ALMONT — The Wayne State University women’s golf team announced recently the addition of Grace Zimmerman, a 2018 graduate of Almont High School, to their roster.
Before heading to Wayne State, Zimmerman spent the previous two seasons competing as a member of the Cleveland State squad.
“I was very happy to learn Grace Zimmerman was considering a transfer to Wayne State,” head coach Meredith Weaver said. “While she had some solid high school performances, she seems to have grown her game at Cleveland State,” she noted.
“Grace is a determined, disciplined and an upbeat person who I expect will help the team greatly. I also anticipate her game will continue to improve and look forward to her helping move the program to the next level.”
During the 2019-20 campaign Zimmerman competed in 13 rounds and five events for Cleveland State before the majority of the spring season was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was there she posted a scoring average of 78.4 per 18 holes, with a low of round of 73 and a low 54 -hole total of 229.
She managed one top-20 result, tieing for 14th at Youngstown State with a 160 over 36 holes. She also wound up tied for 24th at Ball State with a 232 (80, 79. 73) and carded a 229 (77, 75, 79) at Elon.
That came on the heels of her initial campaign at Cleveland State which saw her compete in 11 events and play 27 total rounds. Zimmerman would finish with a 82.1 scoring average.
Her low 18-hole outing of the year came at the MAC Fall Preview where she managed a 75. She also shot 76 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational, the Cardinal Classic and the Delores Black Falcon Invitational; tied for 21st at the Youngstown State Spring Invitational; plus pulled up 37th at the Horizon League Championship on the strength of rounds of 82, 86 and 90.
In high school, Zimmerman was a four-year letterwinner, four-time team captain and three-time League MVP.
Zimmerman began her successful four-year stay at Almont as a Division 4 state tournament individual qualifier.
She then led her team to three straight top-seven finishes at the Division 4 state tournament after that. Almont took seventh her sophomore year as Zimmerman carded a 180, consisting of rounds of 94 and 86.
The following season Almont would improve to fifth at the state tournament with her assistance.
As a senior, Zimmerman’s play helped Almont to a third-place showing at the Division 4 state tournament. It was there she shot a 161 over 36 holes en route to second medalist honors, consisting of an opening round 79 and a closing round 82.
For her performance, Zimmerman earned All-State accolades.
Wayne State University is scheduled to begin their spring season March 20-21 at the SVSU Spring Invitational.
Cherry Blossom Golf Course, in Georgetown, Kentucky hosts the 36-hole tournament.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.