Chip Shots with Jackie Calamaro

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Calamaro.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with Chip Shots, the online blog update for the squad. In this season's fourth edition, redshirt freshman Jackie Calamaro writes her first-ever update covering the team's latest tournament at the Hoosier Fall Invitational.  Be sure to take a look at the photos from the Crooked Stick Golf Club.

Hi Illini Fans!!

This is my first Chip Shots blog of my career, and I'm so excited to share our team experiences with you from our past tournament, the Hoosier Invitational. The team went to Carmel, Indiana, and we were lucky enough to play Crooked Stick Golf Club this weekend, which was an amazing experience!! The course, designed by Pete Dye-"abolical", has hosted numerous pro events, including the U.S. Women's Open, Solheim Cup, and the PGA Championship where John Daly won his first major in 1991. I absolutely loved the golf course, and it was amazing to be surrounded by all the history there. Sidenote: the clubhouse was out of this world awesome.

Our team had a tough start in the first round, but posted the low score of the entire tournament during the second round on Monday afternoon (293). Our team put ourselves in great position for the final day. Tuesday we experienced some difficult weather, but nothing we couldn't handle, and even though we didn't finish out the last round the way we wanted, we learned a lot from the experience and once again put ourselves in a good position on a tough track.

We had some great individual finishes as well, with four out of the six of us coming in the top-20. Hailey was T-6th, Sammi finished at T-11th, I finished at T-15th and Dilge finished at T-18th. We also had a lot of fun; I roomed with Hailey, and my early morning habits definitely woke her up :) I also saw one of my best friends, who plays at Mizzou, at the tournament, and our reunion was probably heard all the way back to Champaign. My playing partners and I bonded over Twitter and the Golf Boys music video; needless to say that the last few holes of the 36 hole day people tend to get a little #goofy.

Overall we had a lot of fun. I was so excited to play in my first tournament. After having hip surgery in May and then having to go through therapy and recovery the entire summer, being able to play in a competitive environment was the ultimate prize for me. My teammates and I supported each other throughout the week, and I learned a lot from watching them and from our coaches. Overall the tournament was a success in that we continue to progress and learn each time we go out and play, and we're all confident that our top-three finishes will turn into wins sooner rather than later.

We have one more tournament of the season in North Carolina, so stay tuned!!


Jackie Calamaro

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This team reminds me of the 2002-2003 Illini team!
Hope you guys make it to the NCAA National Tournament this year.

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