Stevens: Ex-Lobo Choy Named to Trujillo's Staff
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  07/09/2013

July 9, 2013

Choy's Senior Feature at UNM

By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

In pulling up her stakes on the Symetra Tour (The Road to the LPGA), ex-Lobo Britney Choy found a familiar path to an attractive patch of ground to stake out new territory.

At the University of New Mexico.

However, maybe that should read "back" at the University of New Mexico on turf that really isn't that new. But Choy left UNM as a student-athlete and returns as a member of the working class.

Lobo Head Coach Jill Trujillo has announced that Choy, a Lobo from 2006 to 2010, will join the women's golf team's coaching staff replacing former assistant Kari Zimmerly.

"Britney has every quality one needs to be a great coach," said Trujillo. "She is a great motivator and she enjoys people and loves the game of golf. Her background playing as a professional will only add to what she can bring to the team.

"On the recruiting side, she will open some doors that we really need to widen in the California area. It takes a lot off my mind having someone like Britney on my staff, who brings with her so many skills and attributes. I'm really excited to have her back with our program."

A lot of Lobos familiar with Choy should be excited about this addition to Trujillo's program. As a Lobo, she was a vibrant and personable leader, who also produced on the course. She probably has another fan in favor of her putting down some roots in Albuquerque: her car.

"I think I put about 6,000 miles on my car in the last two months," said Choy of the Symetra Tour that hits such exotic ports as Mesa, Ariz., Winter Haven, Fla., Decatur, Ill., South Bend, Ind., Harris Michigan, and Concord, N.H., -- just to name a few. Choy says her 2012 Toyota has about 30,000 miles on it.

Her most recent trip was from her home in Sarasota,Fla., to Albuquerque. "I was living the life of a gypsy," said Choy.

Choy said her life as an aspiring LPGA player included long stays in Florida, in Hawaii (her home), in Europe and on golf tours in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

She also said living on the road and out of a suitcase "was fun."

"I was always excited to be on the road and go back to some of the same places," she said. "I also looked forward to going to new places and playing in different events.

'I know I'll miss it, but I'm fine with putting it on hold because I'm excited about this new job and this new challenge. I'm looking forward to doing whatever I can to help Jill and the Lobo program continue their great success."

Choy played at UNM over the same span as Jodi Ewart. She came to New Mexico from Hawaii where she was the Hawaii State High School champ in 2004. She was a three-time Leilehua High Player of the Year (2004-2006). She was a 2008 Mountain West First Team selection in 2008 and helped UNM to three Mountain West titles (2008-2010).

Choy was the Mountain West's runner-up at the 2009 MW Championships and was a two-time MW Academic selection. She had to battle back from back surgery in July of 2007, but came back to play a full schedule in the spring of 2008, finishing tied for fourth at the MW Championships.

She was a four-year letterwinner at UNM and was the Lobos' top finisher at the 2009 NCAA Championships tying for 32nd.

Choy admits there was another factor in hanging up the clubs and joining Trujillo's coaching staff. She hadn't cut a check on the Symetra Tour so far in 2013 ($11,166 career earnings since 2011) and the opportunity to get into coaching was a strong pull, a natural pull.

"I wasn't having a great season and I've always wanted to coach," she said. "It was tough not to take advantage of this opportunity and I decided why not come back and get paid to do something you love.

"People have always told me that they thought I'd be a good coach and here I am."