Each week, NewberryAthleticSite.com will feature a Q&A interview with a member of the 2009-10 men's golf program. This week's installment highlights freshman Trey Dennis III.
Full Name: David Allen Dennis III
Birthdate: April 2, 1991
Hometown: Moncks Corner, S.C.
Growing up, how did you get involved with the game of golf? Who or what drew you to the game?
Growing up, I wasn't really into golf. I played baseball just like my other friends. My dad introduced me to the game of golf when I was around 10 years old. I played once a week with my dad and a few of his friends. One day, I had to make a decision to either play B-team baseball or varsity golf for my high school. My dad and I talked and he told me the decision was mine and he would be happy either way. I chose golf, finally, because I knew that it was the sport for me. I definitely made the right decision.
What is your favorite aspect of playing golf? Why?
My favorite aspect of playing golf is that the game is relaxing. When I'm having a bad day, I can go to the course by myself, away from everyone else, and just play. Most of the time, golf calms me down and I feel a lot better.
When did you first hear about Newberry College? What initially drew your interest about the school?
I first heard of Newberry College after head coach Brian McCants contacted me after the 2008 4A State Championship. When I visited, I liked the environment and I especially liked the coach. He made me feel extremely welcomed when I came to visit.
What are some of your favorite non-golf related aspects of Newberry College? Of college life?
I really like how it is a small town environment because I grew up in a small town and I like it.
How much time per week do you spend devoted to your golf game? What are some of the things you do to practice and get better?
Most of the time, I spend about four to five days a week to practice my game. That's not as much as the normal hardworking golfer because I don't like to burn myself out. When I practice a lot, I practice my shortgame mostly because it is really important when it comes to playing well.
What is your favorite non-golf related activity? Why?
When I am not playing golf, I enjoy playing any sport with my friends because we all are competitive. We play basketball most of the time because we are all pretty good at it and the games really crazy.
If you could play any other sport other than golf at the collegiate level, what would it be? What position would you play?
If I could choose any other sport to play at a college level, it would be basketball. I am not too great at any other sport, I'm half way decent at basketball.
What are some of the differences between college golf and the golf you've played at other levels?
College golf is way more competitive and the scores are a lot lower than in high school or junior golf.
What are some of your personal and team goals while representing Newberry's golf program?
My personal goal is to have a stroke average of anything under par and as a team to win nationals.
Thanks to Trey for taking the time out of his busy schedule as a student-athlete to talk to NewberryAthleticSite.com. Next week's focus will be on Chandler Gruenemeier.