St. John's Women's Golf Senior Spotlight: Jennifer Neville|
Dec. 9, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. – Red Storm Sports had the opportunity to sit down and talk with redshirt senior Jennifer Neville of the St. John’s women’s golf team following an impressive fall season highlighted by a first-place finish at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational (Sept. 8-9).
This fall, Neville finished among the top five in two of her four events and in the top 15 in each of the other two. Highlighting her fall was a first-place finish at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational where she carded an even-par 72 in the second round to finish the two-day event with a 147 (+3) to open the fall season. Throughout the fall, Neville averaged a team-best 76.0 stroke average and an impressive 74.75 average in second round action alone.
Catching Up With Jennifer Neville
Q: What has been your favorite part of being a member of the St. John’s women’s golf team for the past two years?
A: It has been amazing to be part of such a great team. I came from a school where there were 11 girls on the team so we would break off into groups, but at St. John's it has always been a small team so it keeps us very close with one another and with our coach. Everyone in athletics is very friendly and supportive so it feels like we truly belong to a family here at St. John’s.
Q: What has been your favorite memory on the golf course throughout your time at St. John’s?
A: I have so many great memories on the course. Winning my first event in a playoff and having my team out there to congratulate me at the end was one of my favorite moments. But also I remember our fist win as a team at the Richmond Spider Invitational in 2011 and all the goofy practice rounds we have, or whenever we go to tournaments and stay in villas and coach cooks for us (YUM!).
Q: What has been your favorite course to play on in your two years at St. John’s?
A: One year we went down to Kiawah Island and after the event we got to play The Ocean Course as a team and to this day that remains my favorite course. It was so beautiful and just such a great day with the team and coach.
Q: Which event are you most looking forward to playing in this upcoming spring?
A: I'm of course excited for the BIG EAST Championship, but I'm really looking forward to our event in Arizona because I haven't been there since I was young and will be excited to see what the courses are like in that area.
Q: What is your goal for your final season this spring?
A: My goal for my final season is to, most importantly, have fun and relax. I want to play well and break some of my own personal records, but I really just want to enjoy my final semester and leave school with that positive feeling.
Q: Off the golf course, what has been your most memorable moment in your St. John’s career?
A: My most memorable moment in my St. John's career has to be how I ended up here. After my first year at USF I wasn't sure I wanted to play anymore, but by the end of July I was sending out e-mails looking to transfer. I got in touch with Coach (Ambry Bishop) and two-and-a-half weeks later we flew up for a day to visit the school. Two weeks after that my mom and I were on a plane again to move me into the dorms. It was one of the craziest and most impulsive things I have ever done to pick up and leave Florida for New York, but it turned out for the best and I always look back and think how amazing things turn out when you don't hesitate and just go.
Q: What piece of advice would you give to an incoming freshman looking to play golf at St. John’s?
A: Learn how to balance your time with your school, golf and social lives. That is very important. With golf, don't take yourself to seriously and just have fun. It is your first year in a new environment and you'll need time to adjust, so don't be hard on yourself if things don't exactly go the way you hoped for on the golf course. If you just relax and have fun you will see that things will turn out well.
Q: What are your plans come graduation in May?
A: This May I will be heading back to Florida and looking to turn pro. I plan to play some mini tours down there and then head out to Q-School in August to try and get my LPGA Card.
Q: If you didn’t play college golf, what do you think you would be doing instead?
A: I was always a very dedicated kid when it came to my extracurriculars, so I'm sure I would have ended up playing another sport in school. I was very into soccer and gymnastics as a kid so I could see myself doing one or the other.
Q: What is a final piece of advice you want to share with your team before heading into your final spring season with the Red Storm?
A: Let's have fun! A lot of us are leaving this year so it would be really nice to end on a good note. We are all great players, so we just need to relax and trust our game and I think we can take it pretty far in the next season while enjoying the time we have left together!
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