UNCP Lady Brave finds a new stroke with golf
Elizabeth Bundy, or Lizzie as her friends call her, never met a sport she did not like. As a young girl she participated in activities like soccer, t-ball, volleyball, basketball, and even dance. “I’ve tried almost every sport once,” she said.
Bundy is the only child of two athletic parents, Alan and Maureen. Her father was an avid golfer and racquetball player, while her mother enjoyed spending time in the pool. With a pedigree like that it is no wonder that Bundy gravitated to sports as she did.
It wasn’t until her freshman year of high school that Bundy realized she preferred swimming over anything else. So much so that it was her year-round sport. Bundy knew that swimming was going to be the thing that carried her through high school and into college.
During her first year at Clayton High School Bundy began to experience difficulty breathing. She received the devastating news that she had developed bronchitis, an illness that nearly sidelined Bundy for good. Doctors advised the young talent to give up swimming so that her body could recover.
However, Bundy refused to stay idle. She credits her father with being the driving force behind trading her swim cap and goggles for a set of irons, woods and wedges. Soon, Bundy began to flourish in her new sport winning many awards and accolades.
During her high school career, Bundy racked up three 4-A Conference Player of the Year titles, three top five finishes in the NC 4-A state high school championships, as well as a second place finish in the 2009 North Carolina Junior Championship. Her talent garnered a lot of attention from schools like UNC Pembroke and UNC Greensboro.
Ultimately, Bundy settled on UNCG, playing for the Spartans for one year. After a less than favorable experience with the coaching staff, she remembered the recruitment efforts of head coach David Synan and decided to make the transition to UNCP. While the campus and surrounding community are considerably smaller than Greensboro, Bundy has enjoyed her time at Pembroke.
The junior journalism major initially decided in high school that broadcasting would be a good fit. Bundy quickly discovered after taking communication classes that her strengths were best suited for writing and not speaking.
While Bundy has no plans to be the next Annika Sorenstam, she does want to use her experience in sports as a springboard for her journalism career. Over the summer Bundy interned in the UNCP media relations office and worked at a Durham, NC golf course. Now in her junior year, she hopes to get another internship next summer working with media relations for NC State University in Raleigh. Bundy is an admitted die-hard Wolfpack fan.
Upon graduation from UNCP Bundy would like to continue working for NC State, but in the Sports Information Office. When asked if she would ever consider working somewhere else, Bundy said “ESPN would be fun, but I would rather stay in the Raleigh area.”