After playing in four tournaments during her freshman campaign, sophomore Julia Best has already played in three tournaments this fall. She currently holds a 76.8 stroke average and has matched her low round of 74 twice during the fall. The Bulverde, Texas native is coming off her best finish as a collegiate, a tie for 30th place at the Franklin Street Partners Invitational. She took a break from her busy schedule to Hit the Range with TexasSports.com.
Favorite Golfer: Laura Diaz
Favorite Course: Oak Hills Country Club (San Antonio, Texas)
Club You Use from 165 yards: 5 iron
Clubs You Use: Mizuno X-23
Golf Balls You Play: Titleist ProV1
On her golf game:
I worked really hard this summer to get my game ready for this season. I am pleased with my performance in the first three tournaments. But, I want to lower my scores, so I am continuing to practice and push myself to get better.
On traveling to tournaments:
Traveling to tournaments is your reward for working hard and is the motivation that gets you through all the workouts and practices. It is a lot of fun because our team chemistry is so good this year and everyone gets along so well.
On becoming more comfortable at tournaments:
I used to get so nervous that I would get off to a slow start and not play my first few holes well. But now, I have learned to take my emotions and use them to help me concentrate and focus.
On the role of fatigue during a tournament:
By the third day, your feet and legs are a little sore. But, the adrenaline starts flowing because being out there on the course is why I work hard every day.
On the best part of her game:
My driver is the best part of my game. I truly believe that I can't miss a fairway. Even though I do, I still think that each time I tee it up I will hit all fourteen fairways.
On coaches Watkins and Arnett:
Coach Watkins and coach Arnett believe in me and support me in everything I do. Coach Watkins is very knowledgeable about the mental game. If I ever feel uncomfortable about a shot on the course, she helps me get in the right frame of mind and concentrate on my pre-shot routine. Coach Arnett has helped me gain confidence. When she notices that I am being hard on myself about my game, she always reminds me of all the positives and successes that I have had. Their main focus is for each player to reach their potential and they are both willing to do everything in their power to help us get there.
On teammates helping each other:
Whenever someone has a bad day on the course, they are always there to lift you up. No one understands your struggles like your teammates, because they go through the same things you do. No matter how bad my day has been on the course, my teammates lift me up and tell me that they believe in me. We support each other so much.
On golf transferring to life:
I am majoring in Elementary Education, because I want to be a kindergarten teacher. You have to have a lot of patience with five and six year olds. Golf has also taught me that you can accomplish anything you want if you work hard enough. You get out of it what you put in.
On following golf:
I like watching the LPGA the most. I watch "Playing Lessons with the Pros" on the Golf Channel any chance I get. When my family gets together for holidays, we watch the tournaments that are going on. If there isn't one, then we watch old tapes of my golf lessons.