Temple: 'I tried to have fun and remember why I play'

April 19, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior Anna Temple is experiencing her best season of collegiate golf in 2003-04. Temple has taken over four strokes off of her average since her freshman season and has been nationally ranked all year. The Berkeley product discusses what it's like to be a fourth generation Golden Bear, her love of history and her plans for the future.

How did you get your start playing golf?

'My dad started me playing because he couldn't play tennis anymore because of back surgery. So, he made me and my brother play golf with him on Sunday. When I really started playing I was 14, but when I was 12 we started playing. It would take us 50 shots to go up and 50 shots to go back. I don't count that as playing.'

Why did you decide to transfer to Cal after playing a year at Wisconsin?

'It was too cold, for one. I knew going into school the first time what I wanted. I thought that Wisconsin was the team that I wanted to be on. I thought what they had was what I wanted. Then, I got there, and I realized it wasn't the right fit. There was nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't what I wanted, so I decided to come back here because Cal and Wisconsin were my first two choices the first time around. So, I figured I wouldn't be too far off if I came to Cal the second time.'

You're a fourth-generation Golden Bear. Is there a lot of talk about Cal at family gatherings?

'My grandfather (Ed Witter) and uncle (Robert Witter) are big with the rugby program. They come down to every home game. If we're here, I'll meet them because I know that my uncle will be sitting in his Suburban outside the gate watching the game from inside his car. Mostly if we talk about Cal, it's with my uncle because he's so involved with the rugby team.'

How much did playing on the Collegiate Asian Tour over the summer of 2003 help your game?

'Playing on that helped a lot. It was very relaxed. It was go have fun, play a round of golf, enjoy it, meet new people and go out afterwards and have a good time. When I got back home, it was a lot easier to play in competition. I tried to have fun and remember why I play.'

What do you enjoy besides golf?

'I really like history. My big thing right now is watching the History Channel or reading history books. I spend hours online at Amazon.com buying books. So that's my thing right now.'

What do you want to do after graduating in December?

'Short term, I'm going to try to play for awhile after school. I don't know in what capacity or in what country, probably America. Eventually, I'd like to go to grad school, but I can go to grad school anytime. I know I want to get my masters in history, but with that, I don't know exactly what I want to do. I want to get back into college athletics somehow, either as a coach or administrator. I really like the interactions that the student-athletes have.'

What will you miss most about Cal when you graduate?

'Being around my teammates. We spend so much time together. We have workouts three days a week, so I see them at 6 a.m. We see each other until 6 or 8 at night each day practicing. It's 24-7 I see them. When they're still playing next semester, I'll still be able to see them, but they'll be off doing their thing. That's probably what I'll miss most.'

What's been your most memorable moment as a Cal golfer?

'The most memorable was winning Pac-10s last year. We called everyone to tell them we won.'

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