Athlete Spotlight - Elizabeth Caldarelli
1. Introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your family
My name is Elizabeth Caldarelli, I am 20 years old and I live in Scottsdale, AZ.
2. When did you start playing golf?
I started playing golf when I was 7 and started competing when I was 10.
3. What made you choose golf? Did you play any other sports growing up?
Both of my parents played golf, so they would take me out to the course when I was younger. I like that golf is an individual sport and that I am in control of my performance and success. I played volleyball and basketball throughout middle school.
4. When did you know that golf was going to be your sport?
I knew golf was going to be my sport when I chose to go to Xavier for high school, so I could be a part of a very successful team.
5. What is the best part of your game?
I tend to hit the ball pretty straight and keep it in play and I am also a good putter.
6. Who is your favorite professional golfer and why?
Pretty basic, but I’d have to say my favorite golfer is Tiger Woods. Tiger is my favorite because he has an incredible work ethic, his athletic ability is unparalleled for his time in golf, and I admire his comeback.
7. Where did you play your high school golf? College?
I played at Xavier College Prep in Phoenix and then went to Texas A&M.
8. Where are you heading for your senior season?
For my senior season I will be playing at Troy University in Alabama.
9. What made you choose that school?
I really like the coach and the team is really nice. They have great facilities and I believe I’ll be able to make an impact on the success of the team.
10. What are your plans for after college?
After college, I plan to work in the golf or sporting industry in some capacity.
11. How has THP helped you improve your game?
THP has helped me to improve my core strength, which has lead to a lot more power and control in my swing.
12. Why is strength training important for golfers everywhere?
Strength training is important for golfers because it helps to build control over your muscles, which produces more speed and awareness throughout the swing.
13. What advice would you give to young golfers?
I would say to work hard, but also don’t lose sight of enjoying the game. College golf requires even more time put in than junior golf, so make sure you really love what you do and then anything is possible!