Interviewed by Alan Brads, Sports Editor
Q: What’s the best thing about playing golf for LCA?
A: The best thing about playing golf for LCA has got to be the snacks out on the course. Coach Sullivan always brings top notch food for me to eat while I’m in competition.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from high school golf?
A: My favorite memory comes from watching the men’s team play a home match. Payton was having a decent round that day and had some spectators out watching him play. On hole 4 he teed off, hit a tree, and the ball ended up 20 yards behind him. It was so funny and unexpected. The sound the tree made was honestly one of the best sounds I’ve ever heard.
Q: Who is your favorite professional golf player and why?
A: Inbee Park and Austin Ernst. I really like watching Inbee play because she makes it look so effortless. Her putting averages for 18 holes is crazy low. She also took gold in golf at the 2016 Rio Olympics. I like Austin because she doesn’t win a lot, but she still makes cuts and does well. Her playing style is fun to watch and her week in week out dedication to the game motivates me to do the same.
Q: Why did you choose Nazarene Olivet University?
A: l chose Olivet Nazarene University because they’re simply the best fit for me. They have an incredible women’s golf team and head coach. Coach Johnson has cultivated an atmosphere of learning and encouragement that I can’t wait to be a part of. On the academic side, I have had an opportunity to meet with one of the lead business professors and she is already my favorite prof. Their academic standards are high, so I will be challenged to do my best. Overall, ONU is the university that will best prepare me to achieve my career goals.
Q: What’s something everyone should know about golf?
A: Golf is a lot more athletic and mentally taxing than people realize. A round of golf is 4 to 5 hours. In real golf, you don’t get a golf cart, so you are on your feet walking around the whole time. Add in swinging a club and it gets pretty tiring. Stamina is a huge part of golf. I wouldn’t want to take anyone on in a race, but I could outwalk nearly everyone in the school. Also, mentally tuning into what is happening is important for serious players like myself. Imagine focusing on a math problem for 5 hours. It may not look like a lot of work, but your brain feels like pudding after.
Q: What are your goals for this year?
A: My biggest goal is to have fun. I’m playing with the men’s team for some of their events and being part of a team again is pretty cool. Some other goals are to maintain solid ball striking and a low number of putts per round. I’m aiming to do well in the sectional, district, and state tournaments too.