Hi Illini fans,
The past week and a half our team played in back to back tournaments. First, we went to Tulsa, Okla., to play in the Dale McNamara Invitational and just two days after went to University of Michigan to play in the Wolverine Invitational.
In Oklahoma we had the opportunity to play the Golf Club of Oklahoma, a beautifully designed Tom Fazio course. It was hilly and challenging for all the teams. During the practice round our team set up our game plan, most importantly picking targets off the tee and drawing out the greens with all of the undulation. We felt like our plan was solid going into the first day but unfortunately did not execute as we had planned. We continued to struggle through the tournament without any sub-par rounds to be included, ending up 14th/16 in a strong tournament field.
We used this tournament as motivation to do great in the next tournament. I think we all knew that our potential was a lot better than what was showed in Oklahoma and were determined going to Michigan to show everyone the great players we really are. Again in Michigan, at the University of Michigan Golf Course, our team made a game plan on the practice round day, keeping in mind that we had to play smart. We knew there was bad weather approaching that would change club choices for the first and second round along with hard, undulating greens that required knowing where the best place was to land shots.
After that first day no one really stood out on our team for having a good start, although I posted a solid 75 in the first round along with Jacqueline Calamaro's 76, and then in second round Michelle Mayer had a 75. With the weather being rainy and cold, we ended up still being in a good position for attack going into the final day.
The night before our final round we had a great dinner at the golf course and got to enjoy a tour of the Michigan football stadium. Everyone was in a good mood and I could see everyone's desire to play better the next day. We were at fifth place and felt that we had a good chance of winning being only 13 shots back.
For the final day we ended up doing very well, with 304 as the final team score. Ember shot a 72, low round of the entire tournament. Both Ember and Michelle gained our first top 10 finishes individually for the season at T-6th. As a team we were proud of our T-3rd finish, a great improvement from our two tournaments before. Although we did not win as we had hoped, we did shoot the low 3-day total of the tournament.
In the end, we definitely left Michigan on a positive note and feel that the improvement in everyone's game will continue. With three weeks off until we go to Indiana, we are ready to work extra hard and turn our weaknesses from the past tournaments into strengths. We are determined to win and will be giving 100 percent effort into our preparation for the remainder of the season.