July 18, 2011
Each weekday in the month of July, MGoBlue.com will feature an interview with a U-M head coach. First up on Monday (July 18) is head women's golf coach Cheryl Stacy, who talks about summer tournaments, the new practice facility, and going up north.
What makes the summer in golf so unique?
I saw a lot of them out here early because five or six of the girls were taking spring classes so they were practicing a lot. The girls who went home, I've been keeping track of their tournament play. We've had a few good finishes. Yugene (Lee) finished runner-up in her amateur for the top 60 girls from Georgia. Alyssa (Shimel) finished runner-up in the Ohio Am. Meagan (Bauer) qualified for the TIVA, which is the LPGA Futures Tour event. They've been playing well.
Playing in these big tournaments that they're playing in, I think it's a great time to build confidence and know they can compete with the best players in the country. If there are any swing changes that need to be made, they need to do them in the summer, because when we come back in the fall we're right off and running and we don't want to be tweaking too much during the season.
Why are the summer months so important to the development of your team?
In the summer and winter when we have time, when we're not competing, to just hit balls and work on technique is great. When you're playing in tournaments you need to be ready and prepared.
What do you see as the team's biggest strength heading into next season?
Knowing that Meagan (Bauer) is coming back for her final year, and then knowing that sophomores will have that one year under their belt -- that's always a learning curve -- it will be interesting. I think it will be a good year. I'm looking forward to that. And it's exciting because we have three more really good freshmen. Depending on how they adjust to school in the fall is key.
What was your first summer job? And where?
As a young kid I would always mow lawns between golf and everything else. And I babysat. I did those types of jobs, so I didn't have a job per se where I had to clock-in since we were always playing in tournaments or playing other sports.
Do you or did you have any special travel plans this summer?
I haven't yet, but I plan on going up north in August near Mackinac Island with family and friends. We're going to get a house -- I think there will be seven or eight of us -- and we'll just hang out and swim and hike and things like that.
Tell us one unique thing you've done since the season ended?
The one unique thing about our program is the indoor facility. The fact that we're not in it yet, but we're seeing the walls go up is so exciting. I keep running out there. With the driving range and the renovation there, knowing that we're going to be in there in October, we're just thinking 'wow.' All of our coaches are going to be out there and we're planning and buying things; we have to buy like refrigerators and a microwave and that kind of thing, so it's kind of unique to our program.
Past MGoBlue.com Summer Sessions
Head Men's Golf Coach Chris Whitten (July 18)
Head Rowing Coach Mark Rothstein (July 15)
Head Women's Swimming Coach Jim Richardson (July 14)
Head Volleyball Coach Mark Rosen (July 13)
Head Men's Soccer Coach Steve Burns (July 12)
Head Women's Cross Country Coach Mike McGuire (July 11)
Head Men's Cross Country Coach Alex Gibby (July 11)
Head Women's Soccer Coach Greg Ryan (July 8)
Head Men's Tennis Coach Bruce Berque (July 7)
Head Men's Track & Field Coach Fred LaPlante (July 6)
Head Water Polo Coach Matt Anderson (July 5)
Head Men's Swimming & Diving Coach Mike Bottom (July 1)