A DREAM COME TRUE

Maverick Pavletich

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For Maverick Pavletich, a senior and sports management major for University of the Pacific, the dream was always crystal clear — to play Division I golf.

The road, however, was filled with trials and tribulations.

Still, thanks to his father’s influence and his own hard work and dedication, that dream was forged into reality.

Why University of the Pacific

Upon deciding which university to call home, Pavletich also took a very close look at academic offerings.

“One of the main reasons I was drawn towards Pacific is that I went to a private school for high school,” Pavletich stated. “So, I think having smaller and more intimate class settings really appealed to me. I knew that would be an environment I would thrive in the most.”

But despite choosing a school that checks all the boxes, no new chapter comes without any growing pains. The transition from high school golf to college golf, in particular, was one that Pavletich had to get used to.

“It’s a pretty big transition,” Pavletich said. “Tournament-wise, you don’t even know if you are actually competing. You have to earn your spot on the starting squad, so to speak. Up until that point in my life, I was usually guaranteed to play, but now, you’re almost qualifying internally first.”

These challenges weigh on all first-year students entering college, but for student-athletes, it’s especially difficult.

Luckily for Pavletich, he found a way to overcome those early struggles and established a routine that would soon allow him to excel on and off the course.

In 2021 and 2022, Pavletich even qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship.

One of the main reasons I was drawn towards Pacific is that I went to a private school for high school. So, I think having smaller and more intimate class settings really appealed to me. I knew that would be an environment I would thrive in the most.

The next round

Pavletich contributes a large part of his success to his coaches at University of the Pacific.

“They definitely know what it takes to win and be a really good golfer and make it to the highest level,” Pavletich said. “Their guidance has played a massive role in my last couple of years. I couldn’t be more grateful for their support.”

Combining all of his experiences, since stepping foot on campus in 2019, has turned Pavletich into a successful golfer and veteran leader for the Tigers.

With big goals and ambitions ahead of him, it would be easy to get distracted and start dreaming of competing at the next level.

But, for now, it’s all about finishing his collegiate career on a high note.

“As a team, I couldn’t think of a cooler thing than winning an event together,” Pavletich shared. “That’s the goal, without a doubt. We have to put ourselves in a position to win first. Sometimes, you need a little bit of luck, too, but I think if we can get ourselves in the right spot, it’ll be just a matter of time. We have a lot of talent to go off of, and we’ll be sure to do whatever it takes this year to capitalize on that.”