Sept. 2, 2005
Indiana men's golf senior Brad Marek is coming off a spectacular summer in which he captured medalist honors at the Illinois State Amateur, the Joliet Amateur and the North Shore Amateur while sharing first place at the CDGA Amateur, qualifying for the CDGA Amateur and qualifying for the U.S. Public Links.
The Arlington Heights, Ill., native tied for 22nd during stroke play and advanced to the quarterfinals of match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. In addition, Marek advanced to the semifinals of match play at the CDGA Amateur and tied for third at the Mike Sipula Memorial.
Before the Hoosiers open their 2005-06 campaign at the NCAA Central Regional Preview Sept. 12-13 in Cleveland, Marek sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to talk about his summer, the upcoming season and more.
On his play this summer:
"I played pretty solid and accomplished most of my goals this summer. I wanted to win the Illinois State Am and win a couple other times, which I did at Joliet and North Shore. The success I had at the Public Links was nice. It would have been better to win three more matches. It was a thrill and taught me a lot about my game and where I need to improve, so hopefully I can win the whole thing next year. I was a lot more patient with myself. Knowing I could play with just about anybody in the country on any given day was tremendous for my confidence and really helped me the rest of the summer."
On his biggest highlight this summer:
"Winning the Illinois State Am, without a doubt. I had a couple of off weeks before the tournament and knew I had to keep working. I rode a hot putter. It was a real good field, and it was a thrill winning my home state's amateur. There were some good collegiate players and good mid-amateur golfers in the field, and it was nice coming out on top. It was a culmination of what I worked on all summer."
On being back in Bloomington:
"It feels good. Being at home over the summer was fun, but it's nice to get back and see some friends again. I'm getting geared up for the fall season."
On carrying his summer momentum into the fall season:
"I took a couple weeks off (after the Illinois State Amateur) just to refresh and recharge the batteries. The next couple weeks I should get back into the swing of things, practice hard and hopefully carry the momentum into the season."
On his individual expectations for the season:
"I want to win. I've never won on the collegiate level. I don't want to win once; I want to win multiple times. Winning isn't something you can always control. Someone can go out, shoot low and beat you. I just have to control my own game, my own emotions, my own preparation and hopefully that will lead to victory."
On his team expectations for the season:
"Team-wise we are very young. We just have to build and get better and better each week. If we do that, come Big Tens we'll be tough to beat."