An Interview With: Lindy Duncan
Q. Did you play the 13th hole as your extra hole?
LINDY DUNCAN: Yes.
Q. It was kind of a tough day out there for both you and Jennie, wasn't it?
LINDY DUNCAN: Uh huh.
Q. The golf scores were fairly high. How did you feel about your game today?
LINDY DUNCAN: Today was a struggle. On the front 9, especially. Didn't feel like I was hitting it that well. Wasn't putting very well, but I just somehow tried to get some kind of a swing together and I made a couple of good putts and it turned me around.
Q. And you've got match two where you were 1 up on 16 with a par. How did that happen?
LINDY DUNCAN: I hit a drive in the fairway and Jennie was a little bit left in the rough. Then she hit it in the bunker and it was an impossible bunker shot, and she made bogie and I tee putted.
Q. You hit the green and two-putted?
LINDY DUNCAN: Yes.
Q. On 17 you bogeyed and lost the hole?
LINDY DUNCAN: I hit a drive. It was really long but it was left, and I had really bad lie, and wasn't sure about my clubs, and totally just whiffed it and went in the bunker and made bogies.
Q. The front right bunker?
LINDY DUNCAN: It was on the left. It was a really long bunker shot.
Q. And the pars. On the 13th hole how did you play that hole to win?
LINDY DUNCAN: Driving the fairway, I hit it on the green and came up short on my birdie putt and she hit it in the bunker, and couldn't get up and down.
Q. What iron did you hit to the green?
LINDY DUNCAN: 6.
Q. But you survived it. You're in the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur, how do you feel about that?
LINDY DUNCAN: Really excited P happy to be here. Amazing and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.
Do you feel at all awkward that you're going to play somebody that's actually younger than you tomorrow in the semifinal?
LINDY DUNCAN: Not really. I mean there's so many good young players. It's crazy, you know. Everybody out here, it seems everybody is getting younger and younger. And you know it should be really good match tomorrow. I know Kimberly is a great player, and I'm definitely going to have to play a lot better tomorrow.
Q. So what will you do to try to do that? Are you going out to practice this afternoon?
LINDY DUNCAN: No, I'm going out to dinner and then watching TV and just not doing anything. But tomorrow I'm just going to try to stay a little bit more relaxed. I think I've found my swing at the end of the match. So carry that over into tomorrow, and make a couple more putts.
Q. When you say found your swing, was there a technical thing that you made a little change?
LINDY DUNCAN: It was really just the rhythm. I think a little bit of nerves. I was swinging a little bit too fast, and didn't have any rhythm. So I just found a little bit, a good rhythm and got on the a roll.
Q. What hole was that, would you say?
LINDY DUNCAN: Probably on 9 I made birdie and then I started feeling like I was making some better swings, and that started.
Q. How many hours is a good night's sleep for you?
LINDY DUNCAN: I need a lot. I sleep really good. So I think I need about 10.
Q. About 10. Kimberly was bemoaning she only got like 12 and a half last night.
LINDY DUNCAN: I need a lot of sleep.
Q. So you have high school online. Tell me a little bit about how that came about and why and what's that like?
LINDY DUNCAN: I went to school and I found that I couldn't be as good as I wanted to be. I wasn't able to practice as much. I didn't have time to workout or I had too much homework. It was very stressful. And you know the online school, I only have to go to school for about four hours, and it's very good education. It's very hard. And you know I feel like I can practice a lot more and I feel like my game has improved tremendously since I switched to the online schools.
Q. When did you switch?
LINDY DUNCAN: It was kind of back and forth. I went to online in about seventh grade and then in my freshman year, last year, I went for half of the semester to play on the golf team and then went back to the on‑line school.
Q. Where did you go for half of high school?
LINDY DUNCAN: American Heritage High School.
Q. What's a typical day for you like then?
LINDY DUNCAN: I get up around 7. I practice with my dad, and then I do school work until about 2 or 3ish.
Q. You practice until, from 7, tell me when you practice?
LINDY DUNCAN: From 7 to about 9:30. Then 9:30 to 2, 2:30. Then I practice until like dark. Play 18 holes.
Q. This is every day?
LINDY DUNCAN: Pretty much.
Q. Monday through Friday or weekends just straight?
LINDY DUNCAN: Pretty much every day. Maybe more on the weekends.
Q. What's your dad do that he's able to be out there with you?
LINDY DUNCAN: He and my mom own a medical billing company. In the mornings it's good for him because my mom's in the office and he can work for me for two hours.
Q. Has he always been your instructor?
LINDY DUNCAN: Uh‑huh.
Q. And what's his golf background?
LINDY DUNCAN: Nothing. He's horrible. But he actually had to quit because he didn't have enough time to work and do the stuff that he wanted to and help me and my sister. So he actually ended up quitting.
Q. Quitting the game?
LINDY DUNCAN: Yeah.
Q. And what kind of numbers would he normally shoot?
LINDY DUNCAN: Probably, somewhere in the mid to high 80s on a good day, I think.
Q. On a good day?
LINDY DUNCAN: Yeah.
Q. When you get ready to go to college, want to play college golf, will they all accept your high school education?
LINDY DUNCAN: Yeah, that's something we had to look into a lot. And the school I go to is certified by pretty much every college. It's the University of Miami. So it's got a great name.
Q. University of Miami High School?
LINDY DUNCAN: Yeah.
Q. It actually is affiliated with the university?
LINDY DUNCAN: Yes, I think so.
Q. What's your dad's name?
LINDY DUNCAN: David Duncan.
Q. So I'm just curious. How has your game changed and improved since ...
LINDY DUNCAN: Well, pretty much when I started the on‑line school, it's been really a long journey, you know, me and my dad work every day trying to get my swing better. We work really hard on my putting, and this last year has been really good. I've been playing very well. And you know I think I was expecting to play well in a big tournament and maybe not this one and maybe not this well, but you know my game has steadily improved each year, just a little bit. And it's never really blown up. I just always have been steadily good.
Q. So if your dad kind of struggles to break 90 at times, what does he do to get his instruction knowledge? Does he read a lot, watch Golf Channel?
LINDY DUNCAN: Yeah, he studies every book. He's read every book. He's seen every TV show, whatever. He's taken lessons from every instructor you can imagine. He's just really done a lot of research. And we've been working together for so long that, you know, he knows my swing and my game better than anybody. So it's really good relationship and we work really well together.
Q. What other hobbies or interests. Do you do anything besides golf and school?
LINDY DUNCAN: Yeah, I love golf. This is what I love to do. I want to be the best that I can. And you know right now golf is my main focus. And but, yeah, I mean on the weekends, swimming with friends, going to the mall, movies. I go to like every movie that comes out.
Q. So have you been to the movies this week?
LINDY DUNCAN: No. I haven't seen a movie theater around.
Q. OK. Thanks very much. Go get a nice dinner. Get some sleep. Good luck tomorrow.