Play 9 with Haley Stephens
April 5, 2010
What club do you trust the most in your bag? I'm straight off the tee, so I've always felt confident with my driver.
Did you grow up playing any other sports? Yes, I played an array of sports growing up! I played soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, and I swam.
Who introduced you to golf? I was very fortunate in the fact that I was never introduced or pushed to play golf. I live on a golf course so I would play behind the house on my own time and eventually fell in love with the game. I guess you could say golf didn't find me, I found golf!
Who is the first person you remember wanting to beat at golf? I never had one person in my mind that I wanted to beat -- it was more like the entire field.
Do you have any pre-tournament superstitions? Yes, before I tee off I always have two tees, a ball marker and a divot tool in my right pocket. Always prepared!
Why did you choose to come play golf at The University of Texas? I just could not pass up the opportunity to play and compete for the best. UT has everything a student-athlete could ever ask for -- top-of-the-line facilities, trainers, coaches and academic support. Most importantly, I want to see the UT Tower burnt orange with a No. 1 on the side!
Which professional athlete do you most admire and why? Kurt Warner, because of his determination and work ethic. After his college career at Northern Iowa, Kurt was not drafted by an NFL team; coaches felt he simply wasn't ready to be an NFL quarterback. For Kurt, that was motivation to prove everyone wrong. Now retired, Kurt holds over 20 NFL records and a Super Bowl ring.
What other sports do you enjoy, participating in or watching? I love to watch men's college basketball. I love to play basketball as well, but always am up for any sport.
In college, how much have you learned to value course management, and how has Coach Richards helped in that area? I value course management a lot, especially since being here at UT. Coach Richards has spent quality time with me on and off the course to help me better my course management skills. We work hard during practice rounds to determine the best place to be on the greens, club selections for certain shots and so forth. After the rounds we spend time going through our yardage books to refresh what needs to be done on every hole.