This week's edition of Meet the Terps catches up with rising sophomore Juliet Vongphoumy. Vongphoumy enjoyed a strong freshmen campaign and finished with the lowest single-season scoring average in school history.
Q: You had a fantastic start to your collegiate career this season and earned All-ACC honors as a freshman. How did it feel to be recognized so early in your career?
When my coach explained to me how one earns All-ACC, I was really surprised that I was selected because I know there were so many great golfers to choose from. But it felt wonderful to be recognized this early in my career and I can't wait to see how I measure up for next season.
Q: What is the strongest area of your game?
I believe the strongest area of my game would have to be controlling my emotions on the golf course. Some would even say that I have no emotions while playing. But I take pride in my patience and the way I handle pressure.
Q: What has been your favorite experience on the course and off the course at the University of Maryland?
My favorite experience on the course would be when the team plays a match or a game against one another. My favorite experience off the course would have to be when I went to King's Dominion with a few of my friends for Halloween.
Q: Of the courses you have played, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite course so far is Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Even though I didn't play this course as well as I wanted during the ACC Championship, I had a lot of fun getting my butt kicked by it. It really challenged the mental aspect of my game. Some courses, all you have to do is get the ball in the middle of the fairway, and then hit the middle of green. If you do that, you're less likely to worry about making a bogey. But Sedgefield Country Club required me to think ahead for a majority of my shots if not all of them. Since the greens were so fast and undulated, I had to really focus on where I needed to land my ball because miscalculating even one yard could have a drastic effect on where the ball goes.Q: What is/are your superstition(s)?
I am not a very superstitious person in general, but I do tend to pick up pennies with the face facing up without even thinking.
Q: If you did not play golf, what other sport would you play?
Q: What are your career aspirations after graduation?
I hope to play on the LPGA tour, but I've also thought of being a coach, or a teaching professional. Golf is the one thing I'm most confident in doing in my life and I love the idea that I can pass on what I know to help benefit another.
Q: What are your personal and team goals for next year?
A personal goal for next year is to win a tournament as an individual. I think our team goal should be to break our school record of three tournament titles because I know our team is capable of doing so much better.
Q: Which area of your game are you trying to improve for next year?
For next year, I would really like to know how to hit different types of shots, but most specifically a cut shot. I would like to be able to go from hitting a draw to hitting a cut shot without the fear that I might mess up.
Q: What is something you cannot live without?
I cannot live without a sense of humor or any kind of humor for that matter.