Meet the Wildcats: Cylia Damerau
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the Kentucky women's golf team's return to the course in late January for the all-important spring season, UKathletics.com will be featuring a profile on each of the Wildcats in the "Meet the Wildcats" series. The weekly series is an opportunity to get to know a little more about the 2015-16 Kentucky women's golf team.
The series continues this week with senior Cylia Damera.
Damerau has been one of the stalwarts of the program for the last several years, competing in 30 tournaments over the last three-and-a-half seasons. She's finished in the top 10 twice in her career in addition to a 12th-place finish at the 2015 Southeastern Conference Championship.
The Switzerland native returned to UK in the fall with the top returning stroke average.
Before coming to Kentucky, Damerau won a bronze medal with the Swiss Ladies European Team at the Euro Championship and won the 2011 Swiss Juniors Championship.
Here’s more on Damerau:
Full Name: Cylia Damerau
Date of Birth: Jan. 6, 1993
Date of Birth: Jan. 6, 1993
Hometown: Cham, Switzerland
High School: Sportgymnasium Davos
Parents: Ralf and Eveline Damerau
Siblings: Jamina, Sascha and Michel
Major: Human communication and psychology
Her definition of a true hero is ... someone who is brave, selfless and loving when no one else is looking.
Her most prized possession is ... a necklace I got from my aunt.
Most people don't know this about Cylia but ... I actually liked taking chemistry in high school.
Besides golf, her favorite activity is ... listening to music and watching TV.
The person that has influenced her the most in her life is ... my parents.
Her most memorable moment as a golfer is ... winning the bronze medal at the European Team Championships.
Her greatest fear is ... that something might happen to the people I love.
She chose Kentucky because ... I had never experienced anything like the Big Blue Nation before and I really liked the coaches, school colors and Lexington a lot.
The best part about being a UK student-athlete is ... having the honor to represent and be a part of the Big Blue Nation.
The talent that she would most like to have is ... being a good singer.
Her favorite movie is ... Dear John.
The most famous person she's ever met is ... the brother of the Queen of England.
The first person she asked for an autograph from was ... a Swiss soccer player.
Her pre-tournament superstitions are ... I always wear my tournament socks.
The concert she is dying to see is ... Ed Sheeran or Pink.
Her secret talent is ... Hitting trick shots and hitting left-handed.
The toughest course she's ever played is ... Royal Belfast Golf Course.
The one course she wants to play is ... St. Andrews.
If she could play golf with a dream foursome, she would invite ... Roger Federer, Nelson Mandela and Martin Kaymer.
Kentucky returns to the course Jan. 31 vs. Louisville.