Q&A: Six-time Twin City Golf winner Tim Hoss Jr. talks this year's tourney


Listen to this article

Hoss is back for his 24th appearance in the Twin City Tournament, which tees off today at Champaign Country Club and concludes Sunday at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club in Champaign. N-G sports copy editor JOE VOZZELLI caught up with the six-time winner:

What do you remember most about last year's title?

I remember having a three-shot lead with a hole and a half to play and then blowing it. I remember feeling sick to my stomach, but in decent spirits as I sat by myself in the locker room to regroup. There must have been over 100 people gathered on the 18th green waiting to see who was going to win. I remember an ugly playoff hole and somehow willing in a six-foot par putt. It was special. I am looking forward to playing this year. It will be fun.

Why is this event so special to you?

I grew up around this event. I watched the event as a youngster and always wanted to be walking down that 18th fairway in front of the crowds on the final day. I caddied in it when I was 9, 10 and 11 and then played in my first one when I was 12. This year will be my 24th event. Each year has similarities, but each year is always new. It's a great event.

What clubs do you have in the bag? Anything unique? Maybe a good luck charm of sorts?

My clubs are just standard issue clubs but my putter is probably most special. I found it in a resale shop. It used to belong to a close friend who passed away last year. I'm sure he would be happy to know it's in good hands.

How much has your 3-year-old son TJ gotten into the game of golf? What have those father-son moments been like?

Seeing TJ hit the ball and putt it into the hole is a dream come true. I don't push golf on him. In fact, we play other sports together, but golf is and will always be the one sport he and I can play as we get older. TJ is more of a football bruiser type of kid. He wants to play football for the Illini, but maybe he will double letter. Who knows.

Sports Copy Editor

Joe Vozzelli Jr. is a sports copy editor at The News-Gazette. His email is jvozzelli@news-gazette.com.