Q&A with Allison Goodman

April 7, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - Allison Goodman has had an immediate impact during her rookie season on the Cal women's golf team. The freshman from San Diego owns three top 20 showings and boasts the third-best stroke average on the team at 76.2. CalBears.com sat down with Goodman today to discuss her season so far, this weekend's Peg Barnard Collegiate, the team's goals and her interests.

CalBears.com: What is your assessment of your freshman season?
'It's exciting and new. The beginning was a little tough because of an adjustment period. The first month or two were kind of rocky, but I got it back together in terms of golf. Everything is great.'

CalBears.com: How has the academic adjustment been for you at Cal?
'It's been fine. The high school I went to required a lot of you. It wasn't easy.'

CalBears.com: What aspects of your game have improved the most since coming to Cal?
'My game has definitely improved. I'm more consistent. My short game has improved tremendously since the coaches focus a lot on short game.'

CalBears.com: Why did you choose Cal?
'My two brothers, Seth and Brett, went here. They loved it. It's the best public university. In my opinion, the coaches are No. 1. The team is great. I was looking for girls who were actually friends outside of golf. I think it's really important on a team to have that bond. You're not just teammates. I definitely found that here. I wanted to stay in California. All that together, Cal was the perfect place for me.'

CalBears.com: This weekend Cal is competing at the Peg Barnard Collegiate as the top ranked team at No. 14. Is there more pressure on the team entering a tournament as the favorite?
'I don't think we've ever thought about that. The only thing that changes is that I'm excited (to be the top team this weekend) because I feel like we have a little more of an advantage. In terms of how we approach the tournament, it's the same as any other tournament. We don't think about the other teams necessarily. We just think about what we have to do to get the job done.'

CalBears.com: What are the team's expectations for the Peg Barnard Collegiate?
'There is only one expectation, and that's to win. We have had eight straight seasons of winning at least one tournament. So far, we haven't done that. This is our last chance before the Pac-10 Championships. We don't want to break the streak.'

CalBears.com: What does the team like to do together besides golf?
'We have a lot of dinners. We'll go to a girl's house, and we'll each bring something, or we'll order pizza and salad. We talk and hang out. We've gone over to Sofie's (Andersson) and Sophia's (Sheridan) house, and we've all cooked there.'

CalBears.com: How have Sophia Sheridan and Sofie Andersson helped you?
'They're role models for me. Sophia's and Sofie's work ethic are incredible. They're so dedicated and organized. They're both turning pro, so that's what you have to do. It's good to see. They've definitely inspired me to be a better player and person outside of golf.'

CalBears.com: Did you come to Cal believing you would be in the starting lineup as a freshman?
'I definitely carry as much weight on my shoulders as all of the other girls. Before I signed, I asked coach if she thought I would travel because that's what I wanted to do. I didn't want to come on to a team and not compete or redshirt. Coach said she hoped that I would. We have qualifiers, and the top five scores go. It's not like she chooses who goes. It's up to us.'

CalBears.com: What are the teams goals for the remainder of the season?
'A national championship is on our mind. That's our goal for this season. The coaches feel we have a strong team. I believe we can do it. Last year, we only lost by 10 shots (finished fifth). Ten shots is nothing. That's like two shots a girl or one shot a day per girl every round.'

CalBears.com: What are some of your other interests?
'I love to go shopping. I really love San Francisco, so I try to get there as much as I can. I like seeing movies. I love all different kinds, but I'm not really into horror movies. I like comedies. I like dramas. I room with a tennis player. I like to play tennis with her. We play when she's not traveling. I'm not too shabby. Before golf, I took some tennis lessons. I like playing a variety of sports. I used to play softball.'

CalBears.com: Have you thought about a major?
'Right now, it's mass communications. I'm thinking about changing it to ISF (interdisciplinary studies). If I don't turn pro, I'd like to go into marketing.'

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