victory came recently at the 2021 Northern Trust. He ended a trophy-less drought of around five years at Northern Trust. Tony is also one of the most humble golfers on the tour.

Meanwhile, he arrived in Oahu with his family three weeks ago for a vacation. There, his good friend, who is also an assistant football coach at Kahuku High School, met him. He asked Finau to speak with the Red Raiders before they play for the state title. 

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Tony Finau inspires a high school football team for a victory

As Tony Finau spoke with the team, he shared with them the importance of staying hungry and working hard even during the losses or bad patches. Tony is the best guy to explain this as he went winless for around five years on the PGA Tour, and he knows it and doesn’t shy away from accepting it. 

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Moreover, his speech inspired the team so much as Kahuku thrashed St. Louis with a score of 49-14. This was their first-ever state title in six years. “I made it clear when I talked to them,” said Finau“I said I’m definitely not going to tell you guys how to play football because I would be way out of my lane.”

Aug 23, 2021; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Tony Finau hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during a playoff with Cameron Smith on the final round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, he said most of these players looked up to him as a Polynesian athlete. They look up to him how he conducts himself on and off the course. Additionally, Tony Finau is a great ideal or inspiration for youngsters to follow. 

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Tony is currently competing at the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions and is currently T27 with a score of -7. Hence, he will be moving into the weekend 11 strokes behind the leader Cameron Champ.  

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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