Next year, Kathryn Newton will go up against a time-traveling supervillain.
But for this Hollywood actor, the threats of the end of the universe are not in St. Compared to playing golf on the legendary Andrews Old Course in 50 mile per hour winds.
The lead role in the billion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe marks the latest addition to the 25-year-old’s blossoming acting career: she will play Cassie Lang, the daughter of the shrinking superhero from “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Quantumania”, which comes out in February.
But before there were superhero shorts, there was the short game. Having clubs before his feet, Newton’s love of golf naturally suited him in October at St. for the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Pro-Am tournament hosted at Andrews.
Along with four-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace of England, the pair battled against tough conditions to finish a respectable 118th in a star-studded field of 167 pairs.
“Playing is easier than golf,” Newton told CNN’s The Jazzy Golfer at the event.
“I don’t say that lightly because I have respect for actors and actresses. When I see the pros here today, I feel like they’re magicians or something.
“I see a lot of similarities in the mental aspect, but I think golf is very hard and to be really good, there is no other sport like it. Current items in Scotland… I don’t know how we should do it physically.
“I’m pretty impressed with the pros and I think I’ll stick with acting.”
That choosing between a career on screen or on the streets was once a very real dilemma is a testament to Newton’s golf prowess.
Raised on a golf course in Florida, he was a regular tournament competitor by the age of eight. At Notre Dame High School, his five-under score set a new nine-hole school record en route to three team league championships.
After shooting a 69 in an 18-hole event and regularly shooting in the 70s, she tried to earn a spot at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2012, Newton told Golf Digest in a 2015 interview. However, after landing the lead role in the fourth installment of the horror film franchise, “Paranormal Activity,” he dropped out of his category.
A burgeoning acting career, with starring roles in the drama series “Big Littles Lies” and “The Society,” soon put regular competitive golf on ice.
When he’s driving on his favorite course in the world and major winners Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick praise his swing, does Newton ever wonder, “What if?”
“Yeah, and then I think, ‘Thank goodness I’m not,'” he laughed. But give the choice between winning an Oscar and lifting a boss, and the answer is a little different.
“A major win, for sure,” Newton said.
“Acting is such a different thing, if you win that’s awesome, but there’s something commendable about golf, because it’s you: you did it, nobody can take it from you, nobody can doubt you, it was your day.
“Of course I would like both, but I think an Oscar or one of those things, it’s not a score on the scoreboard, it’s different. It’s very subjective, I don’t really know how you win one, there’s no ‘you have to shoot better than the other’.’
The Pro-Am also included a four-ball event that teamed Newton with Matt Wallace, Matt Fitzpatrick and Susan Fitzpatrick, mother of the 2022 US Open winner.
Newton told CNN his dream four-ball lineup would be Rory McIlroy, Robert MacIntyre, Billy Horschel and Maverick McNealy, with Tiger Woods just short.
At the Open Championship in July, the scene of Woods’ emotional walk along the 18th fairway of the Old Course, the Hollywood star was stunned when he asked the 15-time major winner and McIlroy for a selfie.
“I had no choice, I had to,” he said.
“The words didn’t come out of my mouth, but they understood.”
St. After three visits to Andrews, Newton is already planning another trip to the “home of golf” for the 2024 Women’s Open. The event returns to the Old Course for the first time since Stacy Lewis won it nine years ago. After being celebrated there in 2007 and 2013.
“I’m so excited,” Newton said. “I would love to be here when the women play here because I think they would tear this course apart.
“It’s one of the best places in the world to play, so I’m excited for the women to come out here and show the world how amazing they are.”
And as the women’s game continues to grow, Newton has a message for young girls to still pick up a club.
“If you’re out there and you haven’t played before and you think this sport is for old people, it is, but it’s for you too. I promise it’s fun,” he said.
“I’m so done with the question or surprise face when I’m at an event like this and they say, ‘So what are you doing here?’ and I say, ‘Oh, I’m playing’ and they say, ‘Oh.’
“That has to change. It should come as no surprise that he plays and probably kicks ass.’