18 Holes With Clare Connolly


Clare Connolly | Sophomore | Chevy Chase, Md. 


Favorite TV show as a kid…Rocket Power.

If I was playing another sport at Saint Leo it would be…Women’s Lacrosse. All my friends play lacrosse, I played all through high school. It’s my second favorite sport behind golf.

Favorite spot on campus…My room. My roommates and us have fun together and we live in the new building so we have a nice big television

My celebrity crush is…Paul Walker. I love all the Fast and The Furious movies.

I admire…My dad because he’s taught me everything I know. I think if I am like anyone in my family, I’d be him. He taught me the game of golf, he’s made me am who I am today.

Tradition…We have a golf tournament called the Connolly Cup and it’s been going on since 1975 I believe. Everyone flies in from all over the country and we usually have at least 12 of us playing.

Playing golf has given me…Opportunity to meet a lot of new people. I’ve made a lot of good friends though it and learned a lot of life lessons. It’s made me who I am today, and made me a better person in general.

I secretly wish…That I had siblings closer to my age. I have three siblings: 36, 35, and 30. Big age gap, so sometimes I had sibling closer to my age that I can relate with to what’s going on in my life.

Life as a student-athlete…I absolutely love it. I wouldn’t want to change a thing about it. I’ve had a great time thus far and I can’t wait for this season coming up, and the rest of them during my time here.

If I could model myself after anyone it would be…My brother, Chris. He has a great work ethic. We’ve kind of had the same struggles through our teenage years. He’s also a great golfer.

Looking back at it…I wish I practiced a little harder last year. I worked hard, but I feel like if I would have pushed it a little more, we definitely could have made it to nationals.

Coach Brennan…Is an amazing coach. I love her. I came to Saint Leo to visit three days before school started, and I knew right when I met her that I wanted to come here. She’s really opened my eyes to the game of golf. I can’t wait for the next three years to learn a lot more from her.

When I was six years old…I got hit in the face with a golf club in my back yard. I snuck up behind my friend when she was swinging a golf club and got hit right in the face. I had to get 20 stitches from it.

My hobbies other than golf include…Spending time with my family. I have three nieces and nephews and one on the way. I love spending time with them when I’m home over the summer. 

My favorite song right now…I don’t Want This Night to End by Luke Brown. I’m a big country fan so I’m trying to get the other team on Coach and I’s side on that one.

If I had a million dollars…I would buy a beach house in South Carolina and travel around Europe and Ireland.

My dream foursome is...Adam Scott, Justin Timberlake, myself, and Bubba Watson.

Saint Leo University…Wasn’t what I was expecting when I first came down here. I like that it’s small. You really get to know people, including your teachers. I like how many athletes there are here because we can all relate.

There’s no better feeling than…Walking off the golf course knowing that you won the tournament.