Women's Golf Q&A: Kelly McGovern

Jan. 28, 2016

Junior Kelly McGovern from The Woodlands, Texas, sits down for a Q&A session.

Q: Who would be in your ideal foursome?

A: Jordan Spieth, Paula Creamer and Barack Obama

Q: What was your best moment on the course?
A: Colorado over the fall. I hit 67 last day and had four birdies in a row. Also, when I hit a hole-in-one.

Q: What does Head Coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin mean to you?
A: She’s very motivating and really focuses on our strengths. She’s been very helpful with putting.

Q: What is the best part of the TCU program?
A: I love my teammates. We have such a supportive culture here in Athletics. The workouts are really intense, but they make all of us better players.

Q: What is your favorite team tradition?
A: When we’re competing in tournaments, Coach Angie will play this fork and knife game at dinner. She’ll wave them around and the players have to guess what she’s doing or making.

Q: What is playing on your iPhone/iPod right now?
A: Right now, I have Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney. Alex and I made a team CD with Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber on it.

Q: What’s your favorite part about TCU?
A: The dorms and living spaces are really nice.

Q: What made you decide on TCU?
A: I went to William & Mary my first year and loved my time there, but I wanted to be a part of a more competitive program. Brooke McDougald is a friend from high school and was really influential in my choice to come here.

Q: What does your nickname mean?
A: I have two, Popeye and Cadet. Only Coach Angie calls me Popeye. I roomed with April for a tournament and we were doing these intensive arm workouts. I started looking at my arms and April made fun of me. The girls call me Cadet because I lead all the warm-ups at tournaments.

Q: When you’re not studying or playing golf, what can we find you doing?
A: Eating and hanging out with teammates. I took the LSAT in December, so I’ve been studying a lot for that.

Q: Who is your inspiration?
Malala Yousafzai. I’m really interested in history and was really inspired by her book, I am Malala.

Q: Who is your favorite professional golfer?
A: Paula Creamer and Jordan Spieth. Both are very personable, have great composure on the course and are fun to watch. They seem like very well-rounded, good people.

Q: If you could play on any course internationally, where would it be?
A: I’ve played St. Andrews, and love that course. I would love to play a course in Thailand. I actually lived in the Middle East for three years in Qatar, so I have some familiarity with that part of the world.

Q: What is your favorite class at TCU?
A: I took an honors Bible class covering the Old Testament with Dr. David Grant. I enjoy learning about religion, so that turned out to be a really interesting class. I also took a class called “Africa and African Diaspora” that had a really cool global perspective.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: Sweet Home Alabama

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Buffalo wings

Q: Favorite place you’ve traveled?
A: Cape Town, South Africa. We went there for a family vacation. There were attributes of the city that reminded me a lot of San Francisco.

Q: If you could have a lesson from any golf professional - dead or alive - who would it be?
A: Hank Haney. He gives lessons to a lot of interesting people and I would find it to be an enjoyable experience.



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