Summer is here, which means more golf for the Akron golfers. Throughout the summer, Zips fans can follow all of the action as current, future and former UA student-athletes compete in several tournaments and premier events while away from Akron. Check back to see how your favorite Akron golfers are doing.
July 24, 2013
It's been a busy couple of weeks on three continents for the Zips this summer.
July 15 was a date I've looked forward to for a long time, and a few days after I was done with my summer class, it was finally here! I packed my suitcases and left Akron to come home to Colombia for a well-deserved break with my family. While I was in Atlanta waiting for my flight to leave, my brother told me our practice round for our tournament was on Tuesday. Honestly, I was hoping I had one day to relax and unpack before I had to play my practice round, but Tuesday was the only day we were allowed to play.
During the practice round I got the chance to play with my brother and two of his friends. Playing with my brother was great! He always points out little things that make me realize I can strategize things better. Following his advice was crucial while I was competing because the course had tight fairways and very hard greens.
The tournament consisted of four rounds starting Thursday. Throughout the tournament, I had the chance to play with three girls who are starting their college careers this fall. Playing with them reminded me how excited and nervous I was about starting college three years ago. This past weekend I was really excited to play because my mom was able to come and walked with me while I played! After three years in Akron, I totally forgot how it felt to have my mom's support on the course. While I have been in Akron, my teammate's parents have always been very supportive, but having my mom with me was an amazing feeling! She was my motivation to play well and I was really glad I was able to play a good round while she was watching on Sunday.
After my experience this past week, I am looking forward to be a senior and enjoy my last year as a college golfer!
July 1, 2013
Last week was a busy week for the Zips. Incoming freshman Lina Bengtsson finished in fifth place at the Skandia Tour Riks # 3 Västergötland event (complete results). Also, head coach Jenny King and freshman Sierra Everson competed at the 2013 Ohio Women's State Amateur Championships. Following the stroke-play portion, Everson fell in 19 holes of her first match while King won her first match 5&3 before falling in the round of 16 by a score of 2&1. Read about Coach King's experience at the event in her blog entry below.
I was lucky to find the time in my schedule this past week to compete at the 90th Ohio Women's State Amateur at Lake Forest in Hudson, Ohio. It was an overall great experience for me as a player and as a coach. I haven't competed in a tournament with something big at stake since the last time I played in the Ohio State Am in 2008. So, I knew I was going to be battling only two things this week: the golf course and my mental state.
As it turned out, both were extremely tough to battle. The golf course itself was a great test for the players in the field. From tee to green there was not much room for error and the greens were small and fast. It was a typical old style golf course with huge trees lining the fairways and small greens with extreme slope from back to front. For me, mentally, you can see where the challenge lies. I came into the tournament with very little preparation due to major recruiting travel the past three weeks and because of the course make up and set up, it wasn't a place you wanted to enter with any doubt what-so-ever in your mind.
After I completed my practice round and studied my very thorough yardage book made by my husband (see picture). I made myself three goals for the tournament:
1. Monitor my self talk and stay positive
2. Approach every shot with no doubt, hesitation, or fear
3. Keep it simple
You shouldn't be surprised that all of these goals are geared towards the mental game. The mind is a powerful thing and if you have the right focus each shot, each hole, each round, then your physical abilities will not let you down. Of course, my main outcome goal was to make the Championship Flight. Back in 2008 I shot a disappointing 81 to find myself in the 2nd Flight. I did make the best of it and won that flight, but I wanted to set my sights higher this year. The only way to reach your big outcome goals is to focus on the process and that's with golf or anything you want to accomplish.
This year, despite my lack of practice, my game was on and I had a great tournament. During the qualifying round on Monday, I shot a 78. That was the 9th best score of the day and gave me a 10 seed in the Championship Flight! I battled nerves all day mainly due to not competing in that type of field in 5 years. I stayed positive and kept my focused and finished strong and accomplished the Championship Flight goal! My next step was not to dwell on that and focus on my approach to match play. In match play, it is very easy to get caught up playing the person. I made a point to stay focused on playing MY game and executing MY game plan. It worked and I came out ahead 5 & 3 after the first round of match play.
Round two of match play was an entirely different experience and was a true test to my mental toughness. To make a long story short, I found myself down 4 after 5 holes. The match was on its way to ending quickly if things didn't turn around! Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm extremely competitive and despise losing. I told myself one thing after I lost the 5th hole: 'From here on out, make it impossible for her to win another hole...bear down and get focused.' I honestly can't remember the last time I was in the zone like that. I started zeroing in on everything and found myself matching her step for step AND winning holes! I made a comeback, but unfortunately fell short on the 18th hole losing 1 down. I was proud of my fight, but again, didn't like being on the losing end.
This week was a great for me. I proved to myself I can play against the college players still and I also feel it is important for me to feel what my players feel when they step onto the course when the tournament flags go up. Experiencing tournament play from their perspective makes me a better coach and I am really looking forward to passing along what I learned to my team to help them reach the next level.
June 24, 2013
Last week, sophomore Laura Murray competed in the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in Norman, Okla. Following the event, she took the time to write about her experience.
This year, I had the honor of qualifying for the 2013 USGA Women's Amateur Public Links. This tournament is extremely prestigious, as the best amateur players were eligible. I competed against elite junior players (the youngest was ten years old), the best college players and women that just graduated from collegiate golf. It was quite the special occasion as my father, Scott Murray, was my caddie for the tournament, including Father's Day weekend.
Friday: We made the 15-hour drive from Tipp City, Ohio, to Norman, Okla. We took the historic Route 66 and ate at a Mom and Pop diner along the way. I ordered Chicken Fried Steak, and it was awesome.
Saturday: Saturday was day one of the practice rounds. The Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club was right on campus, so we saw all that OU had to offer. The practice rounds were delayed quite a bit due to a severe thunderstorm. I was disappointed to not get my full practice session in before I played, but was glad there was no tornado. It was a pretty impressive storm!
Sunday: Sunday was day two of the practice round and Father's Day! My dad helped me strategize on a few holes and pick out the right clubs for the par-3s. After the round, another threatening storm came near the course and they shut everything down. I was disappointed to have no chance of working on my short game; however, my dad and I got to watch the ending of the US Open!
Monday: Monday was round one of stroke play. The course played pretty tough; the overall distance was a bit longer than the average college tournament and some of the shorter holes were still tricky in their own way. For example, the third hole was only 305 yards, but had a distinctive "saddle" green, making it one of the toughest holes on the course! My favorite hole was the 195-yard par three...I stuck it both days. While I did not get the score I was hoping for on Monday, not all was lost. Later, we went to a non-pro horse-cutting event in Oklahoma City. While driving back to the hotel, we passed through Moore, the area hit with the recent F5 tornado. It was one of those powerful experiences that puts life into perspective. The damage done was unfathomable; in some neighborhoods, there was literally nothing left but rubble. We saw the remnants of the elementary school with flower and teddy bear memorials for the children that lost their lives. I saw first-hand some somber-looking people at the memorial. The scene really pulled at my heart and spoke to me. We are never guaranteed tomorrow and I believe we were created for a world so much different than this.
Tuesday: Tuesday was the final round of stroke play. I had an afternoon tee time, so my dad and I went to IHOP for breakfast. I ordered my favorite food, chocolate chip pancakes, so I knew it would be a better day. I started out hot, one under on my first six holes! I had more confidence in my ball striking and made more putts. Overall, I played much better. During my two days of stroke play, I competed with a girl from Tulane and a girl from Cal-Irvine. Overall, it was a tough atmosphere with incredible competition and a challenging golf course. Even though I did not make it into match play, it was an experience that will build me as a player. I know this upcoming season will seem easier now that I have this tournament under my belt. Go Zips!
June 19, 2013
Laura Murray concluded the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in Norman, Okla., in a tie for 114th place on Tuesday. She opened play on Monday with a round of 82 (+10), but rebounded with a round of 78 (+6) on Tuesday.
Also, Frida Fougberg took the time to talk about her first professional tour experience over the weekend.
I played in my first professional event over the weekend and it was a good and extremely fun experience. It was beneficial for me to be around one of the best players in Scandinavia and see what the differences there are between their games and mine.
This tournament was on my home course, which I had a lot of support and followers during my rounds. Lots of people were out there cheering for the home players and it was so much fun!
I had one of my best tournaments in a long time considering the course setup with length and pin placements. I played extremely consistent and I didn't make a lot of mistakes, which lead to making the cut. That was my goal with the tournament and I am happy that I could handle the pressure that was on, especially during the second day.
Overall, this was a great event and I am so happy that I got the chance to play all three days. I look forward to play more professional events and to be able to compete against the best players. Now I know that I can do it and that I can give the top players a good matchup.
June 17, 2013
Over the weekend, Frida Fougberg made her first start in a professional event, competing at the Delsjö Ladies Open hosted by K. Sjödin & L. Wessberg in Göteborg, Sweden. Fougberg opened the week in stellar fashion, finishing Friday's round tied for seventh place with a score of 3-over 74. She would go on to card a round of 77 (+6) to become just one of two amateurs to make the cut.
The final round on Sunday saw heavy rain, strong winds, thunder and hail, but that didn't stop Fougberg from carding a second-consecutive round of 77 to finish tied for 20th place with a three-round score of 15-over 228. Look for more from Frida later this week. Here is a link to the complete recap.
Also, sophomore Laura Murray opens play at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in Norman, Okla. Rounds one and two are set for today and tomorrow, respectively, with the top 64 players seed into the match play brackets. Click here to follow all the action from Oklahoma.
June 13, 2013
Freshman Frida Fougberg will become the third Zips' women's golfer to compete in a professional golf tour event when she tees off on Friday at the Delsjö Ladies Open hosted by K. Sjödin & L. Wessberg at the Delsjö Golfklubb in Göteborg, Sweden. Click here to read the complete release.
June 12, 2013
Laura Murray had a solid start to her summer schedule, finishing tied for third place at the Midwest Collegiate Amateur Tour event at Shaker Run Golf Course on Tuesday. She posted rounds of 79 and 81 to finish with a 36-hole tally of 160 (+16), just two shots off the pace. She was the top finisher from the Mid-American Conference as six MAC golfers competed in the event. The finish should be a great confidence boost for Murray heading into next week's U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Sierra Everson, also competing in the event,
finished in 13th place with a score of 169 (+25).
June 10, 2013
The week ahead is going to be a busy one for Zips' golfers.
On Tuesday, sophomore Laura Murray and freshman Sierra Everson are set to play in a Midwest Collegiate Amateur Tour event at Shaker Run Golf Course in Lebanon, Ohio, near Cincinnati (link). This is the first event for each this summer on the tour. Last season, Murray posted three top-20 finishes in three events on the tour, including two inside the top-five.
On Wednesday, incoming freshman Mallory Etcheberry is playing in the Natural Resources Partners Bluegrass Junior event, an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament at the Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland, Ky. (link).
Freshman Frida Fougberg is set to play in a professional tournament in Sweden this weekend.
Check back for more information on how to follow Frida's
play in the pro event and for results from this week's events for
Laura, Sierra and Mallory.
May 30, 2013
Sophomore Laura Murray, one of the first Zips to hit the course this summer, qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship on Wednesday. The championship, which will be held June 17-22 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., is a championship for female amateurs who play on public courses.
Murray, playing at Twin Base Golf Club in Fairborn, Ohio, posted a round of 77 to win her sectional qualifier by three strokes. She battled gusty winds and dry course that made hitting greens difficult.
For more information on the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, visit the official web site.
Check back in June to see how Murray finishes in the event!
May 28, 2013
The Zips wrapped up the 2012-13 campaign with its annual banquet on May 4 at Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn. Coaches, student-athletes, friends and family got together to celebrate the season and two seniors, Hanna Ek and Tyler Etcheberry.
Four season awards were also handed out during the event.
Most Valuable Player: Frida Fougberg
Most Improved Player: Tyler Etcheberry
Triple A Award (Overall Academics, Athletics, Attitude): Hanna Ek
Zip of the Year Award (voted on by the team): Laura Murray
Check back to see how your favorite Zips perform this summer. First event on the slate is the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship qualifying for Laura Murray.
2012-13 Akron Zips
Senior Hanna Ek, Head Coach Jenny King and Senior Tyler Etcheberry
MVP Frida Fougberg
Most Improved Player Tyler Etcheberry
Triple A Award Winner Hanna Ek
Zip of the Year Laura Murray
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