The Michigan women’s golf team is off to a promising start
after securing first-place finishes at both the Lady Northern
Invitational in Ann Arbor two weeks ago and the Mary Fossum
Invitational in East Lansing on Saturday. All 11 conference teams
were at the Michigan Golf Course for the Lady Northern, held Sept.
11 and 12. The tournament marked the first time Michigan has
finished ahead of every other Big Ten school at a tournament.
Sophomore Ali Stinson — who set a collegiate-best of 221
strokes, good for a fifth-place overall finish — contributed
to the Wolverine win.

Known for her steady and consistent play, Stinson has turned in
solid matches at the season’s first two tournaments. She
attributes her success to her play over the summer, when she played
for the British Columbia Amateur Team and worked hard to improve
her game for this year.

“I had a really good summer with tournaments,”
Stinson said. “I’m shooting longer off the tee and I
think that’s one of the main reasons I’m shooting lower
(scores).”

This season, Stinson is more confident in herself and her
team.

“Personally, I came here this season knowing I wanted to
do better than last year,” she said. “I don’t
have to deal with the adjusting like I did as a freshman. As a
team, we have a lot of depth and talent.”

According to Stinson, Michigan’s success in the Lady
Northern Invitational gave the team the confidence to achieve its
goals for the upcoming year.

“We are hosting the Big Tens this year, so the win at the
Lady Northern was huge,” Stinson said.

Stinson’s motivation to finish ahead of every conference
team was not the only aspect contributing to her success: Beating
her twin sister also played a role. Stinson’s twin sister,
Maria — a sophomore at Purdue — also competed at the
Lady Northern.

“It’s not weird because we play together every day
in the summer,” Stinson said about playing against her
sister. “We are best friends and do everything together
— of course the sibling rivalry is there. I want her to do
well, but only if we can still beat her team.”

Stinson is not the only Wolverine shooting her best right now.
Senior team captain Laura Olin also shot a career-best 219 at the
Lady Northern, tying for a second-place overall finish.

If the first two weeks of the team’s play is a sign of the
season to come, the Wolverines have a lot to look forward to.
Michigan has two weeks off before heading to Franklin, Ind., for
the Legends Tournament Oct. 4 and 5.

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