Women’s Golf | 12/3/2021 6:00:00 PM
The University of Minnesota women’s golf team welcomes five newcomers to the team for the 2021-22 season. GopherSports.com will sit down with each of them to get to know them better as they compete in their first season in the Maroon and Gold.Up first, it’s Alexis McMurray. A native of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, she competed for Iroquois Ridge High School. McMurray had top-10 finishes at the 2018 and 2019 Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship. She also placed in the top-20 at the 2018 and 2019 Canadian Junior Girls’ Championship. In 2019, McMurray had a strong performance with top-five stroke play at the Western Junior Championship. At the 2019 North & South Junior Girls’ Championship, McMurray closed in the top-10. McMurray was a proud member of Team Ontario from 2018 to the 2020-21 season. The Team Ontario program is a tremendous accomplishment for select athletes in Ontario as they continue their journey towards excellence in golf and life. GopherSports: How long have you been playing golf?
Alexis McMurray: I’ve been playing golf since I was about eight years old. GS: Who introduced you to golf?
AM: My parents both introduced me to golf.GS: When did you realize you’d like to play collegiate golf?
AM: As I was entering high school and switched to a single sport, I realized I wanted to play collegiate golf.GS: What drew you to play for the University of Minnesota?
AM: On my visit, I really enjoyed the university’s overall atmosphere which felt like somewhere that I wanted to call home. The girls on the team were a great part of this and being able to have both good golf and academics was important to me.GS: How has your experience with the Gophers been so far?
AM: I have loved being a part of the gopher family so far. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been offered here and am excited to keep growing as a person and as a player on this journey.GS: What would you say is the strongest part of your game?
AM: I would say the best part of my game at the moment is my putting.GS: What is one thing you’d like to improve upon?
AM: One thing I’d like to improve upon is being more simple in my playing, which I believe will produce lower scores.GS: Is there anything you hope to achieve while playing for the Gophers?
AM: As a Gopher I would like to get to regionals as a team in the next four years that I will be here and I also hope to capture a team Big Ten title. GS: What has been your impression of the John W. Mooty Practice Facility?
AM: My impression of the facility is that it’s an unbelievable place to practice and drives me to get better everyday. Having our own beautiful space to practice with amazing resources has had a great impact on my game and I cannot put into words how grateful I am to have this opportunity.