ATHENS, Ohio - Throughout the 2013 men's golf spring season, OhioBobcats.com will sit down with members of the men's golf team to discuss their experiences on the links and some of the professional golfers they've looked up to over their the course of their careers.
The latest edition features senior Michael Lamping (Dublin, Ohio), who is coming off a top-20 finish at last weekend's NYX Hoosier Invitational.
Why did you decide to play golf at Ohio University? "I came to Ohio after a couple years at a small school in Florida. I ended up here because my teammate Paul Grauer was a junior here when I came in from high school. I talked to Coach Cooley and things fell into place just like it was meant to be."
What do you like most about being a student-athlete at Ohio? "From the support staff to the trainers to the coaches and other student-athletes, it's a great environment. There's so much opportunity here for the student-athletes and students in general. I couldn't be happier here."
What's been your proudest moment in an Ohio uniform? "The MAC Championship last year was a good tournament for us. We finished third as a team and I placed well individually. It set things up well for me to come back this year and work on my Master's degree and play one more year of golf."
What are your future plans? "I'll finish up my Master's this summer and then I'll be teaching at Culver Academy [in Indiana] next school year. I'll teach in the wellness department and hopefully work with the golf and hockey teams. It's a very fortunate situation and I'm very happy about it."
If you could compare your game to a professional golfer, who would it be and why? "If you could pick the most boring player on tour that nobody wants to go watch that would probably be me [laughs]. I'm not Bubba Watson, I don't hit it real far. I just kind of dink it around [laughs]."
What's the best shot you've hit this season? "This past weekend I was playing pretty well in the final round and I made a stupid bogey on 11, so I was a little bit upset about that. Then I made another bogey on 12 and missed a tap-in. Then I had a birdie on the next hole. It was uphill with a three-foot break and I made that. I don't know if it was the best shot I hit all weekend, but there are certain shots that become crucial shots. That birdie helped me get back to even par and helped me keep things going for a good final round."
What's your favorite course you've played and why? "We've played Pine Needles the past three years down in Pinehurst, N.C. I love that course. It's not overly difficult, but the setting is beautiful. They've had a couple U.S. Women's Opens there. It's awesome, well manicured, well kept and the greens are good."
If you could play any course in the world which would it be? "I'd play Augusta National because you have to try it. I'd probably play with Dow Finsterwald who went to Ohio and won the PGA Champioship, Bubba Watson who is probably my favorite player, and my dad because it's be fun to go out there and play with my dad. So that would be my foursome and that's where I'd play it."