Charlie Keene was a golfer for the Belmont Bruins from 1997-2001. As a member of Belmont’s first four Division I era golf teams, Charlie helped the program earn 18 top-five finishes and BU’s first team title in 1999. Individually, he ranks in the top-15 in BU history in career scoring average, career top-10 finishes and career top-20 finishes. Keene was also the first Belmont golfer (male or female) to win an individual title in the Division I era. Charlie recently spoke with Belmont Athletics about his time at Belmont and well as his present life with his family in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I chose Belmont because it fit me as a person. It was a smaller school where everyone felt like a family. As students we were not a number, everyone knew your name.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
I have a bunch of great memories. One of the many would be that we had challenges as a team by having different types of contest. We would have putting and chipping contest, we would play 9 holes with two clubs or play 9 holes hitting a certain type of shot, etc. We did it to work on certain aspects of our game but also to have fun. It got competitive!
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont? How?
Coach Carroll Clark. He had a wonderful attitude. He was always positive, it didn’t matter how good or bad the situation was at the time. If we had a bad round or bad tournament we could always count on Coach Clark to bring us up.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
Being a student-athlete is not easy. To perform the best as a student and as an athlete takes discipline and time management. I found out the hard way after the first semester that I needed to work on both of those skills.
What advice would you give to current members of the golf team?
Enjoy it! That extra 30 minutes of practice time will pay off.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Dr. John Gonas. Dr. Gonas has such a passion for teaching. His excitement about learning is contagious. He made it fun.
Where do you live now?
My family currently lives in Clarksville, TN
What is your occupation?
I am a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch
Tell us about your family.
My wife Margo (Belmont ’01 – former softball player) and I have three children, Maggie (6) and twins Millie and Zell (4).