Q & A With Zach Bixler

April 24, 2008

The Husky men's golf team begins postseason play when it heads to Northern California for the Pac-10 Championships hosted by Cal, Monday through Wednesday. A trip back to the Meadow Club in Fairfax means senior Zach Bixler will be returning to the course where he shot 60 this past fall, becoming just the sixth collegiate player (and second Husky) to do so. Bixler took some time to sit down with GoHuskies.com correspondent Emily Florence this week to talk about how the season has gone so far, about the upcoming Pac-10 Championships and to share some reflections on his outstanding Husky career.

GoHuskies.com: How has your senior season been overall for you?
Zach Bixler: 'It's been an adventure. I started off playing really well in the fall and then in the spring I have been struggling. It's kind of been tough and with me being the only senior, I have been the leader and had to take on different roles. It's been fun but definitely different.'

GH: How did it feel shooting 60 back in the fall, knowing that only five other golfers have done that in NCAA history?
ZB: 'Well, I felt privileged but I kind of felt out of place because I just sort of had it going there for a day. But it's definitely pretty cool to see my name up there with some of the best.'

GH: Actually you shot a 60 where the Pac-10 Championships are being held next week. Do you see this as an advantage for you?
ZB: 'Yes and no. Yes because obviously I've played well at the course, but it's is going to be set up differently so it could be a whole different course.'

GH: The team also played really well at Meadow Club in Northern California, is that something the team is excited about?
ZB: 'I think we are thinking about that because our spring season has gone so poorly that we haven't really had any bright sides to it. So if we can get some confidence any which way then that will help. I think going into this tournament knowing that we play well there is definitely going to help.'

GH: What are the team's goals going into Pac-10's?
ZB: 'Just to play the way we know how and everything will take care of itself. We're kind of on the outside looking in you could say for making regionals.'

GH: What is it like being the only senior on the team?
ZB: 'It's definitely different because every year up until now I have had older guys who take care of me. I've had to take on new roles but it's been fun along the way. I have definitely had help from some of the other guys and with such a small team it makes it easier because I'm not looking after everyone.'

GH: To make regionals is obviously a big goal, what is it going to take to accomplish that?ZB: 'Like I said before we're kind of on the outside looking in because we haven't played well. We all have confidence in each other, so hopefully if we just find a way to get it done somehow.'

GH: What have been some of the highlights of your career?
ZB: 'Shooting a 60 and being an All-American my sophomore year was definitely a highlight. Winning the Washington State Amateur title as a sophomore as well.'

GH: What would you say is the best part of your game?
ZB: 'Probably my short game and ability to scramble I guess you could say.'

GH: Where is the coolest place you have traveled to for golf?
ZB: 'Ireland, it was pretty amazing.'

GH: What is your major?
ZB: 'Econ'

GH: What are your plans after you graduate?
ZB: 'Good question! I want to play golf professionally sometime and somewhere, I just don't know when and where. I might take a year off and just practice and work or I might just go try to play right off the bat, I don't know.'

GH: Who do you look up to as a golfer?
ZB: 'No one really professionally but my Dad, he played in college and just brought me up playing the game. So I go through him for everything. I guess you could say he's been my idol.'

GH: How long have you been golfing?
ZB: 'Since I was very little, probably like four or five.'

GH: What do you enjoy doing in your free time besides playing golf?
ZB: 'Playing Guitar Hero.'

GH: Overall, how would you say your four years at Washington have gone?
ZB: 'Great! I came in as a freshman on not much of a scholarship and not knowing where I was going to be. I played well and Coach Thurmond has been awesome to me, we've had a great relationship. It's been one heck of a ride.'

GH: Good luck next week!
ZB: 'Thanks.'

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