Whitney Wright, featured on Golf Channel’s Big Break Ireland, is working towards attaining that highly sought after LPGA Card. The best thing about this 28-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina is that she is not your typical up tight golf professional. Wright brings an upbeat and fun personality to the sport of golf, which it desperately needs.
Wright took the time to answer some questions about what she has been up to since we’ve seen her on Big Break and what’s to come next!
Interview Questions With Whitney Wright:
1. A lot of your fans know you from Big Break Ireland, what was the best experience you took from that show?
I met a lot of amazing people from Big Break Ireland and from the Golf Channel who are lifelong friends. The show also helped build my confidence for future golf tournaments.
2. Even though your time on the show was limited, did you have a super competitive or friendly nature with your contestants?
I have a very friendly nature with all the contestants. I believe we were all blessed to have been chosen for the show and we were all “winners” in my eyes because of that, but someone had to go home first and unfortunately it was me. I’m not bitter at all over the outcome of that.
3. What have you been up to since Big Break Ireland?
I’ve been a busy little bee. I’ve played in a few tournaments. I also made it to final stage Q-School last year but failed to get my LPGA Card. I’ve been giving freelance/private golf lessons in Raleigh. One of my most favorite things I’ve been doing recently is playing in charity golf events for great causes.
4. What is your ultimate goal with golf?
My ultimate goal with golf has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Don’t get me wrong I still want to play great golf and win tournaments like everyone. But here recently I have been enjoying giving back to golf what it has given me. I love doing charity golf events and seeing the look on someone’s face after we have raised money for their disease or a disease that has effected someone they love. That is priceless and makes me feel better than any win or pay check.
5. What do you consider the most polished aspect of your game? Putting? Driving?
Most def driving. I seldom miss a fairway. Sometimes I’ve even tried to hook it left just for fun and I can’t even make myself do it.
6. Describe how you prepare for golf tournaments?
By getting plenty of rest, eating healthy, and keeping my body in shape during the weeks prior to the tournament. It takes way more than just beating balls on the range to be prepared. I feel that you need to be mentally, physically, and spiritually ready everytime you put the tee in the ground for great results.
7. What is your fashion like on and off the course?
On the course I’m very colorful, loud, sassy, and I love wearing anything with rhinestones and glitter! Ha Ha. I also love wearing cute dresses and short golf skirts with matching golf shoes. Off the course, I would say I’m way more boring. My favorite color is black mostly bc as I get older I’ve noticed black makes me look skinner! ha ha :) I also wear lots of jewelry. Most of my friends call me a gyspy.
8. How do you stay in shape off the golf course?
By chasing my two little dogs around. ha ha :) No really, I walk and run with my dogs, lift a few weights, and try to watch what I eat.
9. Golf is struggling to bring in new golfers into the game, what do you think the golf community can do to bring in new golfers?
I think the economy has drastically hurt the golf community. All the tours, esp the LPGA and mini tours have lost multiple sponsors. On top of that, the new and young generation of golfers are having a hard time being able to compete and play on junior levels because of the money it takes to travel. Hopefully the economy will turn around and golf will be more affordable for everyone.
10. What advice would you give to any new golfer stepping out onto the course for the first time?
I would say to learn the proper golf etiquette and rules and just enjoy the game. Don’t take it too seriously from the beginning because it can be frustrating! But make sure you start fundamentally doing all the right things so you don’t form bad habits from the start.
Extra Credit Questions:
1. Describe yourself in three words.
Outgoing, strong willed, and down to earth
2. What is your go to snack?
3. What is your favorite sport or athlete?
Favorite sport football and fav athlete would be Tiger Woods
4. Ever been star struck by a golfer that you have met? If not, who would it be?
Freddie Couples! He was at a Charlotte Bobcats basketball game last year that I was at and I tried everything I could to get down to meet him! He is one of my favorite golfers!
5. If you weren’t a professional golfer, what would be your other career choice?
Growing up I wanted to be a meteorologist, so probably being the weather girl :)