Q&A With Chance Holmes

May 29, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Q&A - Chance Holmes

Chance Holmes recently completed his career at Oregon State with a 70 in the final round of the NCAA West Regional Championships, in Seattle, Wash. Among Holmes' highlights during the 2002-03 season were a career-best 66 at the Pacific Invitational, where he totaled a 6-under-par 210 to tie for 11th. Both of those results were career-bests. Holmes, from San Antonio, Texas, finished his senior campaign with a career-best 74.47 average in 21 rounds played. The following is from a recent question-and-answer session:

TALK ABOUT YOUR PLANS NOW THAT YOU'RE DONE WITH GOLF

'I'm finishing up and next week, and I'm leaving for Scottsdale, Ariz. I'm playing the Gateway Tour, where (OSU letterwinners ) Anthony Arvidson and Todd Deacon are. So I'm really looking forward to that; it's June, July, August, and September. I'm starting a journey.'

IT MUST BE NICE TO MEET UP WITH ANTHONY AND TODD AGAIN.

'Oh yeah. It'll be nice to see all the guys. Anthony has been down there a year, and Todd's been down there. I've got a lot of friends outside of Oregon State playing the tour. It'll be a good learning experience.'

WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN ABLE TO PASS ON TO YOU?

'Well, they say to work on your wedges and putting, because that's what you really have to have to take it to the next level. It's a putting contest, and your short game - everyone can hit it. It's different every single week; we're playing different golf courses that I don't know and I've never played - a few of them I've played. It's just picking up and going down there and going at it. It'll be a different environment - I've been here for five years, and I've been in my little place, and now it's a change. Coming from Texas, I picked up and came here. I've settled down here, but now it's time to move on.'

HOW WAS THE CHANGE FROM TEXAS TO CORVALLIS?

'It was great. A lot of my friends went to the University of Texas and Texas A&M. I just wanted to see a different part of the country, and I came up here and fell in love with the Northwest and the outdoors. Oregon State has a lot to offer with the facilities and the coaching, and it's on the rise. It's great - I've been able to experience a lot. I've seen the football turn around, and I've seen Oregon State move in the right direction.'

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR TIME AT OREGON STATE?

'Oh, wow. Where do I begin? I've learned a lot about myself. Coming in as an 18-year-old, coming by myself from 3,000 miles away, I was kind of like, 'Whoa, this is it.' I've learned a lot about myself, not only on the golf course, but off. I've learned what it takes to take it to the next level. You think you're good, and then you take it to the next level, and you realize you have so much further to go. I've learned what you need to do to go to the next level. I think I've become a lot more organized and structured. You just can't go out and say 'good luck'. I've learned how to have quality practice rather than quantity practice on the golf course. I've really learned how to get the most out of my day, being structured. With school, time-management is huge.'

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

'I'm most proud of... Well, it's expected in my family to get a college degree. But it's easier said than done, so I did it. I came here, did everything I needed to do, and I'm going to get my degree here in June, and I'm really proud of that. I'm proud of the fact that more than coming here and setting records or doing certain things, the biggest thing I take out of here is the learning process. Just like on the Gateway Tour, you can't really expect to play the mini tours and go out and win a lot of money. That's not it. Guys that go out there to make money, you're kind of in the wrong place. It's a learning experience to take it to the next level. Most importantly, I think I've learned and built a foundation to take it to the next level. That's what I'm really glad that I got out of Oregon State, is that I've matured as a person here, on and off the golf course.'

SO THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO MAKE IT TO THE PGA TOUR?

'Oh yeah. I'd love it. We'll see where things go. I'm really looking forward to this summer; I've got 15 tournaments in four months, so I'm playing every week. So we'll see where that goes and hope for the best. That's my goal, is to play with the big boys.'

WHEN YOU'RE NOT GOLFING, WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?

'I love to fish. I'm selling my boat, since I'm not going to have time for fishing. I love to snowboard, and I just love hanging out with my friends - I've met a lot of great people here. It's been real busy lately, with school, and packing and golf, I haven't had that much time off. I really like just spending time hanging out with my girlfriend a lot. I'm leaving her, so we're getting a lot of good time in.'

WHAT'S SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW, BUT YOU'D WANT THEM TO KNOW?

'I think sometimes I come across kind of competitive, and my first impression is different. Ithink I'm really a caring and genuine person, and I'm concerned and understanding of other people. I think I don't show that enough, but I'm really interested in what's going on with other people and the guys on the team. I think that's kind of a misunderstanding about me sometimes - I don't know, but I think sometimes I come across like that.'

ANY FAVORITE STORIES FROM THE GOLF TEAM?

'Hawaii has got to be one of the best experiences - getting to go a little early and play other courses with the guys - that's always been fun. A cool story from my first year in Hawaii: we all went out to dinner with my dad, and Greg Byrne, and my dad said if we shot a certain score that he'd donate a certain amount of money to the golf program. That was neat, because the next day, we all went out there - and we were praying the night before that it would be calm weather, because the wind blows so much there - and the wind was just howling as fast as it could. It was fun, and it motivated us toward the end of the season. It was kind of a learning experience. That was a strange year, we were all learning, but it was fun. We were all chasing something - it was like 'Come on guys, let's do this for the program.''

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE BOOKS OR MOVIES?

'I'm a huge Bruce Willis fan. I love the whole Die Hard series - I'm huge on that. A couple others: I love Lonesome Dove, and growing up as a kid, I always loved the movie Commando.'

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD?

'I'm really pulling for the guys. There are some great guys coming in next year, and this program is on the turnaround. I hand it to Coach Watts, he puts up with us, and we're all learning. Last year, we didn't make it to Regionals, and this year we made it to Regionals, so we're taking steps in the right direction. Next year, there's no reason the guys shouldn't be competing for the national championship. We have great recruits coming in, and I know Coach Watts is excited. We have a great practice facility, and we get everything we want - it's handed to us. So there's no reason we shouldn't take advantage of it and do something with it.'

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