Hello Illini fans!
We recently got back from playing at Marsh Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. It was a really fun course that presented itself with tons of opportunities for birdies and allowed the field to be really aggressive on and around the greens. We made several goals going into the tournament that allowed us to focus on making birdies, committing to shots, and attacking the course. Ember and Sam did a great job of this throughout the tournament. Ember had the most birdies on the team, scoring eight! Crystal and Jackie each posted a solid round as well. The weather during the tournament was great and we found that our shirt tans are coming back nicely. It was sunny and hot every day and we soon became adapted to the humidity and smell of marsh and salt water. The course was in great condition and I hope that we have the opportunity to play on it again next year.
We definitely have a lot that we can improve upon and a lot that we learned from the tournament. We are really striving to improve our short games and make sure that even when we do not have our "A" game, we are still making no more than bogey. Sam did a phenomenal job with her short game this past weekend by making 89% of her up and downs. During this next week of practice, we will focus on our lag putting and chipping on undulated greens to prepare ourselves for both Ohio State's Scarlet course and French Lick's Donald Ross course. I have a lot of faith that the team will finish off the season strong and be a top competitor at Big Ten's.