published Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Who golfs? Nuclear engineering student Matthew Comp

Matthew Comp

Chattanooga

Student

Matthew Comp is not a golfer — yet.

He is a tennis player and began swinging a racket when he was about 11 years old and played for Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville.

But golf does perk his interest.

He spent time Tuesday afternoon with friend (and Chattanooga Lookouts pitcher) Craig Stem on the Moccasin Bend driving range learning how to make flush contact.

"Having to understand my body as I'm standing there and imagining my swing beforehand is stimulating," Comp said. "I may be standing there stagnant, but there is so much going on.

"When you hit it right, there is this unifying experience that I really cherish."

He's here to study nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He's thought before about heading in different directions, including pre-med, English and psychology. But the 23-year-old said he's finally found his way.

"I know what I don't want to study," he joked. "Psychology was kind of cool, but it's a soft science with a lot of 'it could be.' Nuclear engineering is a precise science."

And he basically wants to save the world by developing energy alternatives to fossil fuels.

"In the next 50 years, we're going to go through some sort of energy crisis," Comp said. "I've had a passion for helping the world find new energy."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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