Day: April 11, 2020

Golfer showcases talent on green with every swing

Golfer showcases talent on green with every swing

By Gabriella Prather
Bridge Staff Writer
Published March 30, 2020

At a young age, her life altered when a sport gravitated to her and it changed everything, Natchawan Serisamran, a TAMIU senior golfer.

Serisamran majors in psychology and minors in computer science. She is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, and decided to come to Texas A&M International University because of the hot weather Laredo has to offer, so she can play year-round golf. She was introduced to golf by her parents, who were players as well and she decided to give it a shot and play.

Since beginning, she found a coach who helped her hone her game her for 12 years. Coach Kitipong Srithongkul said he is one of the top-10 golf coaches in the country. He coached PGA players and an Asian tour. Since age 8, Serisamran played golf for 14 years; now, at 22, she says she couldn’t imagine her life without the sport.

Even when the University coach took a day off for the team, Serisamran thought otherwise.

“I felt like my day was waste[d] and I didn’t do nothing,” Serisamran said.

While golfing, she said she feels extremely comfortable yet not overconfident. She said being an athlete made her a better person and prepared her mentally and emotionally, not just for herself but also her teammates. While under pressure, she said it is always best to distract herself from her surroundings so she can focus on what happens and on the game itself.

Regarding the importance of her becoming a student athlete, she says the benefits of being on time, pushing herself hard on the green and, most importantly, working harder to maintain the grades and her GPA—because without them, she wouldn’t be where she is.

“Being a student athlete is tough,” Serisamran said. “You need to manage your time nicely ’cause you don’t have [as] much time as normal students.

“Do what your first priorities are.”

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TAMIU golf player Natchawan Serisamran of Bangkok, Thailand, poses for a photo.

Serisamran said her favorite golf player, Jordan Alexander Spieth, inspired her to become the athlete she wants to become. Spieth, a creative player, began at a young age and reached the top at a rapid pace—eventually making a name for himself in the world of golf.

She is one of TAMIU’s youngest athletes and the thought of her playing for an entire decade might be difficult for some to comprehend yet it might inspire others to push themselves as she did.

“It’s important that golf, or whatever sport is your priority, don’t give up whatever happens,” Serisamran said. “You will be treated well and you will have your team to support you and aim for the goals that best suit you the best.”

In the 2018 UH-Victoria Fall Classic, Serisamran took 5th place with cards of 16over-160 and 3-over-75. On the Oklahoma Intercollegiate, she four-way tied for 11th place after carding a 10-over-152. She took 15th place at the Jack Brown Memorial.


New Volleyball Coach Joins TAMIU

New volleyball coach joins TAMIU

By Itzel Luna
Bridge Staff Writer
Published March 30, 2020

After a 6-19 overall record for the 2019 volleyball season at Laredo College, Brittany Harry has been named coach of the Dustdevils. Harry comes into TAMIU with 14 years experience.

Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann looks forward to Harry’s addition.

“I am confident that the best days of our program are ahead of us, and I believe that Harry is the right person to take us there,” Zimmermann said in an interview with TAMIU athletics.

Harry’s last five seasons at Laredo College accumulated an 84-65 record. Before that, she served as volleyball coach at Vincennes University for three seasons; her team took an 88-38 record throughout the seasons.

Harry coached four players to All-Region honors and two players to the Region XII All-Tournament team.

She also coached at Spartanburg Methodist College in Region X, in South Carolina, and led her team in back-to-back appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championships.

“We are looking forward to her bringing her success with her here to our volleyball program,” Zimmermann said in an interview with TAMIU athletics.

Despite previous seasons, Harry is optimistic for 2020.

“I’m fired up for the fall already,” Harry said.

“This is a growing and learning process.”

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New TAMIU volleyball coach Brittany Harry

She said the team is getting used to coaching transition.

Within the last month of practicing with the team, Harry says she loves the energy from this group of women.

“I definitely get a good vibe from this group,” she said. The team is working hard in the gym, she adds, and feels like they really want to improve.

Despite the less-than-stellar 2019 record, Harry feels the Dustdevils crave more.

“They’re definitely not satisfied with their results, so I do feel like they’re hungry in the gym, and [they’re working on] strength and conditioning to really make enough progress,” she said.

Implementing a new tool to help players stay in shape over breaks is a factor in their 2020 progress.

She wants to provide physical, mental toughness challenges, and a nutrition log that can be completed over the summer break so players can be held to a standard to remain focused.

“Hopefully this challenge will help them stay a little bit more accountable over the summer with workouts,” she said.

Sophomore middle hitter Anna Smith said Harry’s coaching style is energetic.

“She’s here to work, and she’s ready to get things done.” Smith said. She adds that Harry pushes the team to get better. “[Coach says,] ‘Every single ball is an opportunity to be better.’”

Smith said Harry pushes them to a higher standard.