East Peoria, Illinois
James Fenner '14 is a two-time All-Midwest Conference performer for the
Prairie Fire men's golf team. Fenner earned a medal by placing eighth at the
2013 Midwest Conference Championship. He won his first medal and was named all-conference after a sixth place finish at the 2012 conference meet. An economics major, Fenner had the second-lowest round (70) in the Midwest Conference during his sophomore year.
What has been your favorite class?
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. The class combined two interests of mine (economics and environmental issues) and forced me to think about solutions to problems from outside of my normal paradigm.
Have you been involved in any research or study abroad opportunities while at Knox?
I did an independent study in south Texas looking at the value of birds in the region and how that affects the local economy. I also took Alaska: Forests, Fisheries, and the Policies of the Wilderness, a class offered through Knox last spring, which allowed me to travel to southeast Alaska last summer. I was able to receive a short internship assisting with research on St. Lazaria Island. I helped track the feeding habits of the Rhinoceros Auklet, as well as helped take measurements of Storm-Petrel chicks.
Do you have a pre-game ritual or supersitition?
I have several pre-game rituals that I have to follow. One is that at the beginning of each round I must have five tees in my left pocket. Every time I wash my clubs before a round, I must start with my 56° wedge and work up to my driver. The last club to be washed and put in the bag is the putter, always. Finally, my biggest superstition is that anytime I play golf I must have my ball marker and divot repair tool from Firestone Country Club in my right pocket. My dad gave them both to me when I started playing golf and I have used them for every round I've ever played.
What do you enjoy most about golf?
I love the feeling of a well struck shot or hearing the sound of the ball rattling around in the cup. I love the friendships formed through hours spent on the course, as well as the peacefulness that five hours on the course on an early spring morning brings. I could easily go on, but simply put, I love everything about golf except three-putts.