Q&A with Allison Goodman

April 10, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. - Junior Allison Goodman has been a consistent performer for Cal over the last three seasons. Goodman earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a sophomore and all-region as a freshman. The San Diego, Calif., product boasts the second-best scoring average on the team this season at 75.0. Cal competes at the Peg Barnard Invitational Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, at the Stanford Golf Course.

CalBears.com sat down with Goodman to get to know the American studies major.

CalBears.com: The team is quite familiar with the Stanford Golf Course. With that said, what are the team's expectations for the Peg Barnard Invitational?

Goodman: 'Our expectations are pretty high. We know the course really well and feel like we have an excellent chance to win.'

CalBears.com: How has your game improved this season?

Goodman: 'My game has improved mostly in ball striking and short game. I recently got new clubs, so I have been getting used to the new ball flight, which is currently where I would like it to be. I fire at more pins and try to stick every shot.'

CalBears.com: What has been the highlight of your Cal career so far?

Goodman: 'The highlight of my career with Cal golf has been playing at NCAAs in Ohio my freshman year.'

CalBears.com: Did your two older brothers, Seth and Brett, who are Cal graduates play a part in your decision to attend Cal?

'Both of my brothers played a huge part in my decision to come to Cal. I grew up with Cal all around me. They had such amazing experiences here that I wanted that for myself, as well!'

CalBears.com: The team has already won two tournaments this season. Does the team have any sort of ritual after a victory? Do you talk the coaches into ice cream sundaes at the airport or anything?

Goodman: 'Unfortunately, we don't have a ritual after our victories...maybe that is something we need to consider.'

CalBears.com: If you wake up the morning of a tournament round and the weather isn't ideal because of rain, wind or cold, how do you approach the day and not let the elements influence your game?

Goodman: 'Weather can really put a damper in the day, especially for 36-hole days. However, we have done a good job of practicing in all conditions, so we are always mentally tough and ready for all conditions.'

CalBears.com: You list in this year's media guide that Jakarta, Indonesia, is the most interesting place you've traveled. What brought you to Jakarta?

Goodman: 'I spent a month in Asia last summer playing golf with the NCAA all-star team.' We traveled to Japan, Korea, mainland China, Hong Kong and Indonesia. The trip was life changing and truly opened my eyes.'

CalBears.com: I understand that tennis and race car driving might interest you if you weren't playing golf. What intrigues you about those sports?

Goodman: 'I have always liked tennis. My mom was a good player, so when I was younger she had me take lessons. It's an individual sport, just like golf, so I guess I find tennis intriguing. As for race car driving, I just like fast cars and the thrill you get going at high speeds.'

CalBears.com: Have you gotten a greater appreciation for the team's new short-game facility (The Scoring Zone) as the season has progressed?

Goodman: 'I have. After looking at other teams' facilities, I realized how lucky we are to have such an amazing facility to practice on.'

CalBears.com: Shannon Yocum mentioned in her talk with CalBears.com that you're usually the one who supplies the motivational quotes to the team during pep talks before a tournament round. How did you get put into this role and do you enjoy it?

Goodman: 'I don't really remember how I got put into that role. I think the team was missing a little motivation before every round, so I took it upon myself to get them psyched! I do enjoy motivating the team. Sometimes, it's hard to find the right quotes or lyrics though, so it can be stressful at times.'

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