Sitting Down With the Muskies
Feb. 24, 2010
CINCINNATI- This is the first of the “Sitting Down With the Muskies” golf edition features. This week we are highlighting junior Audrey Fellmeth. The Indianapolis, Ind. native has made one top-10 appearance during her XU career and six top-20 finishes. She sat down with GOXAVIER.com to talk a little bit about herself and the upcoming spring season.
GoX: When and why did you start playing golf?
AF: I first swung a club when I was in seventh grade. My dad played golf and we had a pretty big yard so he would take me out there to swing. We had a par-3 course by my house and I participated in a tournament which I won, there were only two other girls in it.
GoX: What is special about golf?
AF: It’s a great sport to play. It was pretty up and coming when I was trying to decide what sport to play when I was in high school. I wanted to play a sport that I could possibly play in college and get a scholarship for too. I just really enjoy playing and it’s a fun sport to play.
GoX: Why did you choose Xavier?
AF: I was actually looking between Xavier and Illinois which are complete opposites of each other, but I felt that Xavier was the better fit for me school-wise. I like the sense of community and the family-feel of campus where you are able to form relationships with people. It was also the perfect fit golf-wise for me because since we are building up the program I would be able to make an impact. I liked the coach and we play an awesome schedule.
GoX: What are your goals for the spring season?
AF: I would like to lower my stroke average. Every semester I seem to have a couple of high rounds and I would like to keep them low. Our team is really solid this season so we can make lofty goals that are actually realistic. We could raise some eyebrows and do well at the conference tournament.
GoX: Do you have a favorite trip you have taken as a team?
AF: I love going to Arizona, it’s a great place to go on spring break as a team too because we get to site see. Coach is really into having us enjoy the experience of being on a trip; we get to focus on golf and see where we are. At the tournament in Rio Verde we have families that host all of the golfers. It is a lot of fun, even our parents fly out, because the community holds a little cookout for all of us. Also, since there isn’t a lot of animosity between teams it gives us a chance to socialize with other golfers.
GoX: How do you get through the long, grueling days on the course?
AF: If you are playing a 36-hole day, you could be out on the course for upwards of 10 hours or more. As long as you keep eating and drinking you should be fine physically, it’s just more of a mental game than anything else.
GoX: Do you have any superstitions?
AF: I try to use the same mark on my ball. If I do really well one day, I try to use the same colored marker the next day.
GoX: What advice do you give the younger golfers on the team?
AF: It is a hard transition to go from high school to college in terms of athletics. In high school, you were probably the best on your team and you hold yourself to a high standard once you reach college. In collegiate golf, the courses are longer and harder so if you have a bad round the pressure can get to you. It is a really mental game. I try to tell the girls that they have the physical ability, it is just a matter of getting your head in the right place.
GoX: How would you describe your style out on the course?
AF: I’m a laid back player. I really enjoy playing and take advantage of the fact that I am able to play. When I’m relaxed and am not focusing on the score is when I do my best.
GoX: Favorite movie?
AF: My favorite current movie is Up!.
GoX: Favorite candy?
GoX: Favorite soft drink?
AF: Dr. Pepper.
Fellmeth and the Muskies are travelling to the west coast over spring break to participate in the Red Rocks Invitational February 27-28. Stay tuned to GOXAVIER.com for more information about women’s golf.