Player's Take: Brett Coletta
August 08, 2018
By Brett Coletta, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada player
Australian Brett Coletta has had a solid first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season. The Melbourne native made five cuts in seven starts and has a tie for fourth to his credit, at the Staal Foundation Open in mid-July. Last week, at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship in Edmonton, Coletgta tied for 15th. Coletta, who turned 22 last month and has been a pro for a little more than a year, played in three 2017 PGA TOUR tournaments, making the cut at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and tying for 25th. Coletta also won the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Queensland Open in 2016, the first amateur to win that title since Stuart Appleby, in 1991. Coletta has made himself right at home in Canada this year, learning, among other things, that Nanaimo is not only a city in British Columbia but the name of a mean dessert that he just had to try.
My favorite movie is “The Shawshank Redemption.” It’s all about the plot twist toward the end. I catch it a few times at home every year. And it’s on the main channels, not even the movie channels. I won’t watch it when it’s on, but I’ll push record so I can re-watch it.
I love my music. I’m listening to a bit of rap and a bit of contemporary, alternative stuff. I like San Cisco. It’s good, alternative Australian stuff. I saw them live in Melbourne, at Phillips Island.
I’ve had three holes-in-one but only one in competition. That one came in my last event as an amateur. It was on the seventh hole at Commonwealth Golf Club. I hit a 7-iron about 180 meters or so. I was struggling on the day, and it was stupid to go at the pin. It was just a no-go. But I thought, Who cares? I’m going at it. I landed it on a dime, and it went in.
I was 15 when I made my first hole-in-one. It came at my home club. We were out playing nine holes in a cart. It was the eighth hole at the Sandhurst Club Champs Course. I hit an 8-iron. It was a back pin, and the green slopes down, so I couldn’t see the ball. I was looking for it for a few minutes over the back, behind the green. I finally found it in the hole. I still have pictures of that in my phone. I probably still have the ball. I just don’t know where it is.
I’ve never putted with a vintage Ping putter, but I have one that is a replica of the famous Ping Anser—just one that uses modern technology.
I’m not a very good cook. I can get by. Let’s put it this way. I could live. I’m not sure what I cook is going to be great, but I could live.
Pasta is my go-to meal. You buy your mince meat from the grocery store, and you throw it on the stove, get it nice and brown. Then you get some tomato paste, and if you’re feeling good you add in some garlic and a bit of onion. Then you get your penne pasta and that’s your meal.
As for other food, I steer away from seafood for some reason. I just get a little concerned about it not being cooked right and then getting sick. I try to steer clear of anything that’s going to get me sick.
The Mackenzie Tour has been my home all season. I was talking to someone at Q-School in Comox [British Columbia], and I said, What’s the one thing I need to eat here in Canada? And she said, a Nanaimo Bar. I had no idea about it, and I didn’t even know it was an actual place. We ventured out and got a 30-minute cab ride just to try a Nanaimo Bar. It was nice. It was pretty similar to a Caramel Slice that we eat in Australia.
I’ve had terrible jet lag in the past, and there have been times where I’ve been good to go in a day and a half. Sometimes it’s taken me four or five days to feel all right. When I go to Canada, I go Melbourne to L.A. and L.A. to Canada. It takes 26 hours, door to door, which is terrible. It’s rough, and it puts a lot of strain on your body.
When I was younger, I played cricket. I had to make a decision when I was about 14, 14-and-a-half years old. Do I put down the cricket bat or stay with it? I was on the verge of playing state cricket, but I chose golf. I just enjoyed the individual side of golf. I think it might have been the right decision.