March 11, 2014
Senior Alyssa Shimel carded a team-best 10 birdies in Coral Gables, Fla., last weekend at the Hurricane Invitational (March 3-5) and scored a career-low 69 in the final round on her way to setting a new 54-hole career best total of 219. On a tough course plagued by heavy winds, Shimel's closing round helped stabilize the Wolverines, whose final-round team total of 291 was a season low. Discussing her career day at the Biltmore Golf Course, the team's mindset heading to Arizona next week, and how the Wolverines spent their spring break, Shimel took time to speak with MGoBlue.com for this week's spotlight segment.
On posting a career-low 69 to close out the Hurricane Invitational ... "I was hitting the ball pretty well, but what really helped me score was definitely my putting. I made some good birdie putts and had some good par saves."
On where she was able to cut strokes in a tournament that featured much of the leader board over par ... "I think holes 16-18 were set up well for how I hit. They kind of favored the cut that I hit off the tee, and that's how I was able to put myself in a good position. Then I just made some good putts on those holes, especially on 17 where I made a 15-footer for birdie."
On where the team is as a group ... "I think this tournament, especially the last round, is a good confidence boost. We came out a little shaky to start, but everyone thought there wasn't much to fix, just one or two minor adjustments, and I think we did a good job of making those minor adjustments, especially on the final day. So I think it's a huge confidence boost going into the next tournament."
On what she expects to see from her team in Arizona ... "All of us are working on our short game, trying to get a feel because it's hard coming out of the winter. Those tough shots and putting can be hard to judge off the get-go, but I think we're doing a better job working on that, and I think if we improve short game and course management we'll have a good tournament in Arizona."
On how the team spent the remainder of U-M's spring break while in Florida ... "I know we were excited about sleeping in, so that was nice, but then we also went down to South Beach and a few of us were joking that we were going to find LeBron (James). It was nice to have a relaxing day where we could soak up the sun as much as possible."
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