Women's Golf
Chip Shots with Kristen Kallergis

Junior Kristin Kallergis
Junior Kristin Kallergis

Feb. 12, 2007

Go behind the the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots", the online golf journal. In the second edition, junior Kristin Kallergis talks about what it has been like getting back to training, and what it is like being on the team.

Marian Wright Edelman, an American Civil Rights Activist said, "You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day". Although this may seem totally cheesy to start a blog with a quote, I think it's a great start in explaining the ways our team has been pushing each other in order to get the best practice and life out of every day.

I'm not going to lie; I was never a morning person until this semester. This could be the reason why I scheduled all of my classes starting at 10:00....and if you told me six weeks ago that I'd adjust to waking up at 6:30 two days a week for kickboxing and yoga, and 7:30 the other three for practice, I would tell you you're a liar. But in all fairness, it's all because of our coach. She's there pushing and supporting us everyday, and although it wasn't all that much fun at the beginning, it's been awesome having teammates there to back each other up 100% of the time. I think our team does a great job in balancing school, golf, and our social life. Each of us push each other in practice and in having fun. One of my favorite ways to hang out with the girls is to sit around and play an intense game of Scattergories....and trust me, it's intense. I thought growing up in a half Greek and half Italian house with 3 other siblings was loud...We've defined a new loud :) We also seem to find time to go to dinner, requests of Nancy and Kelsey mostly, to El Toro time and again, although it's usually again and again and again (Seriously, we need to find a new place:)). One of our other favorite things to do as a team is save Thursday nights at 8:00 to watch Grey's Anatomy, and even though I will be extremely disappointed if Meredith dies, I know we'll all be together to yell about it.

Through it all, so far this semester, I think our team has really come together in agreeing on what's important. We actually had a team meeting the other day to write down our mission statement and post it in our brand new locker room at the Demirjian facility, which is amazing. We're each finding ways to motivate one another and respect each other when we have two opposing views. Today, Nancy actually shared with the team an inspiring video with a great attitude towards life and the game of golf. It talked about how at 211 degrees water is hot, but that at 212 degrees it boils. It then continued to say that "with boiling water comes steam, and steam can power a locomotive", then adding that, "One extra degree...makes all the difference. And the one extra degree of effort in business and in life...separates the good from the great!" So it's the little things, like the emails of motivation, the cheering for other in the weight room, and the fun time we make to spend with each other outside of practice, that our team is getting freakishly good at, and allowing us to try and make sure we're taking advantage of every practice and every day.

We're pretty much a family, seeing as we eat, practice, have class, and live together everyday and it's being there for each other when it's a rough day to see the positive things we are blessed with such as the new Demirjian Facility that makes my team so special to me. We've realized that we cannot worry about the outcome, because that is uncontrollable and a waste of energy, but rather, we're going to put all of our energy into focusing on the process, like getting good sleep, diet, grades, and the most out of each practice. As Walter Elliot once said, "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races, one after another". Thanks for taking the time to check up on our website, hope to see you at our home tournament!


Kristi :)