Student-Athlete of the Week

May 4, 2012

Laramie, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week

Eric Parish

When did you start playing golf? Why did you start?
I started playing golf when I was pretty young, 5 or 6 probably. I am pretty sure I picked it up so I could beat my older brother. We have a pretty fierce rivalry on the golf course to this day.

What is your favorite thing about golf?
My favorite thing about golf is how you are basically playing yourself. I think you can learn more about yourself in one round of golf than a physiatrist could tell you in a year.

Being from Laramie, did you always want to play for UW?
Definitely. It was always my goal as a kid to get one of the UW golf bags with my name on it. Getting the opportunity to play golf for UW is definitely a dream come true.

If you had to play 18 holes with only one club, which would it be?
My father exposed me to the movie Tin Cup at a far too early age, so I have to pick the seven iron.

Where has been your favorite course to travel to and play on? Why?
To be honest every course we play is incredible. I enjoy playing courses close to Wyoming slightly more because I am more familiar with the style of golf and the ball falls further around here. We took a trip up to the Jackson area this fall which was pretty memorable. We played a course called Shooting Star which was pretty spectacular.

Are there any other sports you enjoy to play?
My two favorite sports outside of golf are baseball and hockey. I play quite a bit of floor hockey with friends over the winter.

Why did you choose Mechanical Engineering as your major?
I have always enjoyed math and problem solving so I entered college knowing I wanted to do something science oriented. I had an awesome teacher (Dr. Paul Dellenback) for one of my required lower level classes who sparked my interest in the Mechanical Engineering field. Speaking of Dr. Dellenback, I think I just failed one of his tests this morning.

Is golf something you would like to pursue after college?
I currently have no plans on playing professional golf. Professional golf is incredibly competitive and I would have to feel pretty good about my golf game to seriously consider it. We will see how the next few years on the course go. I am currently planning on going on to graduate school.

What is your favorite TV show?
I enjoy a lot of TV shows, but my favorite is probably Dr. Who.

What was the most recent movie you went to? How was it?
I believe Underworld was the last movie I went to. It was pretty good, lots of ridiculous fighting which is always fun to watch.

What are you looking forward to this summer?
I am definitely looking forward to just winding down after a crazy semester. Some highlights will probably be a family trip to New York, playing golf with my Grandpa, and playing golf with friends at Jacoby National. My teammate Casey Ruff better watch out.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Music is probably my favorite hobby. I have a lot of fun being awful at guitar and just goofing around playing music with friends.

Who is your role model?
I have a lot of them, but my brother Matt is probably my biggest one. He has always been a positive influence in my life and is a big reason I am where I am today. Matt helps me see what is important in life when I get really caught up in school and golf. My parents and grandparents have also been incredible role models. My family has been everything and more that a college kid could ask for.

What will you take away from your experience on the UW golf team?
Other than a lower GPA? In seriousness, UW golf has taught me an incredible sense of work ethic. Joe has helped push me to work as hard as possible, in both golf and school. The friendships I have made on the team are very important to me and will continue to be after my time at UW.