StreakingtheLawn is taking advantage of a slower summer season by positioning ourselves to be able to provide you with the best coverage of all Virginia sports. That's why we're excited to announce the newest member of our team, Whitney Neuhauser. Whitney is a 2010 graduate who was a member of the Virginia women's golf team that finished 13th in the NCAAs this year. She will be covering men's and women's golf for STL, as well as providing updates as she pursues a professional golf career.
Born and raised in Charlottesville, Whitney, a foreign affairs major, attended her first Virginia football game at age 3 and has bled orange and blue ever since. Her sister, Jodi, also graduated from the University, an alumna of the Virginia rowing team.
Her career at Virginia is no joke. She started in 37 of 41 career tournaments, including 6 top-10 finishes (two of which were runner-up finishes in 2009). At the 2008 Cougar Classic, she set the Virginia scoring record for 54 holes at 8-under, and at the 2009 LSU Classic, she tied the program 18-hole scoring record at 67. She has ranked as high as No. 5 nationally (March 2009), but will always be No. 1 to us! (Cheeze factor...10.5 out of 10?)
Whitney is a 2009 NGCA All-American and All-ACC selection, and is a 4-time ACC All-Academic. She was the recipient of the Virginia athletics department's 2009 Ralph Sampson Scholarship Award presented to the third-year student-athlete who demonstrates excellence in academics, leadership and athletics.
As a golfer, her favorite memory was Virginia winning the 2009 LSU classic. "We set a new team single-round scoring record (-4) and Calle and I both set the new 18-hole scoring record (67)."
As a mere mortal/fan, her favorite memory is one that we're all familiar with. "The February 2007 game in which Sean Singletary (with some help from J.R. Reynolds) beat Duke at JPJA. I was front-row in the seats by the band and when he hit that impossible shot everyone went crazy! Still gives me goosebumps..."
She won't talk about the 2008 Gator Bowl Debacle, so don't ask.
Currently, Whitney is planning to turn professional in the fall and attend Futures Tour Qualifying School in the first week of November. While she prepares for that tournament, she's living the dream by staying in Charlottesville, practicing and working out this summer, playing in a few last amateur events and working for the UVa women's lacrosse team in their office.
Keep on the lookout for her first post, coming Monday!