When I took my official visit at UTC I was very impressed with what was offered. I had lived in Chattanooga four years prior to my official visit, but I was shown a new side of Chattanooga. I was able to experience two restaurants I had never been to before with the team. I was also very impressed with the campus and facilities. Chattanooga completely won me over during my official visit.
2. What has been your favorite memory as a Moc?
My favorite memory and the one that stands out the most is the 2012 Southern Conference Championship. Going into the tournament, we were not the favored to win. We had a hard semester leading up to the championship. Even though we were not the favorites, we came back on the last day after trailing by four shots. We fought with everything we had that day. I had no idea where we were as a team or where I was as an individual coming into the last hole. When I made my putt for par and everyone exploded into applause, I knew we had done it. As a plus, I received the individual title as well. I remember Maju, our senior, saying “The harder the road, the sweeter the victory” which could not have described our experience more perfectly.
3. What is your favorite thing to do other than golf?
I am proud to be a bookworm. I love to read anything and everything.
4. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m sad to admit that I’m afraid of the dark. Maybe not so much the dark itself, but the things that may go bump in the night. Sometimes I even have to leave my TV on until I go to sleep!
5. Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I’m the most relaxed person when I warm up before tournaments. When we arrive at the course the morning before the round, everyone heads out to begin their warm-up, but not me. I don’t take very long to warm up so I just hang out in the van and take the time to catch up on the latest social networking site. When I finally begin to warm up I just hit until I’m warm then it’s time to go out and do work.
6. How has being a student-athlete affected your college experience?
I often wonder what it would be like to be a normal student but it’s not something I would trade my college experience for. I stay busy but it’s always exciting, I’ve never had a dull moment. I couldn’t replace the opportunities and experiences I have come across these past four years.
7. What is your favorite place to eat in Chattanooga?
This is a tough one. I love foods of all kinds so picking a favorite is almost impossible. I’m going through a brunch phase right now so if I had to choose I would pick Tupelo Honey. I recommend the sweet potato pancake. It’s delicious and bigger than your head!
8. What is your first memory of playing golf?
I had an interesting start to golf. I come from a baseball family, so naturally I played baseball in the beginning. Unfortunately, I was terrified of the ball being throw at me at fast speeds. When T-ball ended so did my little league career. After trying a variety of sports without finding one that “fit”, my grandmother brought home Donna White’s Beginning Golf for Women, on VCR. She had purchased the video for 50 cents at a yard sale that day. I began watching the video with my grandfather who promptly decided I was going to grow up to be a professional golfer on the LPGA. My grandfather constructed targets on cardboard with distances spray painted on them in his back yard and bought me a Wal-Mart set of clubs. We watched Donna White give tips for beginning golfers multiple times every day and gradually my game developed. I have graduated from cardboard targets and have a real set of golf clubs, but I can still quote Donna White.
9. Who has had the most impact on you during your time at UTC?
My coach has definitely had the most impact on me during my time at UTC. With her help, I have been able to develop my golf game and have her to thank for my success. One of my favorite things about coach is that her door is always open. I know that if I need help or have a concern, she is always willing and up for a chat.
10. If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?
The degree of difficulty has been raised a notch since the question about my favorite place to eat in Chattanooga. It would be hard to choose just one person to have dinner with because there are so many inspirational individuals throughout history like Nick Vujicic, Martin Luther King Jr., and, to me, my mom, just to name a few. If I were to pick one person to have dinner with I think I would pick Rosa Parks. I think she is a very inspirational women because she stood up for herself and what she believed in. I sometimes have difficulty standing up for myself. I think Mrs. Parks would be able to give me some good tips on how to do what I think is right regardless what others think.