Q&A with Women's Golfer Katy Nugent

Sept. 10, 2010

Q&A with Women’s Golfer Katy Nugent

What have been the differences between your last school (Arkansas) and KU so far?

On the outside, they are similar considering their rich sports traditions, numerous famous alumni and loyal fan bases. However, they are very different internally. First, our academic support staff at KU makes the transition for new student-athletes very simple and does a great job of keeping us on track through our entire career. Second, the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning facility is first-class and our strength coaches are really knowledgeable. They are constantly learning more about golf-specific fitness and that is a huge asset for us. Third, our golf courses and practice facilities are awesome. At Alvamar, we have a huge chipping green and a nice driving range. Alvamar Public, Alvamar Private and Lawrence Country Club are each challenging in different ways and provide us excellent opportunities to improve our golf games and prepare for tournaments. Finally, we have a great coaching staff.

What do you hope to get out of your first season with the Jayhawks?

We want to go to Regionals. We have great senior leadership and solid young talent that will give us a great chance to succeed within the conference and lead us to the postseason.

What are you looking forward to most this season?

I’m most looking forward to having fun with my teammates and having a successful season.

Growing up in Wichita, were you able to attend any KU sporting events? If so, which ones? Which ones would you have like to attend?

My parents and I attended nearly every home football game – rain or shine – starting when I was about three until I was 12 and sporadically since then. The highlight of every game for me was running down to the first row to get a hug from Big Jay or Baby Jay! We would park at JRP or by the Campanille and have a picnic on the hill before the games. I’ve only been to four basketball games. So I can’t wait to go to the games this season! My parents went to the Final Four in ’08 and I would have loved to have gone with them. I had signed with Arkansas by then, but I didn’t miss a second of either of the games. Thanks to ESPN360.com, I was able to catch quite a few games over the past two years, as well.

What’s something about you that many people may not know?

I hold PowerSeller and Top-Rated Seller status on my eBay account.

On your questionnaire, you state that you’d like to run a business. What kind of business would you like to run?

I’m really interested in real estate and investments. I’ve been selling things on eBay and Craigslist for the past three years and I’ve been house-sitting since I was 13. I’m up for trying anything that makes a profit.

You say you’d switch places with Steve Jobs for a day. What would you do as Steve Jobs?

I would hang out in product development meetings and play with Apple products all day. It would be an awesome business experience.

You list Adam Sandler as your favorite actor. What’s your favorite Adam Sandler movie and why?

He is so funny in all of his movies. I love “Happy Gilmore,” “Big Daddy” (I cry every time!) and “Mr. Deeds,” but “Billy Madison” is definitely my favorite. All of his antics are hilarious. Coach (Sarah) Trew does a great Chris Farley “There’s no yelling on the bus!” imitation!