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Chip Shots: USGA Women's Public Links Journal

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Senior Pim Thirati follows up via blog on her experiences from the USGA Women's Public Links Championships in Dupont, Washington.

Hi Illini golf fans,

On Wednesday I felt as if I played a little better but it was one of those days where I just couldn't get the ball in the hole. It was still a great experience and I had an amazing time these past few days. I learned a lot from this tournament and I now know what I have to work on moving forward. It was by far one of the best tournaments I have participated in. Even though it ended sooner than I anticipated for me, I was very thankful for the experience, the people I met, and for being a part of the last WAPL.

The tournament was probably one of the most competitive tournaments I have ever played in. The atmosphere was different in that everyone was friendly to one another but once they were on the course, they were solely focused on their own game. Everyone walked with confidence and decisiveness. It was also very nice to see players who I have met in high school and are now playing in a different conference. As for the course, it was also one of the most difficult courses I have played in. It required a lot of planning and course management. Even though the fairways were forgiving, the greens were not. I learned a lot of the course about how to play each hole backwards and figuring out where to miss. I was also very excited and noticed that I felt more pressured to play well than any other tournaments. In general, even though I did not preform as well as I wanted to, I learned a lot from the tournament and I had to great time there and with my family. I hope to play more USGA tournaments even after my college career comes to an end next year. 

-Pim

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