Student athlete profile

Emil Riegger



What do you enjoy about golf?

I've always loved how one good shot can keep you going for the rest of the round and switch a bad round to a good round.

How have you helped lead the team as a senior?

I definitely wanted the team to do well and tried to give support if someone was feeling down or struggling. Before a match I'd have the team form some strategies for playing the course.

Do you enjoy golf as a team sport?

When you're playing on a team, the team effort is way in front of what you do as an individual. It's a great bonding experience with teammates.

Any holes-in-one?

I hit a hole-in-one in Florida four years ago playing with my dad. I hit a 7-iron from 150 yards, and it took bounces and went in. It had not been a good round, but the day completely switched from that point on.

How would your teammates describe you?

They'd probably describe me as hardworking, pretty nice, relaxed and always looking out for someone.

How has your game improved the last four years?

I've definitely become more strong mentally, which really helps at the state tournament so you don't get too nervous. I've always loved to compete, but now I really love to compete against teammates and other people. And my putting has gotten stronger.

Do you have any pre-match routines?

For 9-hole matches we usually just go putt beforehand. But for state competitions, I'll hit on the range for about half an hour or 45 minutes, go hit a couple of chips and then practice my putting.

What will you study as a student-athlete Drake University?

I want to study something in finance.

What advice would you give underclassmen?

They should keep on pushing and always just stay confident on the course.

Why does coach Serge Penksik like having Riegger on the squad?

Emil has given our team a good example of what it means to work hard, compete with honor and take care of your teammates. He is the player our players look up to.

- profile by Ken Knutson, photo by Jim Slonoff

Author Bio

Ken Knutson is associate editor of The Hinsdalean