A native of Langen, Germany, Laura Fuenfstueck has been a pivotal piece of the College of Charleston women’s golf roster since her freshman debut in fall 2013.
Currently a senior at the College, Laura began her college career with a freshman scoring average of 73.38 on 18 holes, while also setting the single-season scoring average record at the College of Charleston in that same season.
Through her collegiate career, Laura has been no stranger to success, accumulating various achievements on the course such as receiving two CAA Women’s Golfer of the Year titles in 2014-15 and 2015-16, becoming the third player in College of Charleston history to qualify for NCAA regionals in 2016, and earning consecutive All-CAA first team selections in 2014-15 and 2015-16. These accolades are tied to her secret for success academically and on the golf course.
“In both, I would say it’s commitment,” Fuenfstueck said. “I think for schoolwork, obviously, for some of us, it’s easier to get work done. For others, it may be a little harder. If you just stay committed and put the work in, you’ll get it done eventually.”
While she did not pursue competitive golf until her teenage years, Fuenfstueck began playing golf casually at a young age, swinging some plastic clubs at home.
“I was about 4 or 5,” she said. “My parents gave me a couple of plastic clubs and just started making a couple of swings at home. I played basketball too at the same time so didn’t really get into competitive golf until I was a little older. So, I’d say, [I got into] competitive golf around maybe, 13 or 14.”
Once Fuenfstueck became serious about golf in college, she looked to the states, as there are vast differences between high school recruitment in Germany in the United States.
“For golfers in Europe, it’s hard to study and still get a degree. That’s why a lot of them end up going to America. I remember I wasn’t clear if I would want to go to America and then coach started recruiting me. Then I warmed up to the idea of going to the States.”
Prior to committing to Coach Futrell, Fuenfstueck was between either going to the University of Southern California or the College of Charleston.
“[College of Charleston] had a couple of other Germans on the team which usually makes it easier because you already have a contact person that you could ask tons of questions.”
Building upon years of team chemistry, the dynamic of the Cougars roster this season is different from the last three years because there are five newcomers filling in for five women who have graduated.
“It’s been kind of fun to figure out what position you have inside the team and how the team will do this season. I think we have a very talented team, a very young team, but I think we have a couple of really talented girls so I think we can definitely go a long way this season.”
In regards to her best accomplishment this season, the Cougars’ first-place finish at the CSU Invitational stood out.
“The win at Charleston Southern felt good because I’ve worked a lot during this summer to figure out what I need to do to get ready for this year. And, I’ve been waiting for a win over two or three years so the one at Charleston Southern felt really, really good and felt like a comeback win.”
Fuenfstueck’s goal for the spring is to win the Colonial Athletic Association title again and she believes that is attainable because of a strong roster.
“I do want to make regionals again with the team and I think this is a talented team, I want to be on the team that makes it to nationals for the first time in school history. I think there’s a chance that we can do that this year.”
Recently, Fuenfustueck finished tied for third, out of 105 golfers, in the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Turtle Point course on Kiawah Island on Oct. 23-25.