Q&A with Woojay Choi

Jan. 20, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa sophomore Woojay Choi recently sat down with hawkeyesports.com to discuss life as a member of the Hawkeye women’s golf program.

What has been the best thing about being a student-athlete at Iowa?
The whole opportunity that I get to have at Iowa. Being part of this team with a really great coach. I feel like not a lot of people have the opportunity to play a sport at a Big Ten school, so I’m happy about that.

What is your best golf memory at Iowa?
Everything. Going to tournaments, having team dinners together and volunteering at places like the Hope Lodge.

What impresses you the most about coach Menzel? What was your first impression when you met her?
She’s amazing. I think she’s the best coach I’ve ever had. She’s tries to understand everyone differently and has great communication with the entire team. I love what we are doing in practices — she doesn’t only make us practice physically, but she talks about mental aspect and the overall game of golf.

What are your goals for the spring season?
To qualify for every tournament. Sophomore year second semester I don’t think I’ll be having many classes that I’m going to be struggling with. I’m taking a lot easier courses this semester so I’ll have more time to practice golf and be on the golf course to put more time and effort in it.

What do you think the next step is for the Iowa program?
To continue improving and to become one of the top teams in the Big Ten and advance to regionals and nationals. I think we are getting closer every day. We’re practicing hard during the season to improve.

If you could play a round of golf with anyone, who would it be? Why?
My dad since I haven’t played with him for a while, and he always loves playing with me. I think if I got a chance I would want to play a round and spend time with him.

What is the best golf shot you have ever hit?
This summer when I won the amateur. The last hole I made a putt for birdie. That’s probably the most recent that I remember. I got it on in three and then I made a 15-footer for birdie for the win. That was the most amazing putt.

If you could give one golf tip, what would it be?
Confidence. Our strength coach said that confidence is your choice, so if you choose to be confident no matter what shot you hit on the golf course you can have a good outcome. Confidence is a really important thing.

What person has been the most influential on your golf game?
My parents and coaches.