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 Chandler Gruenemeier.
Full Name: Chandler Todd Gruenemeier
Birthdate: Oct. 2, 1990
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Growing up, how did you get involved with the game of golf? Who or what drew you to the game?
When I was young, my family moved to Pinehurst, N.C. and my dad worked at Course No. 7. I fell in love with the game there.
What is your favorite aspect of playing golf? Why?
Golf is a gentleman's game and it's all honesty.
When did you first hear about Newberry College? What initially drew your interest about the school?
I heard about Newberry College from my dad when we were sending out my information and resume to different colleges. I was initially attracted to Newberry because of head coach Brian McCants.
What are some of your favorite non-golf related aspects of Newberry College? Of college life?
I like the small class sizes at Newberry and being on my own for once. It's been a big change.
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?
I spend no more than five days a week practicing. I need my time away from the course. To get better, I work on my short game. I'll never be able to explain how many times that my dad ingrained that into my head.
What is your favorite non-golf related activity? Why?
I love all sports especially anytime the Florida Gators are playing.
If you could play any other sport other than golf at the collegiate level, what would it be? What position would you play?
I would probably play football and my position would be tight end.
What are some of the differences between college golf and the golf you've played at other levels?
A lot more traveling than I'm use too.
What are some of your personal and team goals while representing Newberry's golf program?
My personal goals are to make the All-American team and our team goal is to win a National Championship.
Thanks to Chandler 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 Shaw James.