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Fisher optimistic about season

Focus, athletic background aids senior in developing skills on course

You would sooner find senior Tiffany Fisher on the balance beam than on the driving range at the age of 13. It was then that the lone senior on the women's golf team felt burned out from her gymnastic experiences. \nTom Fisher, Tiffany's father, encouraged her to try golf. He put her in three clinics where she began to develop interest and skills for the sport. That experience led to the opportunity for Fisher to caddy for her father at a local club championship in her hometown of Easton, Penn. Her father won the tournament, spurring Fisher's devotion to golf even more.\n"He won and I saw the rewards and all that golf had to offer," Fisher said.\nFisher honed her golf skills, becoming a three time District XI champion at Easton Area High School. A well regarded business school, legendary golf coach Sam Charmichael and an attractive Bloomington campus all contributed to Fisher's decision to attend IU.\nIn previous years, Fisher has posted exceptional scores in several tournaments, including last year's Big Ten Championships. She shot a career low of 205 to finish fifth. Fisher also completed the season with four more top-25 finishes and is the team leader with 92 career rounds played. \nNow the only senior on the team, Fisher looks to continue on a successful career with a decorated and enjoyable last season.\n"I have a lot of mental goals this year, and want to enjoy the process of playing golf since this is my last year of eligibility," Fisher said. "And obviously before I graduate I would love to win a tournament. As for team goals, we really want to win the Big Ten Tournament and hopefully get to nationals." \nFisher attributes her mental strengths and abilities to her childhood days as a gymnast.\n"My mom was my gymnastics coach and it was serious club gymnastics; we practiced six days a week four hours a day," Fisher said. "It really taught me focus, work ethic and a lot dedication, all things that really helped me golf."\nThese traits have also helped Fisher garner the respect of her teammates and the title of captain.\n"She is a good leader, a good friend, and a huge part of connecting the team," freshman Megan Mulhaupt said.\n"I think Tiff is a really good role model for the team," sophomore Ambry Bishop said. "She is always willing to listen to any problems and creates unity for our team. Not only is Tiff a great leader, but she is also a hard worker in everything she does."\nBut Fisher's achievements have not all been racked up on the golf course. She has twice been named an Academic All-Big Ten athlete. As a student in the Kelley School of Business, Fisher plans to major in marketing and operations management and has career aspirations in the sporting world.\n"I hope to stay in the golf or sports industry on the business side and maybe consider being a certified Ladies Professional Golfers Association member," Fisher said.\nWith the completion of her golfing career at Indiana on the horizon, Fisher is approaching this season like no other.\n"I am trying to take a new approach this year, and make sure that I am enjoying every moment since this is my senior year and I probably won't have the opportunity to play much golf again since I will have to get a job"

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