Nash: 'It was more than I expected, in a good way'

May 19, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - Danielle Nash was the only freshman competing on the third-ranked California women's golf team this season. She saw action in five tournaments and shot a collegiate low of 72 in her first-ever round for the Golden Bears at the Stanford Intercollegiate in October. Nash sat down with the Cal Media Relations office shortly after finishing her last final today.

What was your last final in?

'Ethnic studies.'

How do you think you did?

'I think I did okay. Actually, I think I did really well. I had a lot of study groups for it this week.'

How did your freshman year go?

'It's over. I can't believe it. I knew I would have to manage my time and work hard and that it could be stressful at times. But, it was more than I expected, in a good way. I love it here. I've always wanted to come to Cal.'

Is it hard for you to not be at the NCAA Championships with the team right now?

'Like anyone, I'd love to be there. I struggled this year with my game. I learned a lot, especially from the coaches. I learned a lot about dissecting my swing and knowing how I could maneuver things. My short game has improved a lot since I've been here. It was frustrating. I wanted to perform well.'

What else have you been involved with on campus?

'My cousin is a senior here, and she was involved in the Hawaiian Club. I call it the Polynesian Club because it's not just people from Hawaii that are in it. They have an annual luau here in Berkeley. I got involved in that and did the luau with my cousin. I did Polynesian dancing. My whole family came. Most of my teammates and coach (Nancy McDaniel), along with her daughter, came. (Assistant coach) Anne (Walker) came, too.

What are your plans for the summer?

'I'll be playing a lot of golf and traveling on the East Coast to play. I've never really traveled across the country to play in tournaments, especially because it's expensive. I plan to work with my pro, Don Baucom, a lot. That's a lot of fun. I like doing that. I'll be playing in a lot of tournaments and hanging with my family.'

Are there other sports you enjoy?

'I love basketball. I played ever since I was a kid. I played soccer for a long time. I played volleyball. I come from an athletic family, so I played a lot of sports.'

How did you get your start golfing?

'We own a little golf course where I live about 15 minutes past my house in Loomis, Calif. My grandmother started it, and my family took over. My dad has been running the place really well with my whole family. My mom came overseas from Samoa, and she learned how to play. She taught me to play when I was seven.'

I understand you're interested in opening a caf� or restaurant. Where does your interest in food come from?

'My mom and dad are amazing cooks. I was fortunate growing up to always have good food. My mom did catering. They were going to buy a place in Sacramento and run a little caf�, but that fell through. Cooking and baking have been important in my family. I've always wanted to run my own business. It's been a passion of my mom's. I've wanted to maybe get that for her, and we could maybe do it together. We'll see what happens.'

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