GETTING TO KNOW: VCU golf junior Gino Vandenberg

Athletics is enjoying some of the best success in its near 50 years of history. That success has come both on the playing field and in the classroom. That success does not happen without the hardwork and dedication of our 270-plus student-athletes.

However, there's more than just the classroom and playing field for our student-athletes and that's why every Wednesday will bring you a Getting to Know feature on one of our student-athletes.

This week, we chatted with junior Gino Vandenberg of the VCU golf team and current member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Vandenberg and the Rams just wrapped up their only home tournament of the year with the VCU Shootout at the Hermitage Country Club. He is having a breakout fall, ranking third on the team with a scoring average of 73.83 through two tournaments.

Vandenberg recently sat down with VCU Center for Sports Leadership Graduate Assistant Zach Reynolds.

Here's your chance to Get to Know: Gino Vandenberg.

ZR: How did you decide VCU was the right place for you?

GV: I always wanted to go overseas to play college golf and study Business Management. VCU would be the perfect match, the team is great, the School of Business ranks in the top five percent of business schools worldwide, the city is great and therefore VCU is the right place for me.

ZR: Beyond sports, where do you see yourself in ten years?

GV: [Laughs] I actually don't want to look this far ahead but I see myself being a manager of a big company either here in States or back in Europe.

ZR: What are your goals for the season?

GV: Win the A-10 Championship, be ranked inside the Top-50 as a Team and win an individual Tournament

ZR: What is your favorite athletic moment at VCU?

GV: When we played the Richmond Spiders at Kinloch (Golfweek's #16 Best Modern course in the country), also known as the Black & Blue Cup, that was a very exciting match. We won!

Also watching the Basketball games are usually a lot of fun, especially the crosstown rivalry games are really exciting.
ZR: What is one thing many people do not know about you?

GV: Before I started playing golf I played soccer for the oldest soccer club in the Netherlands, Royal Haarlem Football Club

ZR: If you could be any fictional character, who would it be, and why?

 GV: Dominic Toretto, his personality is awesome and I love racing.

ZR: Is there a professional athlete, or former player, whose skills you emulate?

GV: Tiger Woods, his ability to gain momentum whenever it's necessary is just incredible. Also his short game skills are extremely good, that's something I'm really trying to emulate!

Quick hits- Favorites

Movie: The Italian Job, Iron Man

TV Show: Big Bang Theory

Food: Steak!

Places to eat in Richmond: The Boathouse & Southern Railway Taphouse

Place to see in Richmond: Downtown

Musical artist: AVICII

Pro Athlete: Colin Kaepernick

Pro Team: Ajax Amsterdam

Sport (other than the one you play at VCU): Soccer