I am so excited to be writing my first Chip Shots Blog. Since I arrived on campus, everything has been a whirlwind of excitement. I constantly have things to do and places to be. I really have adapted well and feel like I am getting into the swing of things. After two months, I feel right at home. I was talking to Sammi at my first tournament, the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational in Kentucky, and I said to her, "I couldn't imagine wearing any other school colors." We bleed orange and blue here at the U of I. The school spirit here is amazing, and I am so proud to be a part of it.
Not only was I excited to be competing again, but also traveling to my first two tournaments gave me the opportunity to get closer to my teammates. We had a lot of time to bond during the car rides in the Turtle Van too. Although I anticipated better results at both tournaments, I was just happy to be there, playing the game I love and gaining the needed experience. It truly is a whole new level of competition. I was also pleased with that fact that I improved every round of each tournament.
I learned a lot from the tournaments as well. The Bettie Lou tournament tested our mental toughness. I realized that weather conditions are sometimes less than ideal in college golf and we just have to make the most of it. When the going gets tough, the tough get tougher. I am ready to face the next weather challenge that comes my way.
At this past tournament, I was reminded of the importance of giving it my all every day in workouts and cardio. The French Lick course is built on the hilly terrain of southern Indiana and although it doesn't seem feasible, just about every hole managed to be uphill. We climbed and persevered and felt good even after playing 36 holes. This made me even more excited for this upcoming spring because I know we will be in even better physical shape towards the end of this season. The course tested our distance control in every aspect of our game. Landing spots on greens was crucial because of the severe undulation on the greens and putting speed was essential for low scoring.
After the tournament, we realized what we need to improve and how to prepare ourselves to come out on top at the Big Ten tournament. It will be an exciting transformation to see the results from this preview to the Big Ten Championship. I am fully confident in my team, after seeing what we are capable of on the course, and I know that we will only improve in the future.
Follow us next week as we play at the Hoosier Invitational!