Senior Bella Johnson is taking on the 2016-17 Women's Golf season with the same attitude she's had since her freshman year—a positive one.
"As a team, we have so much potential," Johnson said. "We are so talented, but we are not scoring to our capability. I know we can win the Big South if we get consistent and work hard in the off-season."
Known as the motivational speaker of the team, Johnson has proven she's a natural born leader. With the fall season wrapped up, we sat down to get to know the spirited senior a little better.
Favorite pro-sports team: Carolina Panthers
Favorite pre-round meal: Eggs—because we are always playing so early.
Secret talent or fact: I'm half Hispanic.
Favorite genre of music: I love so many different genres, but probably rap.
If you could rap battle against one of your teammates, who would it be and who would win? Emelie Flink. She is so good I think she would win.
What would you walk up song be?: 'Big Rings' by Drake—that is our team theme song right now.
Favorite class: Consumer Behavior
What is your spirit animal? A lion
Strangest nickname you have: Balla Bella
Two words to describe you on the course: Fun and calm
Two words to describe you off the course: Outgoing and talkative
Best advice you've ever gotten: Never give up
Favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate with chocolate truffles on it
Mountains or beach? Mountains
Favorite sporting moment from your time here at CSU: Last semester when I got to play with my older sister for 36 holes at a tournament in Alabama. My grandparents flew in from Texas, and coach surprised me by arranging for her and I to play together. When he told me, I started crying. It was so great because we got to ride in the same cart together and our family was there. It was also great because I beat her and I got second overall in the tournament, which is my best finish in college.
What do you want to do when you graduate? I really have two things. I either want to go in the marketing direction and stay here in Charleston or move to Greenville where my dad and one-year-old brother live. I'm also applying for the officer program for the Air Force. I have to take a test, but if I get it, I'll definitely join.
Favorite TV show: I just started American Horror Story, but I also just started This is Us and I love how real and impactful that show is.
Place you would most like to visit? Europe
Favorite sport to play/watch outside of golf: I like to play flag football (but I've retired) and I love to watch football and baseball.
Do you have any superstitions or pre-round rituals? I do this weird thing stretching with my club before I tee off. I'm double-jointed, so you should see the faces I get while I'm stretching my arms.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Spaghetti with meat sauce
If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have? I would want to fly.
What are your hobbies outside of golf? I love to explore the scenery of Charleston. I love to be outdoors, watching sunsets, enjoying the food, going to sporting events and just traveling.
If you could go back in time, what decade would you travel to? I would probably travel back to the 1940s. The style and the way they dressed was just awesome. My favorite book I read in high school was The Great Gatsby, so I think it would be really cool to go back to that time.
What will you miss most about being a student-athlete at CSU? I'll miss the courses that we play and where we get to travel. I just take it all in.
Johnson is dedicated to making her senior year one to remember and says she plans to use the off-season to focus on fine-tuning her game.
"I've been inconsistent this semester," Johnson said. "In the off-season I'm going to work hard and try and get my game really consistent. In golf, you can have one great round, but in the end that doesn't matter because you have two more to play."
Johnson says she is full of optimism as she looks ahead to the 2017 spring season.
"I think this past spring season was great because we learned that everyone on the team has it," Johnson said. "Everyone can go low, we just need to put it together."
CSU Women's Golf returns to play on Sunday, February 26 in the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic at Kiawah Island, S.C.