Spotlight: Greta Lange
Originally from Bremen, Germany, senior women’s golfer Greta Lange came to Wake Forest in 2011, the fall of her junior year. She quickly became a star athlete for the Demon Deacons. Last season, she competed in all 10 events for the Wake Forest women’s golf team and had the fifth-best scoring average.
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She also competed in the 2012 ACC Championships, finishing with a round of 74 to take 31st place. Lange recently had her lowest round of her senior season at the LSU Golf Classic on March 22-24, carding a 4-over round of 76.
What made you want to become a golfer, and what has been the greatest influence on your golfing career?
I started because my grandparents played it at home, and they took me with them one day. I really like it. I used to play every other sport before, like soccer, tennis and track, but I started golf when I was 12, and I loved it so I stayed with it.
What made you want to come to Wake Forest?
I actually transferred in, and before I played at a smaller school in Rome, Ga., Then I had some success there, and that opened some doors to play at a Division I school.
Wake Forest is obviously one of the best Division I schools. I like it because education is very important to me. I feel like here at Wake I have a good balance between good athletics and good education, and that’s why I wanted to come here.
Since playing for Wake Forest, what has been your most memorable moment?
Last Sunday, March 16, was probably one of my favorite moments, just at this last tournament because we had a great comeback. I didn’t play well at all in the first rounds, but we all just played well in the third round.
We shot the lowest round of all the teams at the tournament, and it was a huge success for us. It gave us a lot of confidence going into our next tournaments.
What are you looking forward to the most during your senior season?
I hope that I am going to be playing post-season, that’s my big goal. I’d like to play in the ACC Championships, go to Regionals and play well there, so I can make it to Nationals. I want to finish high in the ACC Championships, that is another big goal.
Do you have a favorite professional golfer?
I want to say Martin Kaymer, since he’s from Germany and is one of the best we have playing, but obviously also some Wake Forest alumni. We visited Arnold Palmer last year, and we got to go to his house.
He’s one of my all-time favorites; he’s a tremendous athlete and also such a nice person. He was so welcoming and nice to us, so he’s definitely up there as well.
Going forward, what are your goals beyond Wake Forest?
I’m originally from Germany, but I would like to stay in the States. Right now I’m looking for jobs, and at some point I would like to get a Master’s degree, but my priority right now is to get a job and some work experience.
I’m also probably going to be working for the Winston-Salem Open this summer as an event assistant, just as a position for a few months, but it’s still exciting.