Player Diary: California's Joel Stalter (Part 4)
Sunday, October 27, 2013
This was it, my last fall season as a Golden Bear! Hard to believe I have one more spring season to go and that I will be graduating six months from now.
This past weekend may not have been our best team performance, but I think we all really enjoyed the tournament and it gave us a great opportunity to reflect on our game and motivate us to work harder so that we can get ready for our final run in the spring.
It’s been my third straight year playing at the Isleworth Collegiate, and what an incredible venue it’s been! As past tournament champions, we had a limo ride from the airport and got to stay at the Hilton. Not bad at all for a collegiate athlete! Most of the time we do not realize that there are a lot of people that work hard for us behind the scene in order to put up great events like this.
This experience reminded me about how lucky and privileged we are to play at the collegiate level. But more than just traveling to some of the most amazing places and golf courses, we are ceaselessly presented with the possibility to learn from the brightness that surrounds us at school. I feel very fortunate to be in one of the world's best business schools, where I connect with future leaders and individuals that will change the world in their own ways. As a French native, I would not have had the same opportunities back home as our system does not allow this balance of both academics and athletics at the highest level.
I believe school has been a big part of our success for the last two years and a source of inspiration for some of us in the team. We did not just improve as golfers, but as student-athletes. Benefiting from the environment we are surrounded with at Berkeley has helped us put in perspective what it means to play golf collegiately. This is the time of our life that gives us a chance to do anything we can to get better because we don’t have to work for anybody but ourselves. Our opportunity to excel in school does not stop with athletics, but rather prepares us for a world outside of college golf.
To wrap up, I want to say hats off to Alabama. It was quite an impressive performance, and especially Trey Mullinax’s individual win. I had the chance to play with him the last two rounds and it was some of the most impressive play I have ever seen in college golf.
Enjoy the off season everyone! Go Bears!