Student-Athlete of the Week
April 8, 2013
You've got the Wyoming Cowboy Classic this weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz. What is your outlook for the event this year?
This tournament means a lot to me since this is the University of Wyoming's tournament and Coach Jensen does a great job of making it first-class. I feel very comfortable on the Talking Stick Golf Course and I'm looking forward to contending and sticking to my game plan. Our team is very talented and competitive, so I'm looking forward to the Cowboys playing hard and competing.
What are your goals to finish out this season?
I want to stay more patient, trust my ability, and play a little bit more consistently. It's been a tough start to the season, but even with the struggles there have been a lot of good things. Overall, if I stick to my game plan on a tournament-to-tournament basis, only good things can happen and I can be very competitive.
What is your favorite golf course you have played on? Which course would you like to play someday?
I love my home course in Jackson - it's called the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club. It's the oldest course in Jackson, but it's still a great course. It's not as prestigious as other courses that are in the area or that I have played, but I always have a great time playing there. I would love to play Augusta National because it has so much history.
How are Coach Jensen and Coach Readdy helping you develop your game?
Coach Jensen has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone and has challenged me to work hard, which will allow me to play the way I am capable of. He's definitely someone that will be able to make me better, and not by helping me with my game or swing necessarily, but making me mentally tougher and more confident.
What did you enjoy most about growing up in Jackson Hole?
The fact that I'm so lucky to be able to grow up and live in such a beautiful place means a lot to me. I love the mountains and what they have to offer. Growing up in Jackson has allowed me to do numerous sports and activities outside, based on the weather, but it also has allowed me to pursue other things in my life besides golf.
When did you first start golfing and when did you realize you could be pretty good at it?
My dad put a club in my hands at the age of two but I didn't get my first set of clubs until I was about seven. Growing up, golf was never a priority of mine and I focused on other sports. By the time I was 13 or 14, I became more involved with the game and started to play a lot more, which led me to want to play in college. I've always had ups and downs with the game but by the age of 16 or I believed I could be very good.
Outside of golf tournaments, practice and class/homework, what do you enjoy doing?
From the beginning of the spring semester to about the end of October I'm really busy with golf and don't have much free time. In the summer, I have tournaments and the weather is so great that I play every day. I just enjoy the occasional day off relaxing and watching TV. I'm hoping to learn how to fly fish this summer so I can stay fresh and get away from the game from time to time.
Do you have a favorite type of music you listen to before a round? Is there anything you do to mentally prepare for a tournament?
Typically, I don't listen to music prior to a round since I'm naturally excited and nervous before a round and don't need to be pumped up. I try really hard to get enough sleep and be mentally rested before a round, especially before the 36-hole days. Golf is really mentally demanding as well as draining, so making sure that I'm rested is definitely a key.
What has been your favorite class taken at UW?
I don't think I have one favorite course I've taken. I do take a lot of classes on Latin America because I find that region of the globe very interesting and a lot of fun to learn about.
What are your career plans after you earn a degree in international studies next year?
I've spent so much time practicing and preparing my life for golf tournaments that I would love to give professional golf a shot. Golf is such an interesting game because you never know who's going to make it and who's not. I've played a lot of golf with Keegan Bradley and I think that has given me the confidence to go for it. He was so underrated his whole life and now he is a Top 10 golfer in the world and a major champion.