Welcome back to ouTTakes! Let’s talk about golf.
This summer, Maryland senior Ludovica Farina qualified for the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s in England. That’s a particularly impressive feat for a college golfer who had to knock off touring professionals to make the field. Farina missed the cut (she shot 73-84 in her two rounds) but enters this college season as confident as ever.
I caught up with Farina a couple weeks ago. Here’s our conversation and more in the latest episode of ouTTakes.
If you’re unfamiliar with what this show is, it’s a new podcast we launched in May with the goal of showing Maryland sports figures in a new light and allowing listeners to view them (and us, the student reporters) as people. Our pilot episode featured Maryland basketball’s Darryl Morsell and Reese Mona and focused on athletes’ lives on campus.
The gap between episodes No. 1 and No. 2 wasn’t supposed to be five months, of course. Other events during the summer both in and outside College Park kept us from continuing the series. Hopefully, it’ll be just a few weeks before we come out with No. 3.
Some highlights from this show:
- Our conversation starts at the 2:06 mark with an overview of the qualifying process and the logistics of a 12-person playoff (it gets busy).
- Eight minutes in, Farina talks about looking up to Paula Creamer and other American golfers growing up. She says she played for at least four years with the came pink Precept golf ball as Creamer. Those two faced off in the British Open qualifying playoff; Farina earned the spot ahead of her idol.
- The conversation shifts to college golf and the international recruiting process at 14:51. We discuss Maryland having such an international-heavy team (there were no Americans on the squad last year and there’s only one this season) at 18:32.
- Farina explains what attributes separate the best in the world from players like herself at 21:59.
- At 25:20, Jared Goldstein joins me for From the Stands to talk about our own competitive golf experiences, how the world’s best would fare at the University of Maryland golf course and the still-developing proposal that would build a track and field stadium, five recreational fields and 600 surface parking spaces on holes No. 1, 9, 10 and 18 of the course. (Yes, we’re biased on this matter.)
- Jared’s podcast farewell to Testudo Times—he took a job at InsideMdSports on the 247 network earlier this month—comes at 40:53.
Thanks for listening, and we hope to have more of this for you soon.