Feb. 13, 2007
Auburn senior golfer Jessica Lovell is a four-year letterman with 29 tournaments played and 5 top-15 finishes. She will be one of two Auburn seniors charged with leading the Tigers to the NCAA tournament for the third year in a row. Before the 2007 spring season gets underway, AuburnTigers.com sat down with Lovell to talk about her career at Auburn, her aspirations after graduating and the upcoming season.
AuburnTigers.com: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Jessica Lovell: I hope to be successful doing something, whether that's playing golf or working in the corporate world, maybe marketing.
AU: You help out in Auburn' sports marketing department. How is that going?
JL: I love it. I help them with the in-game promotions during basketball season. I help the staff get everything coordinated before the promotion actually goes onto the court. It's been a good experience.
AU: Who are some of your role models?
JL: I would have to say that my parents are big role models for me. They have done a lot for me and for my playing golf. They've been through a lot and set an excellent example for me.
AU: Are you superstitious on the golf course?
JL: I always use the same ball marker, and I always pray before I tee off.
AU: Would you change anything about the way college golf is played?
JL: I'm not sure that I would change anything about it. I would like a little more time between seasons, maybe. We have our fall season, and then we have a short break. We have spring then we go right into summer golf, so it's kind of a year-round thing. Other than that, I love it.
AU: What has been your toughest challenge since you came to Auburn?
JL: I would say finding a balance between school and golf, especially when you consider that we travel so much. There is a lot going on, and you have to step back and breathe and not let it get to you.
AU: What is the best thing about playing golf at Auburn?
JL: I get to do something that I love and represent Auburn. The school and the team mean a lot to me, because I have had the chance to travel, play on a great team and do something I love.
AU: What are your personal expectations for this spring?
JL: I want to keep working hard, play the best I can and do well in as many tournaments as possible.
AU: What about your expectations for the team?
JL: We have a very talented team. If we all come together and play to our potential, we will do really well this season.
AU: How are you handling being one of the senior leaders this year?
JL: It hasn't been that hard for me to step into that role. It is one of those things. I have examples from the previous seniors, so I and try to do things similarly because of the success this team has had in the past.