SEC, meet your Player of the Year in 2009. Candace Schepperle, now a senior at Auburn University, is a powerhouse when it comes to amateur golf. In 2007, she was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, thanks to an impressive rookie campaign that included a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. In 2009, she was both the SEC Player of the Year and named a first team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association. Schepperle has played in multiple LPGA events, making the cut at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open.
Name: Candace Schepperle
Birthdate: July 13, 1988
Birthplace: Port Jefferson (Long Island), N.Y.
Favorite food(s): Italian or Southern home cooking.
What’s On your iPod: Dashboard Confessional, The Fray and Kings of Leon.
Favorite movie(s): “Tommy Boy,” “The Holiday,” “Because I Said So,” and “Twilight.”
Hidden talent: I’m a really great cook.
Biggest fear: Falling down stairs; I’m really accident prone.
Favorite course: Crooked Stick (Indiana).
Dream foursome: Me, my dad when he was my age (I’ve always wanted to see him at his prime.), my sister, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Favorite golfer(s): Tiger (Yeah, yeah, I know about everything, but he’s still the greatest golfer.).
Words to live by: Live each day as if it were your last…with no fear.
Best golf tip for other amateurs: Have more fun on the course and, when practicing, always go to the basics and get the little things down (grip, posture, etc…).
Shot you love to practice: Short game, to use my imagination.
Needs improvement: Putting, short game and shaping shots.
Favorite club: 60-degree wedge – which I just found out doesn’t meet the new USGA groove standards.
Ball marker: Auburn coin.
Superstitions: I don’t like to change balls during a round.
Age you first broke 70: 13.
Lowest round you ever shot: 65.
Love to trade places for a day with: Nobody.
Favorite athlete, non-golf: Roger Federer.
What’s In The Bag:
DRIVER Orlimar Hip-Ti 9.5 degrees with Harmon Tour Design CB65 shaft, FAIRWAY WOODS TaylorMade 15 degrees, Titleist 906 F4 18.5 degrees with Aldila NVS 65-R shafts, HYBRID Titleist H 24 degrees Aldila NVS 85 shaft, IRONS (5-PW) Titleist AP1 Nipon Steel, WEDGES Cleveland Tour Action 900 Series (54), Titleist Vokey 260.12 (60), PUTTER Zivot “Neo”