Cobra Spotlight- Aaron Beebe, Chris Fuga, Sara Allen & Krista Thorpe, Men's & Women's Golf

The "Cobra Spotlight" is a weekly highlight of a student-athlete at Coker College. Each week we take a different athlete from a different sport and display some facets to get more familiar with them. This week we take a look at Aaron Beebe, Chris Fuga, Sara Allen & Krista Thorpe, members of the men's & women's golf teams.

Name: Aaron Beebe

Sport: Men’s golf

Hometown: Conway, S.C.

Year: Junior

Major: Communication

Why did you choose Coker? The combination of class size, campus environment, my major being offered, coach Baker and the opportunity to play collegiate golf are all reasons I chose Coker.

What is your best memory at Coker (athletic related)? The first tee shot of my first collegiate golf tournament. Nervous does not begin to describe how I was feeling. To this day that is the best tee shot I have ever hit.

What is your best memory at Coker (non-athletic related)? Spending time with my buddies in the dorm room.

Which athletic team would you play on at Coker other than your own? I would probably play men’s tennis or baseball. I played baseball until I was 16 and I love playing tennis, especially at night under the lights.

Favorite class:  Any of my communication courses or tennis class. Tennis class doubles champion!

Favorite professor: Professor Puffer

Plans after graduation: I would love to work in a college’s sports information department or be a graduate assistant for a golf team.

Favorite movie: Coach Carter or Remember the Titans

Favorite type of music: Country

Favorite food: Nothing like a good burger or steak

Favorite sports team: THE University of North Carolina Tar Heels

Favorite color: Tar Heel blue

Favorite TV show: Pawn Stars, Impractical Jokers or anything sports

Most prized possession: The golf ball I made my first birdie with or the golf ball I played with the last time my dad and I played golf together. I keep both in my golf bag.

What is something people may not know about you? I have practiced on the same field as Cal Ripken Jr. and Billy Ripken. Cal touched my shoulder in the team picture. I was only 12 so I was kind of freaking out.

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? Beebs. My last name is Beebe, so that is where it comes from. I have had it since 7th grade. By my senior year of high school the teachers called me Beebs.

One word that describes you: Level-headed

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Name: Christopher Fuga

Sport: Men’s golf

Hometown: Phoenixville, Pa.

Year: Junior

Major: Business administration with a concentration in sports management

Why did you choose Coker? I chose Coker simply because I wanted to play competitive collegiate golf.  I also liked the idea of the round-table learning style and small class sizes.

What is your best memory at Coker (athletic related)? Winning the conference tournament championship my freshmen year.

What is your best memory at Coker (non-athletic related)? Karaoke night

Which athletic team would you play on at Coker other than your own? Baseball or men’s tennis.

Favorite class: Golf class with Coach Dan Schmotzer

Favorite professor: Dr. Jewell

Plans after graduation: After graduation I plan on pursuing my dream of playing professional golf.

Favorite movie: Step Brothers

Favorite type of music: Country! It’s all I listen to now since moving to the South for school.

Favorite food: Philly Cheesesteaks

Favorite sports team: Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers.

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite TV show: Anything sports related

Most prized possession: My religious medals I wear around my neck, and of course my golf clubs.

What is something people may not know about you? I swing the golf club right handed but I do everything else left-handed.  

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? My dad calls me Chuck, and I don’t know why.

One word that describes you: Determined

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Name: Sara Allen

Sport: Women’s golf

Hometown: Fort Mill, S.C.

Year: Junior

Major: Communication

Why did you choose Coker? I chose Coker because of the small campus atmosphere and golf.

What is your best memory at Coker (athletic related)? My first tournament freshman year would be my best athletic memory at Coker. Our bus broke down on the way to the practice round and unlike the other teams we never got to see what the course would be like. Without ever seeing the course I managed to shoot a 79 in my first collegiate round.

What is your best memory at Coker (non-athletic related)? My best non-athletic memory would be when I made a short zombie movie with my friends in Dr. Lellis’ video production class. It was a really, really bad zombie movie, but we had a fun time making it.

Which athletic team would you play on at Coker other than your own? I would probably play tennis or lacrosse. I played tennis for seven years when I was younger. Lacrosse just looks fun.

Favorite class: Studies in Space

Favorite professor: Dr. Lay

Plans after graduation: I would like to go to grad school and attain my master’s in sport communication.

Favorite movie: How to Train Your Dragon

Favorite type of music: Punk

Favorite food: Asian

Favorite sports team: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite TV show: Doctor Who

Most prized possession: My books. I really like to read.

What is something people may not know about you? I used to have my own business making custom duct tape wallets and other accessories. I made portraits, bouquets, purses, messenger bags, laptop bags, iPhone cases and bracelets. I had customers all over the country and from the United Kingdom.

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? Unfortunately, no, I do not have one.

One word that describes you: Nerdy

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Name: Krista Thorpe

Sport: Women’s golf

Hometown: Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

Year: Senior

Major: Physical education and sport studies with a concentration in exercise science and a minor in biology

Why did you choose Coker? When I visited Coker I automatically fell in love with the campus and surrounding community.

What is your best memory at Coker (athletic related)? My best memory would be during my sophomore year when I hit a washroom that was nowhere in play on hole 6 at the Salisbury course in North Carolina. It always gives me a good laugh because when my coach and I walked to my ball I turned and asked him, “Do you think I can go over it this time?” The moment helped me realize that when something gets in the way of your goal just approach it from a different angle.

What is your best memory at Coker (non-athletic related)? All the pranks my teammates and I have pulled on one another.

Which athletic team would you play on at Coker other than your own? I would love to play women’s basketball.

Favorite class: Com 101, because it allowed me to step out of my comfort zone

Favorite professor: Dr. James McLaughlin

Plans after graduation: To continue playing golf and expand my education

Favorite movie: The Greatest Game Ever Played

Favorite type of music: Country

Favorite food: Raspberry oatmeal pancakes

Favorite sports team: Any Toronto team - always hoping for a better season than the last

Favorite color: Pink

Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy

Most prized possession: The tiny glass ladybug that my dad gave me. I carry it around in my golf bag for good luck.

What is something people may not know about you? Contrary to what people think, I do not live in an igloo or have a pet polar bear. However, I wish I did though.

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? People call me by my last name, Thorpe.

One word that describes you: Determined