Hey Illini Fans,
Following the Ohio State tournament, our team learned a lot about perseverance and mental toughness. The first two rounds set us back in the field. We ran into some difficulty not being able to match good rounds together, however Ember had a great overall tournament. She started off the first round really strong with a 73 and closing with a 74 to move her way up to a fifth place finish. The amount of hard work that she has put in over the past year has been demonstrated in her consistency and revealed in her confidence, which has allowed her to shoot some great scores. The final round, we were really focused and committed to staying present minded and carrying forth a patient attitude. Both Sam and Ember had stellar last rounds of 73 and 74 respectively.
The Scarlett course demands that you focus on one shot at a time and tests course management decisions. There are plenty of opportunities for birdies as could be seen by the amount of birdie conversions and two eagles we had throughout the three rounds. It was all about taking advantage of what each shot presented. The night before the last round, we talked about playing the holes backwards by taking pin placements into consideration off the tee box in order to put ourselves in the best position for every approach shot. We had a successful last round, which was the third lowest score of the day.
It was a helpful reminder that we are among the top competitors at these tournaments and that we are capable of battling till the very end. The tournament was not as successful as we had hoped, but it provided some great feedback for us on what we need to work on individually for the post season. The course helped to get us into a placement oriented mindset, which is extremely beneficial leading up to playing the Pete Dye Course at French Lick. Time to learn and move forward!