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Monday February 20, 2012Coach Dowling Recaps Northrop Grumman and Previews The Allstate Sugar Bowl

Gainesville, Fla.

Opening Statement

“Just wanted to give a quick summary of our tournament in California, the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. We finished 12th as a team. We had an individual finish in the top-20, which was Camilla Hedberg, which is a very solid finish. It was a very difficult field, a very difficult golf course and you got to golf your ball to finish in the top-20, especially with the field we were in. So we’re very proud of her for that. Both Evan and Mia also posted some solid rounds for us but just didn’t put the whole tournament together but that’s golf.”

 

“As far as our team goes, it was obviously a disappointing finish for us but at the same time, golf is very much a process. We want to learn from it and we want to get better from it. I think that’s the important thing. The process is obviously to peak when we’re playing in April and May for our postseason. We’ve come back and done some work, reflecting on each individual player on our team and also as a team.”

 

“One of the big things that was obvious to me was our course management, as a team. We made some big numbers, which stunts your momentum, obviously, on the golf course. We are trying to limit double bogeys and sometimes triple bogeys. That’s what we want to do. I take pride in my team being able to limit their mistakes and we did not do that last week and that’s one of the reasons we finished 12th. Again, it’s a process, it’s learning. I’d much rather be playing really well in April and May as opposed to February but we are going in to win every tournament so that was disappointing.”

 

“I know my team is very excited to come back next week and play in a tournament again. My top-three in particular are extremely competitive and they’re ready to tee it up again and prove that they can play a lot better than what they did last week. Our next tournament is in New Orleans at the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the English Turn. It will be a good test, although there were some low scores shot there last year. There were scores in the mid to high 60’s almost every day there so it is a scoreable golf course but at the same time you have to manage your golf ball out there and it’s another great field, as well, so we’re very excited about that.”

 

On what Evan, Mia and Camilla bring to the team…

“They are passionate about the game of golf. I saw from them a lot of enthusiasm out there this past week in some tough conditions on a tough golf course. They’re very passionate. They were out there all this past weekend working hard trying to get better and I know they haven’t been satisfied with the way they’ve played this past week so that is essentially what they bring to the table, which is some intangible stuff which is extremely valuable to a golf team. They’re competitive, enthusiastic and passionate.”

 

On the lineup going into the next tournament…

“We’re making a little bit of a change in our fifth spot. Isabelle Lendl is going to stay at home and in her place we are going to put Megan Pak in the lineup. Megan is actually from New Orleans which is kind of a neat deal so she is going to be kind of going home for her first tournament of the Spring. I’m excited for her. She’s been working hard and she’s posted some solid numbers in our qualifying which has been very encouraging.”

 

“The reason Isabelle is out of the lineup is because that kid does everything right. She works hard. She’s very passionate about the game of golf and sometimes the game of golf is really hard so its best for her to take a week off, clear her head and get herself ready for the postseason. Again, that’s the most important part of our year. Again, it’s a big process and I’m confident that her taking a week off and getting focused for the next two or three months is the bigger, more important thing for Isabelle. We’re excited to have Megan in the lineup and we have four other very solid players who are excited to go.”

 

On what the team needs to prepare for playing at English Turn…

“It’s kind of a reflection of last week. We’re going to work on course management. The weakness for our team was course management and you have to continue to do that on every golf course. It tends to get windy in New Orleans just because it’s very flat and by the water so we’re going to continue to work on controlling our golf ball a little bit lower, working on flights and making sure we’re picking conservative targets when the conditions aren’t as ideal for scoring.”

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