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 Jon Lussier.
Full Name: Jon Lussier
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Hometown: Burlington, Vt.
Growing up, how did you get involved with the game of golf? Who or what drew you to the game?
My father was an avid golfer and decided to get me involved with the game when I was young. At three years old, I began hitting golf balls in the front yard and since then I have not lost love and passion for the game.
What is your favorite aspect of playing golf? Why?
My favorite aspect of the game is that it's all on yourself. If anyone is going to succeed in the game of golf they must put fourth the time and effort. There is no team to back you up when its not going your way.
When did you first hear about Newberry College? What initially drew your interest about the school?
I first heard about Newberry at the golf academy I attended in Hilton Head South Carolina. I had heard great things about the school and the golf program which drew me to the college.
What are some of your favorite non-golf related aspects of Newberry College? Of college life?
Some of my favorite aspects about Newberry are how the students and faculty are willing to do just about anything to help others succeed as an athlete and as a student.
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?
In an average week, I usually get to the golf course about 25 hours doing different drills, hitting golf balls, and also playing the course.
What is your favorite non-golf related activity? Why?
My favorite non-golf activity is definitely hunting. I have been doing it for such a long time, and it still interests me.
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 did not play golf at a college level I would definitely play hockey. I played hockey for 11 years in my youth and really had the desire to play. I would play left wing because of my experience in that position.
What are some of the differences between college golf and the golf you've played at other levels?
The biggest difference in collegiate golf is the level of intensity. Before I entered college, I would play in tournaments and if I did not play well it meant I would try and play the better next time. In college, each shot is key to being successful as a team and by not playing well you let your whole team down.
What are some of your personal and team goals while representing Newberry's golf program?
Some of my personal goals as a Newberrian is to help the team to a national championship victory and improve as a collegiate player. I want make a tremendous impact on the golf program.
Thanks to Jon for taking the time out of his busy schedule as a student-athlete to talk to NewberryAthleticSite.com.