With golf halted, Korte finds peace of mind playing music
March 24, 2020
By Communications, PGATOURLA.COM
- March 24, 2020
- Chris Korte, 23, is entering his second full season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
There is nothing like music, especially in days of uncertainty. Just ask PGA TOUR Latinoamérica player Chris Korte. With the coronavirus halting golf for a while, he has been devoting a good share of his spare time to playing the piano and the guitar while spending time at home in Highlands Ranch, right outside Denver, Colo.
“I find so much enjoyment and peace in playing the piano,” says the 23-year old, who picked up the piano at age five. “I took lessons from six to 12, but I became rebellious and quit. I picked up the guitar, but at age 15 I missed the piano too much and asked to be set up with an instructor again. I haven’t taken lessons in years, but I still love to sit down at any piano and get lost in the music.”
Some of the pianos he gets to play these days are located in nursing homes he visits whenever there is an opportunity. “When traveling to tournaments I love to find a local nursing home and spread some joy through music. It’s very unfortunate this isn’t a possibility right now due to the virus, but I’m looking forward to the days this can again be a reality,” he says.Chris Korte, then and now. On the bottom left picture he is with his mom, Laura. (Courtesy of the Korte Family)
Korte’s passion for music comes from his mother’s family. Actually, a distant uncle of five generations earlier on that side of his family is Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884), a famous composer from the Czech Republic. With those bloodlines, Korte, who has no interest in pursuing music professionally, comes by his talent naturally.
However, it’s golf he’s pursuing. A two-time winner of the Colorado Amateur and also the champion of the 2015 Colorado Stroke Play Championship, Korte picked up golf while in sixth grade. He believes his game has benefited from his music playing.
“I am so grateful I was brought up with the piano. It was an early training for complex hand-eye coordination, precision, and focus, all areas that parallel traits of an elite golfer,” says Korte, who turned professional in 2018 and is entering his second full season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
There is also more than golf and music to Korte, who has a good backup plan already in place if professional golf doesn’t work out. Paving the path for a future in medicine or healthcare, he earned a degree in biology, with minors in chemistry and psychology from the University of Denver. For the time being, though, it’s mainly golf—specifically PGA TOUR Latinoamérica golf, with a little music sprinkled in.
Says Korte, “As of now, I’m giving professional golf a hundred percent.”View this post on Instagram
Nada como la música, especialmente en estos días… 🎹🎶 Este es el jugador del #pgatourla Chris Korte tocando su piano. “Disfruto y encuentro mucha paz cuando toco el piano”, dice el graduado de la Universidad de Denver. “Comencé a tocar a los 5 años y tomé lecciones de los 6 a los 12. De pronto lo dejé y comencé a tocar la guitarra, pero a los 15 años comencé a extrañarlo y pedí que me volvieran a poner un instructor. No he tomado lecciones en años, pero me encanta sentarme al piano y perderme en la música”. . Nothing like music, especially these days... 🎼 This is PGA TOUR Latinoamérica member @chriskortegolf playing Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune. 🎹 “I find so much enjoyment and peace in playing the piano,” says the @denvermensgolf alum. “I picked up the piano at age 5 and took lessons from age 6 to 12, but I became rebellious and quit. I picked up the guitar, but at age 15 I missed the piano too much and asked to be set up with an instructor again. I haven’t taken lessons in years, but I still love to sit down at any piano and get lost in the music.” He says that his mother’s family is very musical. Actually, a distant uncle of five generations on that side is Bedřich Smetana, a famous composer from the Czech Republic. “I am so grateful I was brought up with the piano, it was an early training for complex hand-eye coordination, precision, and focus, all areas that parallel traits of an elite golfer.”