Conversation with Golf's Scott Travers
Entering his final college season, Scott Travers (ST) is ready to take his game to the next level. He talked to www.santaclarabroncos.com about his recent tournament success, what it will take to make it onto the PGA Tour and who he thinks will win this year's British Open.
SCU: When did you start playing golf and who was the biggest influence on your game growing up?
ST: I started playing when I was two years old. My dad has been my biggest influence growing up. He took me out on the golf course when I could walk and I have been playing ever since.
SCU: What has been your biggest golfing achievement?
ST: I would say winning the UCI tournament at my home course in Irvine. It was a collegiate tournament my sophomore year and I won individually and the team won overall. I was happy to win at home and happy that everyone on the team played well.
SCU: You lost in the quarterfinals of the State Amateur Championship to the defending champion. What were your expectations going into the State Amateur? Were you happy with your result?
ST: I wanted to get past the first two rounds and into the final 32 match play. I knew that if I got to the final 32 that anything could happen there. It was a pleasant surprise to play the course as well as I did and I was happy to make it to the quarterfinals. It was definitely a step in the right direction and a good experience in a difficult tournament.
SCU: You spend a lot of time with your teammates on the course and going to tournaments. How have your relationships with your teammates grown since freshman year? Are you more of a leader now as a senior?
ST: I spend so much time with my teammates I feel like I know them inside and out. We hang out a lot off the course and a lot of the guys live together. We play matches against each other during practice and there are bragging rights.
I feel like I have become more of a leader as I have gotten older. I like to lead by example and improve everyday.
SCU: Has your mentality and approach to the game changed since you were a freshman?
ST: It has changed a lot since I got to Santa Clara. I used to treat each round as life or death; and I put a lot of pressure on myself to play well. Now I have more fun out there and don't get down on myself after a bad round or too high on success. There is a good balance there that I didn't have when I got to Santa Clara.
SCU: Where do you see yourself in five years? Are you going to play competitive golf after you graduate?
ST: I would love to be playing golf competitively in five years. It would be a dream to get my PGA Tour card and play professionally. Those guys live the life and get to play the best courses in the world each week and I would love to join them on the weekends.
SCU: What do you think you need to work on most in order to take your game to the highest level possible?
ST: Although golf is supposed to be relaxing, sometimes you have to treat it like a job and grind through practice. I have to have a strong work ethic and always be doing something to improve my game. You have to work on what you are weak at and never be satisfied because there is always something that you can improve on.
SCU: You have one day left on this earth and a tee time with three others at any course in the world. Where are you playing and who is in your four-some?
ST: I would play a match with my dad against Tiger Woods and his dad at Pebble Beach. I think we could put up a pretty good match and I would love to play with Tiger.
SCU: Do you have any superstitions?
ST: I always put a dot over the number on the golf ball when I mark my ball before a round. I also like to mark my ball with a nickel when I'm putting. Something about the size and weight make it feel like the perfect ball mark.
SCU: Who do you think is going to win this year's British Open and why?
ST: I can't go against Tiger Woods. I think he is over due to win another major. From the rest of the field I would say Jim Furyk has a good shot at winning. He is very consistent and usually plays well at majors.
Favorite Golfer: Tiger Woods
Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant
Favorite Club in your Bag: 8-iron
Favorite Food: Mexican
Dream Girl: Megan Fox
Favorite Vacation Spot: Las Vegas