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Chip Shots with Samantha Sloan

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Sloan3_BettieLou.JPGGet behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with Chip Shots, the online blog update for the squad. In this season's second edition, senior Samantha Sloan recaps the team's tournament in Kentucky and looks ahead to the Lady Northern Invitational. Be sure to take a look at the photos from the Big Blue Course in Lexington.

Greetings, Illini Fans!

As you read in the last issue of Chip Shots from my teammate Katie Dilger, we have gotten off to a great start this season and climbed the rankings. Unfortunately, we were not able to follow that up with our best performance, and finished fifth at the University of Kentucky Bettie Lou Evans Invitational. We struggled as a team in the first two rounds, and did not put ourselves in a great position from the start. The tournament was a success for us as a team, though, as we learned a great deal about what we need to focus on throughout the rest of the season. I also had one of my best finishes as an Illini, finishing sixth overall after having led the field through the first round. A couple tough holes dropped me back out of the lead, but I am motivated to get the team and myself back on top!!  A few other highlights from the tournament were Sophomore Ember Schuldt's stellar second round of 73, and Freshman Michelle Mayer's debut as an Illini.

While we did head a little south of Champaign, that did not bring the best of conditions. In the morning, we experienced lows in the 40's and some very strong winds on the first two days.  That being said, we have been thrilled with the gorgeous weather here in Central Illinois. It has allowed us to get some great work in as we prepare for the Lady Northern this weekend at French Lick resort in Southern Indiana. Coach Slone and Szymoniak have come up with some very challenging, productive sessions for us this week.  We are extremely motivated to strengthen our weaknesses and finish at the top of the field again.

Another great thing about this tournament was the extra time we had between rounds. Because it was three days, 18 holes each day, we finished earlier than normal and got in some great team bonding time, and were able to get ahead on school work for the next two weeks, as they will be very busy for us! Getting homework out of the way will allow us to focus on our golf that much more.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check back for updates after the tournament!

Peace, Love, and Illini,

Sammi

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