The Rutgers-Camden University golf team joined the North Eastern Athletic Conference two years ago, and since then has won two straight NEAC championships, earning the conference’s qualifier in the NCAA Division III Golf Championship. Needless to say, the team is filled with talent. Last week Andrew Pierson shot a round of 79 at the Susquehanna University Fall Golf Invitational. Pierson and fellow teammate Frank Wilkinson (Washington Township, NJ/Washington Township) tied for 13th out of 69 golfers.
The Gleaner has chosen Andrew Pierson as Athlete of the Week for his contributions to the Rutgers-Camden University’s golf team.
What made you decide to attend Rutgers Camden to play golf?
I never wanted to move too far away and Rutgers-Camden was the closest school with an NCAA golf program. I just wanted to play but I had no idea how successful we would be to this point.
Now that you are here, how does it compare to what you expected?
I wasn’t expecting such a good team, but 5 or 6 other great players came in the same time I did which helped us by being competitive with each other fighting for the top spot.
Besides practicing golf, do you have another fitness routine to prepare for the season?
I work at a country club and am always working outside, so I don’t have a set workout routine but that usually keeps me in shape for the season.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions before a match?
A lot of golfers have superstitions and rituals, but I like to just get out there and play. The less I have to worry about the better I usually do, so I don’t like putting any of that in my mind.
If you could choose a professional golfer to play a round, who would you choose?
I would have to play with Tiger Woods. I feel like I learn a lot just by watching him play on TV and would love to get a close up look.
If you could choose a non professional to play a round with, who would you choose?
I would like to play with Tony Romo. I love the fact how he is a great golfer on the side of his NFL career.
What’s your favorite course to play on?
We’ve been to many great courses since I came here so I can’t choose one. I grew up playing public courses so when we go to the upscale country clubs they’re all amazing to me.
Have you ever hit a hole in one?
Never had a hole in one.
Who is your favorite athlete?
Based only on athleticism I would have to go with Tiger Woods and Mike Vick. They have their problems off the field but I feel like they’re both doing right now and are still the two most exciting people to watch in sports.
It’s 2020, where are you and what are you doing?
I would love to find a job in the golf industry; no matter what I am doing I love the sport and it keeps me interested.