Q & A With Amber Prange
April 20, 2007
The Husky women's golf team is getting ready to host the Pac-10 Championships at Broadmoor Golf Course, April 23-25. GoHuskies.com correspondent Jill Bell sat down with UW senior Amber Prange to talk about the upcoming tournament and what her hopes are for the rest of the season.
GoHuskies.com: What are your expectations for the team at Pac-10's? What are your personal goals and team goals?
Amber Prange: Every goal should be to win. But in reality, I would love to have a top five individual finish and I would love to see our team either win the whole thing or finish in the top three. Especially, since we got off to a rocky start and have been very up and down this year. So for us to finish top three and finish strong, I think would be a great accomplishment.
GH: How special is it to be able to play in front of a Husky hometown crowd in Seattle for your final Pac-10 Championships?
AP: I am extremely excited. Especially since most of our home tournaments are half an hour away, like regionals last year were in Auburn. So it's so nice to be able to compete five minutes from campus. I worked at Broadmoor, so I know the majority of the members there. I'm going to have a good support system out there from the school and from other people I know in the area.
GH: So the next question was going to be if you were familiar with Broadmoor?
AP: Yeah, I worked there last summer in the pro shop with sales, marketing and retail.
GH: Do you have family coming in from Indiana to watch the tournament?
AP: My dad is here this week, but he leaves on Friday. He is just here to prepare me for the tournament and work with me a little. Then my mom comes in on Saturday. And then I have an aunt that lives in Port Townsend who will be coming to watch. I just have a lot of friends that have actually become my family, that will come and watch me.
GH: At your last tournament at Arizona State, you had one of your best performances of the season. Will that serve as good momentum for you heading into the tournament next week?
AP: It really will, because like the team was rocky earlier, I would have a good tournament and then I fell short of my expectations at Hawaii. So for me to come back at ASU and play the way I did considering the things I was going through, I was more than enthusiastic about my performance. It really is a confidence booster going into Pac-10's.
GH: You guys haven't competed since the first of April. Has having a long break from competition helped the team? What have you been working on during this time?
AP: Well looking back at last year, we had almost a month off (at this time). Like this year in the spring, we were rocky and we took a month off, we practiced, we prepared and we played. Regionals was held at one of our home courses (Washington National in Auburn) and we ended up finishing in the top-three and then we end up going to NCAA's and finishing sixth. So it showed me that maybe that time off, that hard practice and that hard effort together as a team will hopefully be more beneficial for us at PAC-10's.
GH: This year you have come into a new role as a senior leader. How has that gone for you, especially since you have three freshmen playing regularly in the lineup?
AP: I've enjoyed it, I really have. I love my team and our freshmen have been great. Freshmen can have their 'freshman' moments, but they've been great and we all get along awesome.
GH: Speaking of the freshmen, how are they adjusting to collegiate golf?
AP: I think they were more confident coming in, and just because of our overall team struggle earlier this spring I think we let it effect us too much. Seeing them at practice and at workouts, they are getting that confidence back. I know that in each and every one of them they have the ability to play well.
GH: Early in the spring, your head coach Mary Lou Mulflur said that chemistry was one of your team's strengths. Have you seen that come into play this year?
AP: Yes and I think its coming into play probably at the hardest times when we haven't played as well as we wanted. We'll leave the course and you'll have that half an hour where you're really disappointed, but you've got to get over it because you have other things to look forward to. So after that half an hour after we play we're already laughing and having a good time, smiling and supporting each other already.
GH: Your senior season is nearing the end- what are your goals for yourself and the rest of the team heading down the homestretch?
AP: We would love to win. At this point, I don't want to say we need to, but it would be in our best interest to play well at Pac-10's to help carry over into Regionals. At this point in time we can't hold back because we have nothing to lose at this point and have everything to gain.
GH: If you could name your top memory at Washington, what would it be?
AP: I would have to say a couple moments that are related to sports. Watching the men's basketball team beat Stanford on our home court two years ago, that was unbelievable. And then I remember my freshman year, the football team beating Washington State in the Apple Cup. I'm really excited for the football season next year, because I know they are going to do so much better.
GH: A lot of mention has been made about your family having a big golf background with your father being a golf professional and your older sister currently playing on the LPGA tour. Do you go to them for advice regularly? How have they influenced your career?
AP: I wouldn't be playing if it weren't for them. I talk to my sister every other day. She is also playing professional golf right now, so just as much as she's supporting me, I'm supporting her. And I talk to my mom everyday and to my dad every other day about golf related issues and where to improve, where to go from here to move on. They have been my number one support, my number one fans.
GH: Is professional golf in your immediate future? What are your plans after graduation?
AP: I've gone back and forth on whether or not I wanted to (play professionally) because of different opportunities that I have might. My performance at ASU just cleared my mind in a way to make me think I'm definitely going to try. It might not be for another year because I do need to improve my game before I step it up to the next level. I would like to try because I never want to look back and wish I would have or could have or should have. I never want to live life with regrets.
GH: Thanks Amber. Good luck in the tournament!