(WFXR) — Men’s golf is back for the second straight Olympics after returning to the Summer Games in 2016. Virginia Tech will be represented in the field by Scott Vincent, who graduated in 2015 and is playing for New Zealand. WFXR’s David DeGuzman sat down with him via Zoom before he left for Tokyo. Here are some highlights from that interview.
David DeGuzman: You were a little nervous right? You weren’t 100 percent sure if you were going to be in that Top 60?
Scott Vincent: Yeah absolutely. I think we should get in but I’m not going to say anything up until I actually see it but yes, on the bubble for awhile. I knew I had to perform well kind of leading up to that last stretch of events. Once I did the last event, I knew there was nothing more that I could do so it was just a waiting game for me. It’s so cool.
DD: You mainly compete in the European and Asian tours, what do you feel like you did over the last one or two years to set yourself up to put yourself in a position to make the Olympics?
SV: Good question. I think a lot of good little things. I think there was no big moment but just a lot of good consistent golf. A lot of hard work. A lot of people around me, my whole support group is incredible. So we all just kind of chipped away at “can we do the little things right?” and just let the results take care of themselves. There was no big moment for sure. Not for me.
DD: Obviously, your link to here in Southwest Virginia is your time as a Virginia Tech Hokie. What do you remember from your time here in Blacksburg?
SV: Some really cool football games. Some cool basketball games. Man just that whole team atmosphere. I miss that. I wish I could go back to that. The team trips where we spent hours in vans together and talked about who knows what. Being a Hokie. And having people ask, “what is that? What does that mean actually?” Man, so many good memories. The food at VT was incredible. I miss VT a lot.
DD: I did a bit of research on you and I read your nickname is Mondoro, which correct me if I’m wrong, that means lion. How did you end up with that nickname?
SV: I wish we could go back and ask the person that gave me that. But my guess is it was the way that I played golf when I was younger. It was a never-ending, relentless pursuit of what I was after. Even on those bad days where nothing was going my way. There was this hunger and desire to keep fighting. I think that’s how it came about.
DD: What do you hope to get out of this experience?
SV: I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play with some cool players that I don’t often get to play against. Learn and grow. I’m there to compete. I’m not just going there for the experience. I want to do well. I’m training to do well. That’s the focus.
You can watch David DeGuzman’s entire interview with Scott Vincent below.
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