Chip Shots with Katelin Dilger
Feb. 22, 2011
Go behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots," the online golf journal. In the eighth edition of the season, junior Katelin Dilger talks about the team's trip to Florida for the Illinois Challenge and what's ahead for Illini women's golf.
Hello there Illini fans!
Here in Champaign, we are getting ready for a really exciting week! But before I let you all know about the upcoming week, I'll give you an update of what's been going on since our last Chip Shots edition.
We all really enjoyed the trip to Crystal Smith's hometown (Venice, Fl), where we competed in the Illinois Challenge against Illinois State. I'm very happy to say that we won the Illinois Challenge for the third year in a row. The Illinois Challenge is always a great tournament because the entire team travels, and we have a great fan base that comes out to watch. It's also a special tournament because we get to connect more as a team. Our first round of the tournament is played as a best ball format with our teammates. I personally loved the first team dinner we had where two of my teammates taught me about different sea foods and I got to try a lot of new things. Then there was dinner following the tournament that the entire team loved. We went to Crystal's grandparents where we indulged in different pastas and desserts. The day after the tournament we had the opportunity to practice at the Plantation Golf and Country Club before heading back to practices in Demirjian.
Since Florida, we've spent quite a bit of time in Demirjian putting and chipping and also working on some of our mechanics using the mirrors. We are so lucky to have Demirjian, and it really benefits our games, especially our short games.
Even though it's still February we've already been able to get outside and play 18 holes in preparation for our first regular season tournament. All of that brings me to what is going on this coming week.
On Friday the team is heading to Georgia where we will compete in the Kinderlou Forest Challenge. Coming off the win at the Illinois Challenge, we are very excited to get out there and compete, and we have a lot of confidence.
Another really exciting event this week is the second annual Jock Jams on Wednesday. Jock Jams is an athlete talent show where U of I teams get to be on stage performing in areas other than their sport. It's a great event where all proceeds go to charity. It's also really fun for us. So we've been practicing for that and I must say we're surprisingly not bad. I don't want to give too much away about our performance, but I can say that we'll be doing some twisting and shouting along with some other dance moves.
Thanks for checking in and be sure to watch how we do this week at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge!
Katelin Dilger aka Dilge