Student-Athlete of the Week

Oct 5, 2011

Laramie, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week

Taylor Smalley

What made you want to play golf competitively? How old were you when you started?
I can't remember how old I was when I first started playing, but my papa got me started when I was really young. And I'm a very competitive person; I competed in just about every sport in high/middle school.

How do you keep yourself composed when you are not playing as well as you would like?
Golf is completely a mind game, so I normally have a song stuck in my head that will keep my spirit up!

Have you ever lost your putter by leaving it on the green?
I have not lost my putter, but I have left a wedge before.

What is your favorite thing about going away on golf trips?
THE FOOD! And it's like a little vacation with some of my favorite people.

What is you favorite golf movie?
I would have to say Happy Gilmore.

What is more frustrating, hitting your ball into a water hazard or missing a putt?
Oh definitely missing a putt! You can come back from hitting a hazard.

Have you ever caused any property damage while golfing?
Hmmm, I've hit a few houses before, but I didn't check out the damage.

What is your favorite golf club? Why?
My driver, I like hitting the ball far! Plus I've always hit my driver more consistent than my other clubs.

What is your pre-shot routine?
I always take one practice swing, walk behind the ball, pick something out in front of the ball to line up, set up, wiggle to get loose, and then swing my swing.

What kind of music do you listen to before you play? Why?
Okay when it comes to music, I literally listen to just about every kind. Same on the golf course, it is completely random even before a tournament.

Golf is a sport you can continue to play for years and years after college, are there any other sports you like playing?
I miss playing volleyball.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Joe Manganiello

What is your favorite food, as well as your least favorite?
I would have to say, bbq ribs with garlic mashed potatoes and for desert, ice cream cake! And I'm not a very good eater when it comes to vegetables.

If you became a millionaire today, what would be the first thing you would buy?
Oh tough one, I would buy a pure bread Saint Bernard puppy!