Skyline assistant coach Brian Mogg (left), Skyline senior Matthew Mogg (center) and Skyline head coach Gary Mogg (right) have an undeniable passion for the sport of golf. Photo courtesy of Gary Mogg

Skyline assistant coach Brian Mogg (left), Skyline senior Matthew Mogg (center) and Skyline head coach Gary Mogg (right) have an undeniable passion for the sport of golf. Photo courtesy of Gary Mogg

It’s all in the family

Golf has created an unbreakable bond for the Moggs.

When the Moggs gather around the dinner table or take a ride to the grocery store, golf is almost always certainly on the lips and minds of each member of the family.

Skyline Spartans boys golf head coach Gary Mogg, Spartans golf assistant coach Brian Mogg and senior golfer Matthew Mogg are together on a daily basis as all three of them are fully immersed with the Spartans golf program. Gary, who is in his first season as the Spartans head coach, was an assistant coach during the 2017 season as well. Gary was a member of the Washington State University golf program in the late 1980s and thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge on the fairways and putting greens with members of the Spartans golf team.

“I’m loving every minute of it. I wish it would last more than just two months,” Gary said of the 2018 fall season. “It is definitely a highlight having Brian at my side and having Matthew as a team captain. It has just been incredible. We’ve been talking about golf for so long. I don’t want to say it’s second nature to them, but it kind of is.”

Brian, who followed in his father Gary’s footsteps by golfing for the WSU Cougars men’s golf team during his college years, jumped at the chance to return to his alma mater to coach with his dad.

“It is really cool to give back to a program that I was part of,” Brian said of Skyline golf. “To be able to do that with my dad has been really cool and to be able to coach with my little brother on the team has been awesome as well. Coaching with my dad has been a great experience. Ever since I was little, we’ve been talking about golf. Getting to coach with him and doing everything we can to make the team/program better has been really cool.”

Gary wants the golfers on the Spartans roster to not only thrive on the golf course but also in the real world down the road.

“What I enjoy most about coaching is the opportunity to help kids not only as golfers but also to mentor these young men with their life decisions. We want to help them go on to college. Hopefully they will look back on this experience (high school golf) as something that helped them grow as young men and succeed in life,” Gary said.

Matthew enjoys learning from his older brother and his dad on a daily basis on the links.

“It has been really awesome. I definitely embrace it. It is a cool experience. It is really cool just hearing their experiences and have them be official coaches for our team,” Matthew said.

Matthew is thrilled to be one of the Spartan team captains on the links.

“My freshman year (2014 season) my older brother Chris was a senior captain so I kind of got to watch him and see how he did everything. It’s been really awesome helping out the other guys on the team,” Matthew said.

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