Sandra Changkija has left quite a mark on Nova Southeastern women’s golf history and she’s not done yet. With one year of eligibility left at the university in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Changkija already has set program records with her 72.13 stroke average last season and 10 career titles, including her recent NCAA Division II individual crown. The 21-year-old has earned National Golf Coaches Association Division II Player of the Year honors three years in a row and was in the field at last week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club.
Name: Sandra Changkija
Birthdate: May 10, 1989
Birthplace: Alexandria, Va.
Favorite Food(s): Buffalo wings, Philly steak and cheese.
On My iPod: T.I., Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory.
Favorite Movie(s): All the Shrek movies, “Finding Nemo,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Saw,” “Hostel.”
Hidden Talent: Still searching.
Biggest Fear: Not being successful.
Favorite Course: Hopefully Oakmont Country Club.
Dream Foursome: Annika Sorenstam, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods.
Favorite Golfer(s): Annika Sorenstam, Amanda Blumenherst, Christina Kim, Trevor Immelman, Tiger Woods.
Words To Live By: You’ve got to beat the best to be the best.
Best Golf Tip: Practice a lot.
Shot I Love To Practice: Draws with short irons.
Needs Improvement: Short game and putting.
Favorite Club: 6-iron.
Ball Marker: Grand Cypress marker, my home course.
Superstitions: It’s harder to birdie par 3s, for me at least.
Age I First Broke 70: Don’t remember.
Lowest Round Ever: 66.
Love To Trade Places With: Shaun White.
Favorite Non-Golf Athlete: Lance Armstrong.
WHAT’S IN THE BAG
DRIVER Titleist D3 9.5 degrees Diamana Blue Board 65g x-stiff, FAIRWAY WOODS TaylorMade r7 TP (3-wood) 15 degrees and (5-wood) 17.5 degrees, HYBRID TaylorMade TP Rescue 21 degrees, IRONS TaylorMade r9 TP Project X 5.5, WEDGES Cleveland CG15 Tour Zip Grooves (50, 56, 60 degrees), PUTTER Rife Cayman, BALL Titleist Pro V1x