Athlete of the Week Archive

March 12, 2007


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Casey Ruff

When did you start playing golf?
"Ever since I was a little kid really. My dad was a club pro, so he kind of got me into it and he taught me everything I know. My whole family plays golf, so that's how I got started."

Growing up in Buffalo, did you follow the Wyoming golf program?
"Not a whole lot really. I didn't actually follow golf that closely growing up. I followed the football team and the basketball team, obviously, because I've always been a UW fan, but that's about it really."

When did you start thinking that you might like to come and play golf at Wyoming?
"Not until about my junior year in high school. I decided that I wanted to go and play college golf somewhere, and I always thought it would be cool to play at Wyoming and play for my home state. In the middle of my senior year, this is where I ended up wanting go and it worked out well for me."

How has this year progressed for you?
"It was tough adjusting to golf at the college level. Coming from Wyoming, you don't see the same amount of competition really, so instead of being one of the better golfers at the tournament, you come to college and there are about a hundred guys that are just as good as or better than you are. It's a lot different, but I've gotten used to it now and I am able to go and relax and I'm not as nervous."

Do you feel like you are improving with each tournament you play?
"Yeah I think so. Just the overall experience, coming from high school straight into college, I think has made me a better player. The competition and seeing how good people really are has made me better."

What would you say is the strength of your game?
"Probably off the tee. I don't miss very many fairways off the tee and I think that is probably the strong point in my game."

What is your favorite club to hit?
"It would have to be my driver."

What is the most memorable shot you've ever made?
"Probably my first hole-in-one ever would have to be my most memorable shot. It was after my junior year, that summer, and I was playing by myself actually, and this guy on the green waved me through and I hit it about ten feet past the pin and spun it back into the hole. It was pretty cool; I was excited."

If you had to play one other sport at UW, what would it be?
"It would be basketball. Golf and basketball were always my two favorite sports and I just love the sport. That would probably be what I would choose."

Is there a golfer on the Pro-Tour that you try to emulate your game after?
"Um, not really. I mean, definitely Tiger Woods; everybody wants to be like him. He's amazing."

What is your favorite golf movie of all time?
"It would have to be Caddyshack, or Happy Gilmore."

Where is your favorite place to eat when you are on the road?
"Anytime we can get some good Mexican food, I like it."

Jennie Finch, Maria Sharapova, Danica Patrick or Natalie Gulbis?
"Uh...I'm going to have to go with Maria Sharapova."