Patricia Wong, a sophomore on the Pepperdine women's golf
team, had a strong freshman year, placing third on the team in scoring average and
earning All-WCC first team honors. Now as a sophomore, she's still one of the
strong players on the team. She reflects on her freshman year, shares what
she's learned, and what her goals are moving forward:
Q: Having now been through one postseason run as a freshman, how do you think that experience will help this time around?
A: The more experience, the better! Having played WCCs and NCAA Regionals my freshman year gave me so much excitement and motivation for this year's WCCs and NCAA Regionals. It's important to stay in the moment and to reminisce the good shots from last year but also to look at the goal that's right in front. So moving forward, we want to make it further than Regionals.
Q: Does it feel differently playing golf as a sophomore now as opposed to your freshman year?
A: I definitely feel like my freshman year, I had a lot of adjusting to do. Now as a sophomore, I know what it's like to be a full-time student and a full-time athlete and I don't need to adjust anymore. I just have to keep grinding and have fun out there.
Q: What do you think you learned the most from your freshman year that you'll take with you as you move forward?
A: I think as a freshman, I played free and fearless. I had nothing to lose. It was just the beginning of my college career. And now that I'm a sophomore, I can learn from that mentality and trust myself to play fearlessly.
Q: So you just got back from a match-play tournament, the SDSU March Mayhem, which is a different format than you typically play. What did you think about that?
A: Instead of going against a whole field of players, it's just you and one other opponent, battling it out until the very last hole. It was intense and thrilling at the same time. I loved it!
Q: You won three of your four matches, so you were the Waves' most successful individual there. How does that feel?
A: I don't have much experience with match play, so for me to go out there and win three of my four matches, I learned a lot and it really showed me a different perspective of the game. But I definitely think the most special part of it was having my parents, family, friends and teammates out there watching and supporting me.
Q: What are you focusing on for this season?
A: I am definitely focusing on having a positive attitude and mindset while I play and minimizing my mistakes on the course. I want to help the team as much as I can. At the same time, I want to enjoy every last bit of this season. It's sad to think I only have two years left!