October 14, 2014 - by
Caron Goes On Record

By Jack Shields, FSU Sports Information Intern

The Florida State men’s golf team is fresh off of back-to-back second place finishes at the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational and the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. Finishing tied for 4th at the Fighting Illini Invitational and 20th at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate was Rowin Caron, a junior from the Netherlands. Rowin took some time to discuss golf, life transitions and everything in between.

On his transition from life in the Netherlands to the United States…

“I had to get used to everything a little bit. The culture is different. The people here act differently. So I had to get used to it for a little bit, but I don’t mind being away from home. I like it a lot here, it’s been good.”

On his decision to come to FSU…

“Actually, I wasn’t even thinking about going to college here (in the US), and Trey Jones, our head coach, saw me play at the European Championships in the Czech Republic. They sent me an email saying, “Hey, we just want you to come over and have a look.” My dad just said, “Let’s just go and have a look to see what it’s like.” I’d already heard of it and heard it was a really good program and heard a lot of good players came from here.  So I just came over here on a visit and saw everything and liked it a lot, so I decided to go here.”

On his favorite places to eat in Tallahassee…

“I like Asian food. I like Mr. Roboto and Long Garden.”

On the leadership role of the older the older golfers…

“We try to help them out as much as we can. I remember my freshman year like yesterday. Sometimes you don’t really know things, and we just try to help them as much as we can and just tell them if they have any questions just let us know. Our captain Hank (Lebioda) is really good with that. We try and help each other out.”

On the differences between golf courses in the US and the Netherlands…

“They’re a lot worse (in the Netherlands). The courses here are in a lot better shape. So that’s part of the reason why I came here, because it’s good for my future and for me to get better on courses like this because these are the courses you play on the PGA Tour. Golf is just a lot bigger here, so I guess they pay more attention to the courses and care more about them.”

On his contributions at last year’s record breaking USF Invitational…

“That’s why you play on the team. That’s what you want to do is to play well, but it’s really important to be there for the team. That was an awesome day. Everyone played really well and we shot the lowest round in school history and beat the field by a lot that day. That’s just an awesome feeling. That’s why you play golf here. “

On the areas he’s worked to improve on over the summer…

“Short game and putting. I felt like I had to improve that a lot, and I have. I feel like I’ve improved a lot and I’m playing a lot better now than over the summer. I really didn’t play that well last spring, but I’m getting better now and played well in our first tournament at Olympia Fields so hopefully I can keep this going.”

On the importance of playing so well at the first tournament of the year…

“It gives you a lot of confidence going forward, especially in that week because I didn’t hit the ball that well but just scrambled really well and got everything I possibly could out of my scores. It gives you a lot of confidence to know that you cannot hit the ball that well and still shoot a good score in a really good tournament and finish high on the leaderboard. It’s really good for the team, too, because we played really well as a team. And Josh (Lee), a sophomore, played really well there and finished sixth and got a really good last round. That just sets the tone for the semester.”

The Seminoles compete beginning Sunday at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational in Orlando, Fla. 

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