MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – She’s one of the best high school golfers in the state and she has a very unorthodox approach.

There might be no game like golf, where a deep breath can make such a difference.

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That is not the approach Roseville’s Olivia Salonek takes.

“I don’t know why, but the nerves just like help me,” Salonek says.

Yes, she’s a golfer who loves to get nervous.

“Yeah, like, actually, when I’m nervous, I want to do well, so when I’m nervous, usually it motivates me to do well,” Salonek said. “Like, if I play in a tournament and I’m not nervous, it just doesn’t go as well.”

Last year, the state tournament qualified as playing in a big tournament and Salonek was only a 7th grader.

“I was very, very nervous at state last year,” Salonek said.

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Which makes sense because she did really well.

“I can’t explain it. It was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been for a tournament,” Salonek said.

Which actually might explain it because it is possibly the best she’s ever done in a tournament. Salonek finished tied for 16th.

“I definitely surprised myself because I definitely did not think I would do that well, but I was very nervous because it was like a brand-new thing,” Salonek says. “I didn’t know what to expect at all, so I kind of just played it hole by hole and just hoped for the best.”

Now an 8th grader with a full season of high school golf under her belt, the question now is how does she keep playing well as she gets more experience, more comfortable and less nervous?

“Um, I haven’t quite figured that out yet, but I definitely know if I think about it, if I think about where I’m playing and how well I wanna do at the course, it usually makes me a little more nervous,” Salonek said.

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So there you go. Break every rule you’ve ever heard about sports psychology, scare yourself silly, get the jitters and stress your way to success.