by C. GARRETT KEIDEL, Asst. Editor
Johnny Schob is a business management major from Long Island, N.Y. In his senior year playing golf, he hopes to finally get that elusive MAAC win that has been so close to achieving in the last few seasons. Schob was one of five Jaspers to place in the top-ten of the Fox Club Shootout as he ended in a tie for tenth as the Jaspers won the tournament. He also had Manhattan’s best individual round as he shot 71 (-1) in the third round.
The Quadrangle: How’d you become involved in sports, golf in particular?
Johnny Schob: My Dad is a club pro for 40 years and he taught me since I was very young. I’m an only child so I learned from my cousins playing sports, looking up to them and following what they did. I also played football, basketball, lacrosse and some others.
TQ: What has been your experience as a college athlete?
JS: It’s been up and down. Juggling academics and athletics was tough for the first few years, but now that I kind of got it under control, I can enjoy it much more. It’s been pretty good since.
TQ: What was it about Manhattan College that made you want to come here?
JS: It’s close to a lot of my family and a lot of good golf courses in the area. But, academically it stood out with the possible connections going forward.
TQ: What do you/did you hope to get out of being a D1 athlete?
JS: Just being able to play as much golf as possible and competing against a lot of good players. In the MAAC in golf, almost anyone could win it any year. So just having that experience going forward. Also being able to get a degree which is something that everyone should have the opportunity to be able to get.
TQ: Do you have a favorite golfer?
JS: Yeah definitely. It’s got to be Tiger Woods, and his comeback is something that everyone is excited about.
TQ: Do you have a nickname on the team?
JS: They just call me by my last name, Schob.
TQ: Do you have any goals academically and also with golf?
JS: Academically, I’ve steadily improved since freshman and sophomore year, so to continue doing that. But in playing golf, we want to win the MAAC and we think we can do that. We have been close a couple times, the last two years we were second and third. It would be nice in the last year to be in first place.
TQ: What have been some of your favorite memories here at Manhattan College?
JS: Just meeting new people and having friendships that I think I will have along down the line. Just learning how to deal with different people, and managing my time.
TQ: Do you have a favorite course you have ever played?
JS: Probably Winged Foot, but I’m a little biased because I am a member there. I played Oakmont before and that’s a close second.
TQ: Do you have any lessons you have learned while playing golf at the college level?
JS: Just being patient because you always have to have that optimistic mindset that better days are ahead. So if you’re patient then you won’t get in the way of those things that could be in front of you. If you’re not then they may not come to you.
TQ: Do you have any favorite memories playing golf or watching professionals?
JS: My personal favorite moment was when I was an alternate for the US Open a couple years ago and my Dad was caddying for me. I was in a playoff actually and it was cool to have him on my bag. I didn’t quite get in but I was close. I beat a lot of good players to almost get there. That was my best personal experience. The course that I belong to, Winged Foot, had the US Open in 2006 and it was cool to play there and see it on TV. That was my favorite memory while watching.