Thursday Trifecta – UNLV's Taylor Montgomery
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Welcome to Thursday’s Trifecta. Each week, one Mountain West student-athlete will be featured by answering a series of questions.
Kicking things off in Thursday’s Trifecta is UNLV sophomore Taylor Montgomery. Montgomery is a member of the men’s golf team, currently ranked No. 19 in the country. The Rebels recently captured the team title with a wire-to-wire victory at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with Montgomery earning his first-career individual title on the collegiate level. The Henderson, Nevada, native finished the 54-hole event at 10-under-par (206), thanks to rounds of 68, 65 and 71 on the Eisenhower Club’s Blue Course.
Question: Taylor, welcome to Thursday’s Trifecta. It’s been a few days since you picked up your first individual title on the collegiate level. You entered the final round one shot off the lead. What was your mindset going into to those final 18 holes?
Answer: The last four tournaments I played in this summer I lost by one shot. So, I told myself to not lose by one again. Sometimes when you’re (near) the lead, you play too safe. I wasn’t going to do that, I was going to be aggressive. It felt really good to win because I worked really hard this summer.
Q: Your dad, Monte, played at UNLV (1988-92) for coach (Dwaine) Knight and was a second-team All-American in 1992. That makes you one half of the first father-son duo to play for coach Knight. When it came time for you to decide where to go to college, did the fact that your dad played at UNLV influence your decision at all?
A: It played a part. My dad had told me what it was like to play for coach Knight and I knew that coach wasn’t going to let me get away with anything. I liked that because I didn’t want to go to a place where it was going to be easy for me to do whatever I wanted. The structure was something I wanted, because that’s how you grow and develop as a player. Also, having grown up (in the Las Vegas area) and knowing a lot of people here, I wanted to stay in the hometown area.
Q: How would you rank these three golf movies: "Tin Cup", "Happy Gilmore" and "Caddyshack"?
A: "Happy Gilmore" would be first, "Tin Cup" second and "Caddyshack" third. They’re all great movies.
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