Question: How is playing golf compared to this time last season when you were not able to complete two tournaments?
Arseneault: I definitely appreciate it a lot more now. Before, I think I took playing well for granted. I’ve had to work so hard to get it back to where I was; I really appreciate the good rounds that much more.
Question: What was the nature of your back problem last season?
Arseneault: It was a muscular problem. I injured my lower back because of the way I swing. I shut down all of the muscles in my lower back and stopped using them. So, the injury kept getting worse and worse because I would never strengthen it. I had to take four months off this summer. Coming back has been extremely slow. When I first started practicing again, it was twice a week for 20 minutes each day. I’ve had to keep building up from there. I’ve had a couple of setbacks where I’ve had to sit some days out because my back has been sore. It is back to full strength now. So now I am just trying to get my golf game back to where it was.
Question: How frustrating was it to stop playing last season?
Arseneault: It was so frustrating because we had so many seniors and it was coach (Jan) Mann’s last year. I just wanted to keep playing for our team. I think I probably pushed myself too hard to play and I should have just been sitting out in the first place.
Question: How hard was it to put away your clubs?
Arseneault: It was very hard because I couldn’t do anything for four months. I keep telling myself I had to do it in order to have the career I want to have as a golfer.
Question: Did your time away from the game change your perspective on golf?
Arseneault: It really has. I took so much for granted before in going out and playing a round. Before, I would play a round and every shot was painful. It is completely different now and I really appreciate being able to play a round with no pain. I just appreciate the game a lot more now.
Question: You’ve switched to one of the new square-head drivers. How has that gone?
Arseneault: With my old driver, the ball went too high and I could not get enough roll. It is actually the shaft in the driver I think that is so amazing. I put so much topspin on the ball it will actually carry further than my old driver, plus, when it hits the ground; it seems to roll much farther than my old driver. It has been a big help. I have probably picked up 20 to 30 yards using it.
Question: Was it awkward to use at first?
Arseneault: Yeah, but now I look at a round one and it looks funny to me.
Question: Last year you had to withdraw from the ACC Tournament due to your back. How much are you looking forward to returning this year?
Arseneault: I've been looking forward to that tournament for a while. I’m really looking forward to helping our team. I feel like I haven’t done that. Last week (Bryan National) was actually the first time I have had two solid rounds in a tournament. I’ve just been improving every week and I am getting back to the mental state that I was in before as a competitive golfer.
Question: How did your father’s Grinnell team do this year?
Arseneault: They had some injuries, so they didn’t have a great year, but I think they were third in their conference. They are still scoring a lot of points.
Question: Didn’t your brother set an NCAA record for assists in a game?
Arseneault: He had 34. Right after the game my mom texted me and said he set an NCAA record and had 34 assists. I thought she had mis-typed it, so I called her and said, “Are you kidding me? Did you mean 34 or 14?”
Question: Did he just pass the ball the entire game?
Arseneault: No, he also scored 22 points.
Question: Do you ever play horse with your brother?
Arseneault: Not anymore. I used to play basketball and he used to play golf. As we have both gotten better at our sports, we just quit playing the other ones.
Short-Handed Cavaliers' Struggles ContinueWomen's Basketball2/8/16Since losing All-ACC guard Faith Randolph, the Virginia women's basketball team has lost six of eight games. UVA hosts Syracuse on Thursday night.Selflessness Fuels Cavaliers' Latest TriumphMen's Basketball2/6/16Ninth-ranked Virginia totaled 17 assists in its 64-50 win over ACC rival Pittsburgh at the sold-out Petersen Events Center on Saturday afternoon.'Hoos Heading Into Hostile TerritoryMen's Basketball2/5/16At noon Saturday, in a game to be shown on the ACC Network, No. 9 Virginia (18-4, 7-3) plays Pitt (17-4, 6-3) at the Petersen Events Center.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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