Avondale, Pa. • Kennett High School
April 25, 2011
One of the finest golfers in Delaware history, Justin is closing out his third year as the Blue Hens' No. 1 golfer in 2011. A third-year transfer from Charleston Southern, Justin has enjoyed a remarkable career at Delaware, capturing the Colonial Athletic Association individual title and advancing to the NCAA Regionals during the 2009-2010 campaign. His stroke averages of 72.55 in 2009-10 and 72.87 this season both led the team. During his career at Delaware, he posted 19 Top 10 tournament finishes and won medalist honors six times.
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1. What is your major/minor at Delaware?
I am an international relations major.
2. What has been your best experience playing golf at Delaware so far?
My best experience playing golf for the UD team was winning the Colonial Athletic Association individual championships last spring.
3. Do you have any future goals when it comes to golf?
I’m turning pro in June and my goal is to earn full-time playing status on the PGA tour.
4. What has your experience been like at Delaware?
I have had a phenomenal experience at Delaware. I consider all the guys on the team as my brothers and we push each other to be the best we can be on and off the golf course.
5. Who was the biggest influence on your overall career?
My father has had the biggest influence upon my career. I was never pressured to play the game of golf. He taught me the importance of dedication and hard work, which inspired me to develop a strong work ethic to hone my skills.
6. Why did you decide to transfer to Delaware?
I transferred to Delaware from Charleston Southern my sophomore year to be closer to home and continue working with my instructor John Dunigan. Also, I was looking for a more academically challenging school and Delaware fit the profile.
7. What are your duties as a member of the SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Council)?
At SAAC meetings, we discuss the challenges we all face as a student-athletes and talk about possible ways to help student-athletes overcome them. We also find ways in which student-athletes can contribute in the Delaware community.
8. What were your feelings on being named CAA Player of the Year last year?
It was the perfect compliment to a great season. I felt honored to be named the CAA Player of the Year and that all my hard work had paid off.
9. What were you feelings on earning a spot in the 2010 US Amateur Championships?
Making it to the U.S. Amateur has been a goal of mine for many years. I earned the final spot at my qualifying location by making birdie on three of the last four holes. It was exciting for me and an experience I’ll never forget.
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