April 23, 2007
In anticipation of the announcement of the NCAA Regional teams on April 30, sophomore golfer Lauren Cousart sat down with teammate Sara Young and seminoles.com to talk about her first golf experiences, her passions and her pre-game rituals.
Who got you involved with golf? When did you start?
“My dad got me started in golf and initially I did not like playing the sport at all. But in about the eighth grade I watched my older sister playing in high school tournaments and I saw her playing really well and how much fun she was having. I saw how much fun she was having and began playing in high school and playing in junior tournaments and quickly took a liking to it.”
What convinced you to come to Florida State?
“There are so many great things about being a student-athlete and playing golf at Florida State. The first thing that really attracted me to Florida State was the facilities and the degree that I’m working on — Professional Golf Management. The PGM program at Florida State is one of the best in the country. I also knew that the coaches were going to help me become a better player and that playing in the Florida sunshine would allow me to play throughout the year.”
What’s different about living in Tallahassee than back in Athens, Ga.?
“There are a lot of similarities between Tallahassee and Athens. Both cities have a lot of things to do and lots of activities, many different golf courses to play, and are great places to live. The only real difference is that I know everyone in Athens and my family is there. When I came here I had to make new friends and build an away from home family in Tallahassee.”
What are your personal goals for next season?
“My first goal is to continue improving as a golfer. I would really like to become a regular finisher in the top 15 in each event that we play during the season. I feel like we will have the talent to win ACC Championships and return to regionals every year I am on the team. Personally I would like to keep my stroke average below 75 and keep bringing my average down in each tournament.”
What are some of the perks of being a Florida State athlete?
“Being a student-athlete at Florida State is very special. It’s really great to be part of a team that is nationally ranked and its fun to have the number one amateur player in the world on our team. Just being a student-athlete at Florida State puts you in the company of so many world-class athletes. One of the few negative things is missing so much school and having to make up tests because of our tournament schedule.”
What is your motto or favorite quote?
“This season I have concentrated on believing in myself and having confidence in my game. I feel like I played well at the ACC Championship and I feel I’ve finally found the zone I need to be in to play well. It’s really just about expecting to make putts and playing well and knowing I can play well each time I am on the course.”
What’s your most memorable golf moment?
“My most memorable moments during my golf career have been the two hole-in-ones I have carded. Both have come on Halloween in the past two years which was pretty special. Besides my personal success, my most memorable moments have been playing in the two tournaments we won this yea. It’s been really great to have the whole team feel good about the way we played and get to take home a championship trophy.”
What’s your favorite sport other than golf?
“My favorite sport to watch is basketball because I know a lot about it. I played basketball in middle school. I also like to watch football, but I don’t know as much about it as I do about basketball.”
What’s your favorite golf course that you have played or want to play and why?
“My favorite course is definitely Pinehurst No. 2. I played that course during a junior tournament before I became a student at Florida State. Playing that course is awesome because you know it is where the US Open has been played and that Arnold Palmer, Payne Stewart and many of the golfers I admire have played there. I was really fun to play there were all the legends of golf have played.”
What part of your golf game do you most work on?
“Right now, I would have to say that I spend a lot of time working on my short game and putting. I am also working on hitting more greens. I’ve been working on putting and making sure that I make every four or five footer.”
Do you have a pre-round ritual or superstitions to help your golf game?
“I don’t think I’m very superstitious. I like to carry a good coin, either a Florida State coin or one my mom or dad gave me that I think has good mojo. If I don’t play well with a specific coin I don’t use it again. I also like spend about an hour before I play to hit a bunch of balls and warm-up. I usually try to make like 10 short putts and listen to them go in to give me more confidence before I tee off.”
If you could caddy for any player, who would it be?
“I would love to caddy for Babe Zaharias because she was the first woman to really stand out in the sport of golf. I would also like have caddied for Payne Stewart because I’ve always admired him. I would also like to caddie for Annika and Tiger because it would be great to watch and listen to the way they play the game because they are incredible players.”
If you could have superpower, which would it be and why?
“I wish I could fly. I think that would be really cool”
Do you have any pre-round meals that you like to have?
“I really like to have a good breakfast if I’m playing a morning round. I like omelets, fruit and yogurt before I go out to warm-up. For lunch I like to have a turkey or chicken salad sandwich. The night before a round I’ll usually eat a fillet or something nice because Coach Dillman takes us to a nice restaurant before each tournament.”
What are some of your favorite things to do with your free time/your hobbies?
“The one thing I enjoy doing when I am not playing or studying is shopping. I love shopping even though I probably shouldn’t spend the money on clothes that I do spend. I also love being outside or relaxing by the pool.”
Three words that describe me are?
The three words that best describe me are motivated, dependable and caring.”