April 27, 2014
Michigan Head Coach Jan Dowling
On Grace Choi's showing on day two and her overall performance ... "Her round of 70 yesterday was not only one of the lower rounds of the Big Ten Championships for Michigan, but it was the low round of the day for the entire field on day two. It was a difficult day; the wind was up all three days and her ball-striking was solid but what she did really well was using her imagination around the greens to get the ball up and down. I think she only hit about nine greens and when you don't hit greens you have some pretty intimidating chip shots, but she was able to visualize the shot she needed to hit and execute. She birdied two of her last three holes coming in and put a really classy round of golf together. I know she's disappointed, but at the same time, she's building for the next time she's in contention, which will be very soon. She's a very good player, she has a great feel for the game of golf and a great imagination and her future's bright. We're glad we have three more years of her."
On improvements she saw between rounds ... "This course requires that you really trust yourself. There are a lot of intimidating tee shots and approach shots and you really have to bear down and trust yourself. It's inevitable, no matter how good of a player you are, you're going to get yourself some sort of difficult situation and our team wasn't able to limit our mistakes as well as we could have. We made some big numbers that really killed our momentum. Overall, Yugene shot a 77 today with a triple bogey, and I know our seniors wanted to finish out strong and our team wanted to finish out strong for our seniors. They always play hard for themselves and for our team and it's too bad we didn't finish a little bit higher but I'm still really proud of them."
On the difficulty for the entire field to score all weekend ... "Pete Dye creates a lot of intimidating situations. Your eye is looking one way when you need to hit it the other way, and if you hit it in the wrong place you've really got yourself in a difficult situation. The teams that did really well were able to limit their mistakes, because it's inevitable on a Pete Dye course. By limiting those mistakes you can carry on and make a few birdies here and there and shoot a good round and we weren't able to do that at our best this past week but I think when you take a look at the whole picture of our season, there's plenty of positives as we move forward."
On her excitement for the future, while feeling appreciative of departing seniors ... "Our seniors have very bright futures, and I want to thank them for everything they've done for our team and for this University. They represent Michigan very well no matter where we go, and I also want to thank them for buying into our coaching style and for what Mary and I are implementing with our team. If the seniors don't buy in it becomes very difficult for the whole team to buy into it and I can't thank them enough for that. As far as our future, we got better this year and I'm very excited for our future. Grace has a phenomenal feel for the game of golf and Cat is tough and a fighter, and Lauren is obviously going to be our senior leader on the team. I'm very excited for the future and the incoming kids. We've got a phenomenal base to build ourselves off of and I can't wait."