Meet Camille Blackerby

Oct. 21, 2005

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Included below is a visit with TCU
women's golfer Camille Blackerby.

A three-time Academic All-America, Blackerby has also been a two-time All-Conference selection. The Breckenridge, Texas, native was named TCU's Female Student-Athlete of the Week for Oct. 17 after a second-place finish at the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C. TCU was third at the event.

Blackerby has recorded consecutive top-five finishes. She tied for fourth individually when the Frogs posted a 21-stroke victory earlier this month at Kansas State's Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan, Kan.

Q: Looking at the results from the last two tournaments, it appears things are coming together for the team.
A: After shooting under par in the first round at K-State, I felt our team was able to build some momentum. We have a lot of confidence right now in our team, each other and our ability to play and shoot really low scores.

Q: You were just one stroke away from an individual championship at the Lady Paladin Invitational. What was the key to your success?
A: I played well the last day. I went in with a good mindset just thinking that I needed to play really aggressive. I felt like I could use that to come from behind to win. I played well and hit the ball well. The last day I just made a lot of birdies. I missed it by one shot, but it was good to be in the hunt.

Q: What would you tell a potential student about TCU?
A: I really love it here. Our campus is so nice. There are so many new things and it has great things to offer. I feel the teachers are what separate TCU from the rest because they're so willing to work with you, especially as an athlete. They're just willing to work with your schedule.

Q: What is it like to play for Coach (Angie) Larkin?
A: I can't say enough about Coach Larkin. She completely defines our TCU program. She's done so much in making me a better player and a better person. She's great to play for. She knows when to get on you and when to give you a hug. I feel like she has really brought this program up.

Q: Is there anything from golf that you carry over to your studies, or vice versa?
A: I feel like golf has taught me a lot about responsibility, time management and keeping your word to others. Your teammates expect you to play well and your coach recruited you to play your best. That carries over to school where your teachers expect you to give your best every time.

Q: During the recruiting process, what sold you on TCU?
A: I've really loved TCU since my first recruiting trip. I'm from a town just two hours away and I initially did not want to go to a school this close to home, but I came to TCU and really loved the team. Coach Larkin has been a big seller of TCU. She just represents the program well and with class. Also, the academics were very important to me and TCU is very strong in that area as well as athletics.

Q: It seems that this team has a lot of camaraderie and is a particularly close unit. Is it an added bonus to have such a close group of teammates?
A: In high school, our team was successful when we were all really good friends. I feel like you have to come together, be united and have a common goal. Everybody on our team is pretty much the same age and we are all good friends outside of golf, which I feel has really brought us together. In the rough times we've brought each other up and when one person is struggling, the other four help them pick it up.



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