Each week during the fall semester, NewberryWolves.com will feature a Q&A interview with a freshman member of the 2010-11 men's golf program. This week's installment highlights Ben Firebaugh.
Full name: Benjamin Firebaugh
Birthdate: June 13, 1991
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
Growing up, how did you get involved with the game of golf? Who or what drew you to the game?
When I was growing up, my dad was a club professional at a local golf course. I would go to work with him and practice while he worked. He has been the biggest influence for me with golf.
What is your favorite aspect of playing golf? Why?
The thing I most enjoy about golf is the fact that it's unique. You're the only one you can blame for a bad play and you are the referee.
When did you first hear about Newberry College? What initially drew your interest about the school?
I first heard about Newberry when head coach Brian McCants recruited me to come play here. His overall interest level, the time and effort he put into recruiting me drew my interest.
How much time per week do you spend devoted to your golf game? What are some things you do to practice and get better?
On average, I spend 20-30 hours per week devoted to my game. When I go to the course, I try and at least play nine holes and work on short game. A good practice session would involve an hour of hitting balls, an hour of putting, an hour chipping 18 holes and then work on whatever I didn't do well after the round.
What is your favorite non-golf related activity? Why?
My favorite non-golf related activity would have to be watching college football.
If you could play any other sport than golf at the collegiate level, what would it be? What position would you play?
If I could play any other sport at the collegiate level, I would play soccer and play goalie.
What are some of the differences between college golf and the golf you've played at other levels?
When playing college golf, you are playing competitive golf every week and multiple rounds in a week. Whether you are playing in a qualifier or an actual tournament, you are always competing which is a good thing.
What are some of your personal and team goals while representing Newberry's golf program?
While at Newberry, I hope to help take the team to the next level and win a national championship. While winning a team national championship, I hope to be an all-american.
Thanks to Ben for taking the time out of his busy schedule as a student-athlete to talk to NewberryWolves.com.