DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's golf team will participate in a six-man match play against in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday March 14. Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior Tim Gornik to learn more about the Ljubljana, Slovenia native.
GoDuke.com: What has been your proudest moment at Duke? Tim Gornik: Definitely reaching the final four two years ago, my sophomore year. It was at Oklahoma State. We lost in the semifinal, but it was a great experience. The team was great, we had a great time there, and we played very well. We just got beat by a great team.
GoDuke.com: What was your favorite part of being a Duke student-athlete? TG: Just the experience. It is one thing to play college golf and go to school, but to go to such a great school with a great athletic program, where every sport is very good and always competing for national titles - the atmosphere around here is just a great environment to be in.
GoDuke.com: Tell us about a time when you first started playing golf. TG: I started playing when I was six. My dad randomly got these clubs, and we all started playing. My mom started playing, and I started playing.
GoDuke.com: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? TG: I have no idea. I definitely did not see myself being a golfer, but I guess I just wanted to be like my dad. He has a software company, and he works with computers, so I guess I just envisioned that.
GoDuke.com: What was your favorite food as a child? TG: I always liked pizza and pasta.
GoDuke.com: Who has been the biggest influence in your life? TG: My family mostly, but I had this really good coach. He wasn't always in golf, as he was an Olympic trainer for high jumps, but then he transitioned to golf. He taught Sergio Garcia and all those guys, and I worked with him from when I was 11 to when I was 17. When he died is when I came over to America. He was just a great influence for me.
GoDuke.com: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? TG: Probably buy an island or something.
GoDuke.com: If you could play any sport other than your own, what would it be? TG: I like skiing.
GoDuke.com: Do you have any hidden talents? TG: I am pretty good with computers.
GoDuke.com: What is one possession you can't live without? TG: My phone probably.
GoDuke.com: Any words of wisdom to pass along to freshmen or future Blue Devils? TG: Be open to meeting new people. There are so many great people around here that you can meet, and just be open to new experiences.
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