Dustin Wilder, a corporate management major from Lipscomb University, is a licensed agent for Allstate selling many types of insurance. The bad weather is keeping the former Lipscomb golfer off of the course, but he is busy with his job and preparing for his wedding to former Lipscomb runner Amanda Twigg in July. Dustin spent some time this week talking with lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play golf at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played golf from 2010 through 2014. I played two years for Buddy Harston and I played for Will Brewer my last two years."
What made you decide to attend Lipscomb and play golf?
"Definitely having the Christian faith-based university and atmosphere tied together with the opportunity to play NCAA Division I golf. I am from Brentwood and I graduated from David Lipscomb High School. I wanted to stay close to home."
Your father, Greg, played at Lipscomb in the 1980s. How did that affect your decision to play golf here?
"It was definitely a positive that my father played at Lipscomb. I think early on in high school it was more of a negative. It made me want to create my own name and my own image. But the closer I got to high school graduation the more I realized how special it would be if I could kind of continue the legacy that he started."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"The thing that sticks out for me is the tournament we won at Murray State in the fall of my senior year. It was our first team win in seven or eight years. It was a really emotional and exciting event for us.
"It was Will Brewer's second year. It was really special for us to get that win under our belts and give ourselves some momentum going into the remainder of the fall and the spring. We brought that winning feeling back to the team.
"It was fun for me and my teammates to be a part of that transformation and really get the golf program on a better track, competing more and being able to recruit better players. It was really special to be a part of those teams that got us going in the right direction."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"I would definitely say it was Coach Brewer. From the time he took the position as head golf coach he really had a vision and a determination to help the golf program and help our team succeed.
"He was very good at goal setting and processing fundamentals. From a mental game perspective he really helped me see the big picture in terms of not letting one bad shot or one bad hole really mess with me. He taught me how to be able to overcome adversity on the golf course."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I would have to say the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It was really cool.
"FCA was not very big or popular at Lipscomb when I started as a freshman. But we were able to create a stronger interest in that organization and really get athletes on campus to participate in a faith-based athletic group. We would meet once a week for Bible study, play games, talk about God, talk about how to live better lives day-to-day and talk about our struggles. The rising of FCA, and making it more prominent on campus, was something that was really special to me.
"Brent High oversees FCA. I would say that outside of golf he was one of the biggest influences on me. I was fortunate enough to go on three missions trips with him and loved every minute of them. He is definitely someone close to my heart.
"The first one was to Mission Lazarus in Honduras the winter break of my sophomore year. I went there three years in a row during winter break. I also went on another trip to Jovenes en Camino, an orphanage in Honduras, in August of my senior year."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I learned to love others better. Through avenues of opportunities Lipscomb provided like having been to Honduras on multiple missions trips, FCA, chapel and Bible classes I was able to grow and develop my own faith. I try to share the examples of Jesus to other people."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Allison Duke. I really liked her a lot. She was always really funny. She had a very dry sense of humor. She just seemed to be very empathetic with the students. She would make the business areas we were studying fun and enjoyable for us."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am employed by Allstate Insurance. I am a licensed sales professional. I work at Scott Hall's agency in Brentwood, Tennessee."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single right now but I am engaged to Amanda Twigg. She ran track and cross country at Lipscomb. We are going to be married in July."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.