Chip Shots: Ember Schuldt

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Ember CS.jpgGet the inside scoop on the Illinois Women's Golf team with Chip Shots - the blog that takes you behind the scenes. In this season's 14th entry, senior Ember Schuldt talks Briars Creek Invite and spending Spring Break at Kiawah Island. 

Hey Illini Fans!!

We just returned from Spring Break where we competed in the Briar's Creek Invitational down in Charleston, South Carolina. We finished 11th out of 17 teams. Although we did not start with our best first round we were all able to bounce back and learn from some of our mistakes and improve in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds. The 3rd round, 293, was actually the 3rd best team score of the day coming in right behind tournament winners Texas Tech and runner up finishers Penn State.

This tournament had some of the best food we have had all season...probably making this one of our favorite tournaments we have competed in too! J After the 1st day of competition they had a chocolate dessert bar that contained anything you could imagine, chocolate crème brûlée, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered strawberries, you name it!! The chefs at Briar's Creek were top notch and I probably should have taken some notes from them!

After the tournament we stayed in Charleston for the week so we could take advantage of playing in nice weather. Wednesday we got to play the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. It was AMAZING!! Luckily, we got a day that was not too windy. We even got Coach Slone to hit some shots on the range and a tee shot on 18!!! Coach Jenny brought along a few clubs of her own and played with us...not much rust there! We really enjoyed the day and made sure to take lots of pictures (and selfies!) on the course and the beach!

Thursday we used the day to practice at Turtle Point also at Kiawah Island. They were nice enough to let us use their range and big practice green to work on our games. After practice we headed to downtown Charleston to eat dinner at Tommy Condon's and explore some of the shops in the city. After dinner we went on a ghost walk tour. Our tour guide, Trisha, was very knowledgeable and even spoke some native Gullah for us. She led us around some of the graveyards and spoke about some of the well-known ghosts in the area. Stephanie was able to capture some "orbs" and "rods" on her camera which is very rare according to Trisha, so Stephanie has a "sixth sense".  Trisha also took us to the Mills House Hotel where Robert E. Lee has been seen at night roaming the hallways. He did not however, make an appearance for us that night, although I did scare Emily by telling her that I saw the lights flicker at one point...she believed me for the rest of the tour.

Friday we went and played 9 holes and practiced at Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club. It was a good way to end the break. We broke up into two teams and played best ball! Stephanie, Sam, and Coach Jenny ended up beating Emily, Michelle and I by one stroke that day. It was a good match! J

This past week we really learned a lot about ourselves and where we want to go for the rest of the spring season. We are working hard as we head into our next tournament in Jacksonville, FL for the Marsh Landing Invitational. You can all follow along on golfstat.com!


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