Feb. 10, 2012
NORMAN, Okla.--Oklahoma sophomore golfer Anne-Catherine Tanguay has already assembled a personal record-breaking season, and the Sooners' spring campaign hasn't even started.
Back in October, the Quebec City, Quebec, product won OU's own Susie Maxwell Berning Classic and led the Sooners to the second of two fall team titles. Her 5-under-par second-round 67 was her best ever 18-hole score and marked the first bogey-free round of her life. Tanguay recorded top-20 finishes in OU's other three fall events, including an eighth-place showing in the competitive Golfweek Invitational.
In advance of the Sooners' Feb. 13-15 spring opener at the Northrop Grumman Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., SoonerSports.com caught up with Tanguay -- who goes by "A.C." -- to ask the burgeoning star about her progress this season, the memories she has made at OU and other personal topics.
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Q: What do you think is the biggest difference in your game from last year to this year?
A: "I gained a lot of distance last year. I try to incorporate it in my game. I think my putting has improved a lot, too. It's kind of the two ends, the tee shot and then the last shot. Now I kind of need to work in the middle. To improve my putting, I did a lot of maintenance practice. So I would just do the same thing over and over again until you get it the way you want to."
Q: Describe a day in your life as a student-athlete, from the time you wake up to when you go to sleep.
A: "Right now I only have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so the rest of the week I can focus on golf all day. I have workouts at 6:30 in the morning, so I wake up around 6 go to those. I'll come back home, have breakfast and shower. Then when I go to class I'll be there from 9 to 2:45. Then I'll go to practice until dark. Finally, I'll be able to go home, have dinner and then just watch TV and do homework."
Q: Who from the team do you hang out with the most and how do you describe your relationship with them?
A: "I hang out the most with Jackie (Marshall). We just think alike and we just always have a lot of fun. We love to go get pedicures. I also love to hang out with Taylor (Schmidt) and Ja (Jao-Javanil), as well. We just go to the mall or try new restaurants. We all like to try new things."
Q: Who were your sports idols growing up?
A: "It was Annika Sorenstam, because my coach relies a lot on Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, who wrote books called `Vision 54.' It is a vision that you can play 18 holes under par and birdie every single hole. I know that Annika was following that vision. So it's it kind of how I always grew up, by being really structured and organized."
Q: Do you have any superstitions or rituals before a round or a tournament?
A: "I don't really have any rituals but I do believe in karma. So every round, when everyone tees off, I wish good luck to my playing partners and I wish them to play well. Because I don't want karma to come back to me."
Q: All of your spring tournaments are away from Norman. What do you do to keep yourself entertained during road trips?
A: "You can ask all my teammates, but I am addicted to watching TV shows and movies. My favorite TV show is `Dexter,' but it's not on right now. So I also like to watch `The Voice' -- I'm super addicted to that right now. And for movies, I like comedies a lot. I hate all scary movies, but the comedies and love stories are my favorite."
Q: What is your favorite OU golf memory?
A: "It is definitely when I won my tournament at the Susie Maxwell. It was just so great on the 18th hole when I made the little five-footer downhill for par. It was just such a thrill. It was just so fun because all my teammates and coaches and all of our parents were there to support me and cheer for me. It was just such a fun moment."
Q: If you could play a round of golf with anyone, who would it be and why?
A: "Tiger (Woods). He is just so famous and accomplished. It would be good to see how he thinks and how he acts. I think even with what happened with him, he is still the greatest golfer of all time. I think it would be just a great learning experience."
Q: What is your favorite course you have ever played?
A: "The best course that I ever played was this summer in Ireland. It was called Royal Portrush. It is one of the top-20 courses in the world if I'm not mistaken. It was just unbelievable. It is right by the water on the coast. It was just amazing. It was a links course, so there was a lot of wind and the temperature made it hard. But, it was still really, really fun. There were a lot of slopes everywhere. It was such a unique design. I loved it."
Q: What person has been the most influential in your golf game?
A: "My mom. She is not my coach, but she is my motivational coach. She has always been there to support me throughout everything I have been through. I think she is my No. 1 fan and my No. 1 most influential person. She is very driven. She can always find the right words to say."