Last season the women's golf team failed to reach the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1997. This year's squad looks a lot different. 3 of the top scorers this season are freshman including SEC Freshman of the Year, Taylor Leon. This season they are ranked 6th and look for their first national title since 2001. The championships begin on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio and this week Taylor had a chance to talk to me about it.

Dave McMahon -- The team has played great all year, but now it's time for the NCAA Championships, the team has be on its game.

Taylor Leon -- Right. This is big, this is what we all came here to play for.

DM -- Did you ever think that this team which is so young, would be competing for the national title this soon?

TL -- Definately. The team already had a lot of good players to begin with. I have known Mallory Hetzel for awhile and I knew if both of us were coming here that we would have a chance right away.

DM -- You are 1 of 3 freshmen that have competed at a very high level all year, how often do you compete with each other?

TL -- All the time. If we see that one of us made a birdie, you know the rest of us have to get a birdie as well. We also compete off the course as well.

DM -- What are your strengths as a golfer?

TL -- I hit the ball real well. I am very consistant when I play.

DM -- You are right around the record for lowest average ever at Georgia, when did you first hear about it?

TL -- During the SEC's I overheard it. I just go out there and play my game.

DM -- As an amateur you defeated Morgan Pressel, who is now making a name for herself on the LPGA Tour, what was that like?

TL -- It was awesome. I have known her for a long time. It was great beating her because I was the underdog and nobody expected it.

DM -- Thank you and good luck.

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