Feb. 12, 2015
THE FLATS – The top-ranked player in the state of Georgia in the class of 2014 according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard, Michael Pisciotta was a consensus top 50 player nationally when he enrolled at Georgia Tech.
He played one tournament in the fall for Tech, the United States Collegiate Championship, following a pair of solid summer finishes in the U.S. Amateur qualifier in Atlanta and the Southeastern Amateur in Columbus.
Pisciotta earned six top-10 finishes in junior events over the three years prior to his enrollment at Tech, including a victory at the 2011 AJGA Huntsville Junior. He has been recognized for doing charity work, raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, when he received the Paul S. Simon Character Award at the 2013 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club, one of the nation’s premier amateur events.
He has two sisters – Caitlin, who plays college golf at SMU, and Carolyn, who is studying mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech.
Shoe Size: 11.5
Roommate: James Clark, Vincent Whaley, Drew Czuchry
Interests/Hobbies: Watching movies, playing other sports, and anything else outdoors
Three Words That Describe Me: outgoing, funny, intelligent
Favorite Food: Mexican or Italian
Favorite Late Night Snack: anything with Nutella
Meal I Prepare Most Often: chicken
Favorite Spot on Campus: golf office
Favorite Childhood Activity: traveling with my family
Favorite TV Channel: Comedy or FX
Moment in History I’d Like to Have Witnessed: I would have liked to have seen Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.
Celebrity Crush: Jennifer Aniston
Biggest Fear: heights or drowning
Job I’d Like Outside of Golf: owning my own restaurant
Favorite Sports Movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite Non-Sports Movie: Wolf of Wall Street
Best Sports Talent Besides Golf: Too hard to tell – have to say all of them
Favorite Pro Athlete: Tiger Woods
Favorite Pro Team: Atlanta Braves
Favorite Georgia Tech Sport to Watch: baseball
Most Memorable Sports Moment: I remember watching Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate in the 2008 U.S. Open in the playoff. This is when Tiger had his knee injury and still won his 14th major.
Pregame Ritual: wake up, eat breakfast, stretch
My Focus This Summer: my focus this summer is to win an amateur event, and make the U.S. Amateur.
Favorite Coach Heppler Phrase: My favorite Coach Heppler phrase is “You need to turn that pride meter all the way up.” Coach goes into how we need to do our best at everything; we should not slack off in whatever we do.
What I Like Most About Georgia Tech: I like how Georgia Tech forces the best out of you. Not only golf wise is Georgia Tech challenging, but everyone is very smart and if you do not keep up, it is easy to be left behind. I think that this makes everyone work harder to try to do their very best and to keep improving at what they do.