Golf: Q-And-A with Malory Carr, White Eagle assistant pro
July 18, 2012 6:34PM
Mallory Carr, White Eagle assistant golf pro
Updated: August 20, 2012 11:45AM
Carr, a Minooka native and graduate of North Central, is an assistant pro at White Eagle in Naperville. She won the Inwood Golf Course Long Drive Competition and is competing in next week’s Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood. She was among 429 nominees announced this month for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
What did it mean to you to be nominated for the NCAA award?
I am really proud of this nomination. North Central College has really helped me shape myself into the proud woman I am today. I wouldn’t have accomplished anything without my NCC family: professors, teammates, coaches and faculty.
How would you summarize your senior season at North Central?
I wanted to get back to nationals, and that didn’t happen, but overall it was a good year. I think it was my best year of my game overall, and it really showed in some scores that I put up this year. I’m proud of our team and coach because we lost a lot of people off our team last year. It was a good way to end my collegiate career.
What do you expect from the Illinois Women’s Open next week?
I’m pretty excited because I’ve really been working on my game lately. I don’t get to play in as many tournaments because of my full-time job, but I definitely expect to compete. I’m not scared at all. I think my game is up to where their game can be. If I play my best, I know I can play with them and prove myself.
What do you enjoy the most about your position at White Eagle?
I enjoy every aspect of the job whether it’s teaching, working inside, working with co-workers or fixing clubs. I sometimes have 14- to 16-hour days and I love every minute of it. I know I’m in the right industry because I love every single day here. It’s perfect for me.
Is it tougher to teach golf when you’ve never had a swing coach yourself?
It’s a little tough, but I teach the standard golf swing, nothing too crazy. I come into a little bumps sometimes, but I have a great staff that works with me and is always there to help me. So far I haven’t really been stumped, so I think that just watching and playing golf I’ve learned the correct way to swing a club, even if I don’t have the perfect swing.
You won Inwood’s long drive contest with a shot of 310 yards, your personal longest drive. What was that like?
It was pretty crazy. I don’t know where that came from. It was fun to watch because I don’t think I’ve ever hit a ball that pure and straight before, so it was pretty cool.
Can you hit it that far again?
I don’t know. The ground was hard and the wind was behind me, but maybe someday.
Who’s in your golf dream foursome?
Rickie Fowler, Suzann Petterson and Brittany Lincicome.
As told to Tommy Stokke