Bethel Stu­dent Ath­lete of the Week: Jaycee Bun­ner

Posted on December 5, 2017 by Bunner Staff

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Bethel Stu­dent Ath­lete of the Week: Jaycee Bun­ner

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This week, we high­light Bethel Col­lege’s first ever NC­CAA All-Amer­i­can for wom­en’s golf: Jaycee Bun­ner. Bun­ner is a newer face at Bethel Col­lege, be­ing a ju­nior trans­fer from NCAA Di­vi­sion II school Arm­strong State Uni­ver­sity. How­ever, it’s taken her very lit­tle time to fit right in. She quickly be­came one of the lead­ers in fin­ish­ing on her team. She also re­cently helped the Pi­lots achieve a 5th place fin­ish at the NC­CAA wom­en’s golf cham­pi­onship. She shot a +16, putting her in 8th place over­all in­di­vid­u­ally and win­ning her NC­CAA All-Amer­i­can hon­ors, since she placed in the top 10. Q: How has Coach Hess helped your game, if at all? A: He’s re­ally helped me build con­fi­dence this sea­son. Com­ing in new, that’s re­ally helped, and if I have some (strug­gles in) a part of my game like putting, he’ll take me out on the course and re­ally help me work on it specif­i­cally. Q: What made this fall sea­son of golf dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous fall sea­sons?
A: Well, con­sid­er­ing I’m at a new school, this se­mes­ter is a lot dif­fer­ent. It’s been re­ally nice. My par­ents can come and watch me at a cou­ple com­pe­ti­tions, be­cause I live in Fort Wayne, and they haven’t been able to do that for my first two years. So, it’s re­ally nice to have them around and just be closer to home.
Q: Who has been your tough­est com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son?
A: Team-wise, Tay­lor has been pretty good this fall. They’ve been pretty good com­pe­ti­tion. I think we beat them and they beat us, kind of just like a back-and-forth thing.
Q: When did you first pick up the game of golf?
A: I’ve al­ways played it, my whole life. Even when I had lit­tle plas­tic clubs when I was younger. So, it’s not re­ally a spe­cific start­ing point, but just my whole life.
Q: Why have you stuck with golf af­ter all of these years?
A: My fam­i­ly’s re­ally big into it and I’ve al­ways wanted to play. I’ve played in tour­na­ments since I was five. So, I don’t know, it’s just a thing I do. I’ve (met) so many peo­ple through it, like a ton of friends from golf, and it’s given me a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties with col­lege and every­thing.
Q: What are some of your golf­ing philoso­phies?
A: I don’t re­ally have spe­cific ones, but my team­mate’s dad, he was the as­sis­tant coach for one of our tour­na­ments, and he was like, “Jaycee, what’s the most im­por­tant shot in golf?” And I’m like, “I don’t know.” And he goes, “The next one.” I was like, “Oh, that’s true.” My team re­ally used that this fall, just fo­cus­ing on the next shot, not re­ally wor­ry­ing about the last one be­cause you have to keep on mov­ing. It’s a stress­ful game. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Bun­ner on be­ing the first Bethel Col­lege wom­en’s golf player to be crowned NC­CAA All-Amer­i­can. Keep on the look­out for more in­ter­views with some of the best ath­letes on Bethel’s cam­pus.

(Slider photo credit: Bethel Col­lege Ath­let­ics)