UPDATE: September 11, 2016 – Dana Finkelstein stretched a five shot lead to seven at the turn and cruised to a four-shot victory on Sunday at the Garden City Charity Classic at Buffalo Dunes.
Hi Dana, where is your home base?
When I am in Phoenix I mainly practice out of Legacy Golf Resort. And when I am in Las Vegas I get to practice all over which is one of the benefits of being a UNLV Golf Alumni the golfing community treats me very well in Las Vegas and I can’t thank the great people at the golf courses enough.
Who has been the biggest influence on your golf and how have they helped you?
When I started it was my dad who got me involved in this game but in the past 5 years, my biggest influence has to be my UNLV coach, Amy Bush-Herzer. Having Amy’s coaching and support has really taken my game to that next level.
What is your favorite club or shot type and why?
My favorite club has to be my 8 iron. I do all my range work with that club and it has the biggest wear spot! My favorite shot type would be a straight ball I am always working with Trackman to dial in my numbers so I hit it straight all the time.
If you could only play one golf course for the rest of your life…?
Dragon Ridge in Henderson, NV because it’s one of my favorites in Las Vegas and because I have had some of my all-time low rounds out there. It always brings back great memories.
What aspect of your game are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I am working a lot on my physical game in the gym and on the course. During an off week, you can always find me at Anthem Fitness with Brian Chandler recovering and getting my body ready again for the 2-3 weeks of golf and travel. And on the course, I am always tinkering with my swing and trackman to get the most out of my swing!
Golfer/sportsperson you admire the most and why?
Annika! Growing up she was my idol and I loved watching her dominate on the tour and I hope to do the same one day soon.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned from playing on the Symetra Tour?
So far there have been many lessons I have learned from but I think the biggest is learning how to travel and listen to your body.
What do you consider your biggest golf accomplishment to this point?
My biggest golf accomplishment was my senior season at UNLV. I won 3 times, became an All-American, and was runner-up for the Annika Award. Having all this success made me realize I was good enough to give professional golf a try.
What are your goals for the remainder of this season?
To finish in the top 10 and earn my LPGA card. I would also love to win a tour event!
Thank you, Dana! All the best with the rest of the year and in your future career.
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