Dec. 3, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Sarah Sherman
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - To be competitive in nature is to have a strong desire to be as good as or better than others.
To some, the word holds more weight as it is a building block in the fundamentals of life.
For Fanny Cnops, a UCF women's golfer, competitiveness runs through her blood. Cnops grew up with a sister, a twin brother and a father who participated in numerous sports such as golf, tennis and competitive sailing. To say that Cnops' competitive nature grew out of wanting to keep up would be an understatement.
Cnops started playing golf when she was 6 or 7 years old, tagging along with her father to his golf club. Her love for the sport, however, grew out of her competitiveness with her twin brother.
"My brother is actually a lot better than me at golf," Cnops said. "I'm really competitive and I wanted to beat him so that's why I actually got better but I never really practiced a lot. I just played tournaments and from there it grew, so now I love golf."
Before transferring to UCF after two seasons at UNC-Greensboro, Cnops developed into a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year recipient, a two-time All-Southern Conference selection and the league freshman of the year in 2011-12. In addition, she ranked seventh in the nation with a 72.56 scoring average in 2011-12.
While at UNCG, Cnops got a chance to learn under coach Emily Marron, who is now UCF's head coach. After two seasons with Marron and the bond that they formed, it was a natural decision for Cnops to transfer to UCF.
"I have a really strong relationship with Emily," Cnops said. "When I came to UNCG I really wanted to build up a strong team. Then I got player of the year and she got coach of the year and then she actually got promoted to UCF. I feel that this team is really competitive. Everybody wants to play; everybody works so hard to really be the best."
In her time here at UCF, she has finished tied for 12th at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate and led the Knights to a fifth-place team finish as she tied for 11th individually at the "Mo" Morial at Texas A&M.
"While I'm here one of my goals is to win a national championship with the team," Cnops stated. "I think that we are really capable of doing so because we a really strong competitive team."
When back home in Belgium, she gives back to her community by putting on summer camps for children between the ages of 6-12. The camp brings in some golf professionals, but Cnops also likes to give the kids an hour or so to play other games to allow them to experience the dynamic of a team.
She also leaves an impact on the children of her country when she goes back to her home club and speaks to them about her story and how she got to where she is today.
"I love kids," Cnops said. "I like to motivate them and see that they are competitive. I really like to encourage them too because I know it can mean a lot to a little kid to be encouraged by somebody they may aspire to be like."