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Q&A with Quim Vidal Mora on his blazing start at Nevada, growing up in Barcelona

Quim Vidal Mora
Quim Vidal Mora has gotten off to a great start to his Nevada career. (Nevada athletics)

After four seasons at Jacksonville State, Quim Vidal Mora has gotten off to a dream start at Nevada. The Wolf Pack first-year transfer golfer has had two top-10 finishes in his first two starts at Nevada, including a tie for fifth in last week's Husky Invitational, which saw the Wolf Pack storm back from a 17-stroke deficit in the final round to edge Washington for the team championship. Nevada also finished second in its first tournament of the season, the Gene Miranda Invitational. As a result of Vidal Mora's early success with the Wolf Pack, he is the Nevada Sports Net Wolf Pack Athlete of the Month for September, an honor presented in partnership with Champion Chevrolet.

You can watch our full interview with Vidal Mora below, or check out our Q&A underneath that.

Q&A with Quim Vidal Mora

Nevada Sports Net: It was a really exciting week for you guys last week at the Huskey Invitational. You go down 17 shots entering the final round and you guys rally to win. Take me through that moment with your team.

Quim Vidal Mora: We played good the first day, the 36-hole day. We played pretty decent, but we knew we could do better. We have a great team and Coach (Jacob Wilner) told us, 'OK, go out there and our main goal was to finish top four, top five. So go out there, play your best, do the best you can. You guys can play great.' So we went out there, had fun, tried our best and we had a great day, we came back from 17 shots. That was awesome. That feeling was absolutely incredible."

NSN: You transferred to Nevada after four years at Jacksonville State, which is actually in Alabama. It's not in the state of Florida. We discussed that before. But you have two individual top-10 finishes to start your Wolf Pack career. You finished tied for fifth at the Huskey Invitational. Have you been surprised that you've started so well after your transfer over to Nevada or is that kind of what you expect from yourself?

QVM: I didn't know this was going to happen. I'm really happy I wasn't expecting this because this is a huge program over here, great players, completely different from what I've been playing back home in Jacksonville. And here, the tournaments are much, much better. I wasn't expecting to finish this good. But I've been very comfortable with my golf and been playing decent, playing a lot of golf with the team that keeps up the level and just feel super, super comfortable and play great. I'm really happy for that."

NSN: What was the big draw for you to want to transfer and come play for the Wolf Pack?

QVM: My goal is to go to play professional golf, and I feel like back in Jacksonville the level was not as good as here. So I wanted to kind of have a team that keep pushing me, keep improving and the most important thing is to play better tournaments with great players. And here it's exactly what I was looking for. Also, Coach Wilner and Coach (Mike) Paul are super great coaches, and for sure they're going to help me with that and keep improving to go professional."

NSN: You grew up in Barcelona. You didn't move to America until you started college and wanted the opportunity to play college golf. We were talking a little bit earlier and you said soccer is the most important sport in Spain, then tennis is way below that and everything is way below that and golf is somewhere between five and 10 in terms of popular sports. How did you get into the sport?

QVM: Since I was little, my parents were playing golf. They started with golf, and they bought for me plastic golf clubs and they started playing around. They took me to the golf course with them, just hitting balls. I was enjoying it. I liked it. So just when the summers came I start practicing more, practicing more, playing tournaments. I love the tournament feeling, and I just thank to my parents that I'm able to play this great sport.

NSN: Barcelona is two hours from the mountains. You're right there at the beach. You've got a mix of all that different stuff. And you grew up as a skier. Are you excited to have the opportunity, maybe not necessarily while you're still playing, but maybe when you're done playing here at Nevada to explore the mountains in this area and get a chance to ski out here?

QVM: I hear that Tahoe and the ski resorts here are great, and I would love to see them around either. I don't know if I am going to have time to, and I don't know whether Coach Wilner is going to be very happy about it. (Editor's note: Nevada athletes are asked not to go skiing to avoid injuries.) But I would love to go around and see what's around here.

NSN: Coach was here earlier and said it's not a hard and fast rule, they just don't recommend skiing. So it's not a "no," but it's probably not a "yes," I guess.

QVM: We'll see. We'll see what happens.

NSN: You guys got a team second-place finish and a team first-place finish, so you keep doing that you might be able to bribe him into getting up on the mountains. What made you want to come to America. Was that scary for you growing up in Spain and saying, "I'm going to fly all the way across the world?"

QVM: Basically if you want to keep playing the sport and you want to keep improving and you also want to have a degree because you never know what's going to happen (you have to come to America). Our colleges in Spain don't have athletic departments. So if you want to take a degree and practice at the same time, you cannot do it like like this. The studying part takes so much time and it's so hard, you have to spend a lot of time and you don't have time to practice. It's really impossible. So I decided to come here and play for university and study at the same time that here. In the U.S., it's great. It's just a great idea, so I can keep improving on a future and try to pay to play professional golf.

NSN: I'm a big foodie and I know Spain is known as one of the best countries in the entire world when it comes to food. Are there a couple of things that you miss about back home and certain things out there? What is the thing you miss the most?

QVM: So many things. My family owns a restaurant back home, and the food is great. Anything is great. Local food from there is so good.

NSN: I remember I went to Spain when I was like 15 and I was struck at how good the beef was, the steaks. The beef was just the different flavor.

QVM: It's completely different. The fish is great, and then we have some local food that's great like jamón and paella, I really miss it a lot.

NSN: Have you found any places in Reno that come even close.

QVM: No, it's completely different. When I get to the States, I know I'm not going to be eating that kind of food. We don't have fast food back home. It's not very common. Usually we go sit down in a restaurant or cook at home. So here I'm just eating a lot of fast food or sandwiches that I.

NSN: What's your favorite fast food joint since you've come to America? Chick-Fil-A is pretty good.

QVM: Yeah, I love Chick-Fil-A. Chick-Fil-A is so good.

NSN: One of the things I love in Spain is the whole concept that you guys don't even really go out to eat dinner until like 9 o'clock at night.

QVM: Yeah, it's completely different. When I talk to a lot of guys that are from here, from the U.S. and I ask them, "What time do you usually go eat dinner?" They say, "Like 6, 7." It's like super weird. They say, "Restaurants here usually close at 9:30." We don't go before 9, or if we have a table, we'll have it at 9:30, 9. It's completely different. We leave the restaurant around 11-soemthing.

NSN: You guys are out all night, you get siestas in the afternoon the next day.

QVM: Siestas are not as common as people think, but during the weekends for sure.

NSN: I do want to get a soccer question into you. You're a big FC Barcelona fan. Obviously, Lionel Messi had been there for 17 years before leaving to go to Paris Saint-Germain. What was your reaction to that and how many games have you been to out there so?

QVM: Well, I'm a member of Barcelona, so we have a seat in the stadium. I love to go and enjoy games. When this news came up, I was really sad. It was shocking. I was thinking, "OK, this going to happen. This is not happening." You know that feeling that "This is not happening. This is not true?" And then like one week later you start realizing that this just happened and it was pretty disappointing. But the club is much more important than any one player.

NSN: You're not over it. I can tell.

QVM: No, Barcelona is not doing great right now, so we'll see what happens.

For previous Wolf Pack Athletes of the Month Q&As, click here.

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