Mary Grace Davidson

student athlete

FAQs

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What is your home golf course?

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My home golf course is Grey Rock Golf Club. It is one of the five municipal golf courses owned and operated by the City of of Austin that I have been playing since I first picked up a club.  It also happens to be the course on the other side of the fence in my backyard. So it really is my home course.

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What is the most memorable shot you have ever made?

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My most memorable shot was #6 at Wolfdancer.  A short par three.  I hit a pitching wedge to the back left of the green on top of a hill.  The ball didn’t stop.  It kept rolling until it traveled almost 50 feet, stopping one inch from the hole.  I thought I had my first, but it slipped away.

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What’s been you best win?

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My best win so far has been in the 2018 the City of Austin Championship. I was playing two courses that I loved and knew I could do well on both.  I shot 75-73 to win by almost 20 strokes. I not only played some great golf, but made some new friends in the process.

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What is your best score?

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My lowest 18 hole score is a 73.  I shot one at Onion Creek in The first round of an STPGA tournament.  I shot my second 73 in the second round of the City of Austin Junior Championship leading me to win with a 75-73.

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Do you have a physical fitness routine you follow?

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As of right now, I do not.  However, this is due to a current slight injury. I have a micro-tear in my Achilles tendon and am working hard doing PT twice a week to work it out.  I should be fully recovered before January 12, 2019.

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Do you have a favorite course that you have played?

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My favorite course that I have played would be at Palmilla Beach in Port Aransas right on the Gulf of Mexico.  I love the course because although you play the same distance every time, the conditions are never the same.  Winds can get up to 40 mph since it is right off the coast and they blow both in and down island.  And there are only three trees on the entire course, but I always manage to find myself behind or under them.

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How often do you play?

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Right now while I am focusing on my recovery and before my school season begins and on weeks without tournaments, I play once a week on the weekends.

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What is your practice routine like?

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My practice routine will depend upon what I am struggling with, but because I focus more on my studies, I focus on quality over quantity to maximize my practice time.  I also focus my practice time on threes: 1/3 putting, 1/3 short game, 1/3 long game.

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Describe your pre-shot routine?

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As I walk up to my ball, I focus on looking at the course and where I want to hit it.  When I get to my ball, I get a yardage for the spot where I am looking for my ball to end, taking into consideration the conditions we are playing in as well.  I then take two practice swings exactly how I want to hit my shot, next to the ball.  I step back behind the ball and visualize my shot as well as picking out my intermediate target. I look at that spot, align myself, look at where I want it to end, make sure I am aligned, take a deep breathe, and swing. I watch my shot until it stops rolling.

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Looks like you have a new putter. What is it?

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Although I loved my Wilson 8802, I now have an Odyssey Exo 7 putter, with a slightly weighted grip.

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What clubs are you using now?

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My wedges are all Calloway Mack Daddys (50, 55, 60 degree).  My irons are all Callaway Apex with a recoil shaft.  My woods and driver are all Titlest, and my 4 hybrid is Cobra.

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What are you looking for in a college coach?

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I am looking for a coach who will help further my golf career and who will believe in me and support me.  I am looking for someone who can help give me constructive criticism and who will help me through difficult times.  And I am looking for a coach who can mentor me in both golf and in life.

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What type of team experience so you expect?

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I want a team where we can all help and support each other, not just on the course, but off it as well. We'll spend lots of time together, so I want some girls who enjoy each other and want to be around each other.

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Where do you want to play golf?

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I have grown up in a warm weather climate where we can play year round.  So I am most comfortable with that.  But I am also open to new places and experiences, so I am pretty open to where I want to go.

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What do you want to study in college?

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I am really good in math, science, engineering and technology.  So I want to study some type of engineering or something.  I'm really exploring, but I could also see myself studying pre-law, criminal justice, or forensic sciences.  I'm open and just want the best education I can get.

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Who has had the most influence on your golf career so far?

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Probably my parents.  They have supported me in everything and they have put me in a position to succeed in my education and golf career.

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Why do you love golf?

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I love golf because it can be both an individual and team sport.  You can play the game all by yourself, or with your closest friends.  I love golf because after playing for 11 years in Austin, I know almost every girl that I play with and I love when I don’t know them, because I make new friends that I probably see again.

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Do you play any other sports than golf?

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Not anymore.  I played varsity basketball my freshmen year when our team made it to the state semi-finals.  I played golf, basketball, and volleyball from 5th-8th grade. Before that I played soccer for two years and softball for two years. In addition, I have competed in several kid triathlons.

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Who is you favorite golfer? LPGA? PGA? College?

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My favorite golfer is Lexi Thompson.  After watching her fight through a very difficult penalty at the ANA Inspiron tournament, I wrote a paper the following year in school about how video technology and the changing of the rules costs pros tournaments.  I also like Cheyenne Knight whom I got to know when I was at the University of Alabama Golf camp several summers ago.

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What’s your favorite golf memory?

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Too many to count.  Coming in top ten in the TAPPS state tournament after winning a playoff was pretty cool.

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When did you start playing golf?

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I started golf when I was seven years old.  After school, my PE coach held an after school sports program.  Mondays we went skating.  Tuesdays we went swimming.  Wednesday we went bowling.  And Thursdays we went to the golf course where they had a short three-hole course that was just the right size for us.  Skating was fun, swimming was a cool, bowling was a hoot, but I lived for Thursdays when we went to the course.  So, from the very beginning, golf was always fun.