Looking back at the 2010 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational: Shannon Fish
April 7, 2010
By Grant Abston, Texas Media Relations
Senior Shannon Fish recorded a season-best tie for 13th place at the 2010 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational held at The University of Texas Golf Club last month. As her career at Texas draws to a close, Fish spoke to TexasSports.com about her reflections on her final Betsy Rawls and what the postseason may hold for the Longhorns.
On playing in your last Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational: I think that I ended up playing pretty well the past few days, even knowing it was my last tournament. It was really kind of an emotional week, coming out and playing really good the first day was really fun and great, but I felt like there was a lot of pressure the second day. That’s something great about being at home, there’s so many people out here supporting you and you want to do well for yourself and you want to do well for them so it was kind of tough there at the end not playing so great yesterday, but coming back and playing well in this wind today made it a lot easier.
On coming back from injuries and sickness and playing well: Even though I haven’t been playing much lately, I haven’t completely forgotten how to play golf, I can still play. My wrist has been fine the past few weeks and I had the flu over spring break which is kind of a bummer because I didn’t get to play golf or really do anything, but I felt fine the past feew days so it was good.
On finishing at home with a high score: Well notoriously I haven’t really played that great at home, so it was good to finally play well in the last event, but it’s been great watching this tournament grow because I’ve played it with several different teammates and so finally having these new teammates here, it’s great to see them play well and I’m very proud of them. This tournament has grown with competition; there’s a lot of really good teams and individuals that are here and so it’s one of the stronger field tournaments which is something to be really proud of.
On playing against tough competition: I think that playing with good players always makes you play better. I hope that’s something that our freshman can realize and not be intimidated by, but rather to use it to their advantage and to play well. Just being around good players makes you better and give you different ideas to think about when you’re playing a golf course, so there’s really so much to learn.
On moving forward this season: I hope to just keep the momentum going. I really hope to be playing the rest of this semester, obviously. My swing feels really good, I’m just going to keep practicing and doing my thing and hopefully that will be good.
On having a lot of support at the tournament: Obviously having a support system like that is really essential to being a good team and to playing well. I think that it’s great that there was so much support and love and team spirit out here this week. I hope that it made us play a little bit better. There are so many people out here that love and support us, so for them to be out here, we really appreciate it.
On playing well in front of family and friends: As far as my parents and friends being out here, that means a lot to me because they’ve supported me so much the past few years, really ever since I was little, so sharing the college experience with them and playing well is really important and I feel that this is as much as a part of me and The University of Texas and my team as it was for my friends and family to come out.
On how the team will move forward following the tournament: I think that we played well in a really stiff competition so that should give us good thoughts going forward, especially in the Big 12 and regionals. I hope that we realize that we're really playing good even though our 'A' team came in fifth, they put up some good scores and the weather was really tough so I just want everyone to remain confident.
On playing in the wind: Playing in the wind is such a funny thing because it can switch up on you so quickly, some holes are downwind, some holes are into the wind, some holes there’s no wind, and mentally it’s really trying because you’re always trying to figure out the right club and where to aim and things like that, but physically it’s really tiring as well because you’re standing out here in a 20 mph wind and so when you finally get to go inside and stand where there’s no wind, it’s like, wow, that was exhausting.