Q&A with Andrea Waters
April 18, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Andrea Waters is one of three freshmen on the 20th-ranked California women's golf team. Waters has earned a spot in the starting five in four of five spring tournaments for the Golden Bears. The Jamul, Calif., product comes from an athletic family, as her mother was on the crew and track and field teams at San Diego State. Waters and her teammates will compete at the 22nd-annual Pac-10 Championships April 21-23 at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
CalBears.com sat down with Waters to discuss her rookie season, life as a Golden Bear and her interests outside of golf.
CalBears.com: Have you thought about a major yet?
Waters: 'I'm still not exactly sure, but I'm picking classes on the assumption that I am going to be an American Studies major with an emphasis in business and marketing.'
CalBears.com: You had a successful first semester in the classroom. Was it a tough adjustment to play Division I golf and balance the riggers of Cal academics?
Waters: 'It's definitely a challenge, but it's also possible. I learned that it's really all about time management and laying out my week - time for golf and practice, time for classes and studying, time for workouts and then time to go out and have time for myself.'
CalBears.com: You graduated 12th in your class of 500 students in high school. When you were deciding where to go to college, were you focused on choosing a strong academic school?
Waters: 'I went on the college hunt knowing that I wanted to be at a school that had academic prestige. I knew that I didn't want to sacrifice a good education for golf, but when I looked at Cal, I saw the No. 1 public university in the nation and a top-20 golf program. What could be more of a fit really?'
CalBears.com: What are some of your other interests or hobbies?
Waters: 'One thing that many people don't know about me is I love to write songs and poems. It's just the way I express myself, whenever I'm overwhelmed, I just start singing, then I grab my tape recorder and record. I also love hanging out with my friends and teammates here and going out to dinner and just living like regular students.'
CalBears.com: How did you get your start playing golf?
Waters: 'I got my first set of plastic clubs when I was three, but I went to my first clinic at age six. My whole family plays the game, and I would play the first three holes and then was content to just drive the cart. But after a while, I was hooked.'
CalBears.com: Does being a 6-foot-tall golfer pose any challenges?
Waters: 'I wouldn't say it's a challenge, but I would say that I definitely stand out. I always get the obvious question, `How tall are you?' or the `You are so tall!' comments. Sometimes when I'm wearing my Bear Days shirt around campus, I'll have people ask me if I play volleyball for Cal. The only time I really get a hard time from my team for it is when were taking team pictures, and I guess I have a tendency to tilt my head to be shorter. Coach won't let me do it.'
CalBears.com: What do you think you're known for on the team? Coach McDaniel has described you as an inspirational player who makes everyone around you better.
Waters: 'I'm not exactly sure what I'm known for. I know I like to have a lot of fun with the team, and I love to make them laugh, but when it comes to practice time, I just make sure I'm there with a `good putt, Shannon' or a `Rosie, great drive.' I like knowing I'm there for them. We're there to support each other and have a good time playing the sport we love.'
CalBears.com: How has your game improved since coming to Cal?
Waters: 'My golf game has improved a lot since I came to Cal in the fall. Through workouts, I feel that I am more of an athletic player. Through practice and working with coaches, I feel that I have a better grasp of my own game. Through working with Jeff Troesch (our psychologist), I feel I am more aware of my thoughts on the course. And through playing in tournaments, I feel that I have become more aware of me as a golfer and a player. Throughout this year, I have learned so much about the game of golf, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next three years!'
CalBears.com: The San Diego wildfires last fall came close to impacting your house in Jamul. What was that like for your family?
Waters: 'It was a very stressful time for me, knowing that I was so far away from home, and I felt so helpless, calling every hour when the fires were at their worst. When I went home, I went and looked at the damage, and it was amazing how close it came to my old high school and the town I live in. My dad, of course, was going to stay, with the hose and the house. But, I'm blessed it didn't get close enough for any action. Allie (Goodman) and I were checking in on each other throughout the week, making sure the other was okay and their family was safe.'
CalBears.com: Have you thought about what you want to do after college?
Waters: 'I really have no idea what I am looking to do after college. I've always been interested in business and marketing, which is why I'm majoring in it, but I am truly not sure exactly what I want to do after graduating from Cal.'