Pioneer Focus: Ashley Phipps


PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to sophomore golfer Ashley Phipps for her performance a few weeks ago in the Muskingum University’s Muskie Shootout when she finished fourth out of 35 competitors.

Sophomore Ashley Phipps holds her finish after a drive during the Youngstown State Invitational last year. She paced the Pioneers that day as well as she shot an 84. (Photo courtesy of Youngstown State University Athletics Department)

Phipps earned her fourth place finish by carding a round of 86, which led the team’s cumulative score of 366. The Pioneers were not as successful as a team as the women finished in last place out of the three teams.

Get to know the golfer from Hartville…

Q: Favorite food?

A: Chicken or seafood of any kind.

Q: Most embarrassing moment?

A: Shanking the golf ball- not much can be worse than that.

Q: Favorite aspect of golf?

A: The individual aspect of golf is my favorite.  It is easy to see improvement, and to set realistic goals against yourself.  When you mess up or play bad you can’t blame anybody but yourself.

Q: Most memorable round?

A: Winning sectionals my junior year of high school.  It was my first time breaking 80 and the first time any athlete moved through sectionals to districts from my school.  It wasn’t until then that I realized I had potential to succeed on the golf course.

Q: Favorite YouTube video?

A: A not so common one but – Japanese Marshmallow game.  Coach Curtis’ husband showed it to us over spring break, and it has been my favorite since.

Q: Facebook or Twitter?

A: Facebook- I have done missions the last five years and met friends all over the world.  Facebook is more universal than Twitter and allows me to stay in touch with all of my friends I met and see photos and other updates of them and their families.

Q: Least favorite Malone rule?

A: The amount of chapels I have to attend as a commuter.

Q: Best golf course you have ever played?

A: Not the best conditions but as far as scenery goes- Kona Country Club and the Big Island Country Club in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii were amazing.

Q: Best and worst part of college athletics?

A: Best- most tournaments are far away requiring 1 to 2 night stays in a hotel.  Because of this we get many opportunities to bond as a team and become like a family.  Worst- Missing classes and making up the homework and/or exams.

Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.

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