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    Chip Shots with Crystal Smith
    Freshman Crystal Smith

    Freshman Crystal Smith

    March 12, 2010

    Go behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots", the online golf journal. In the eighth edition of the season, freshman Crystal Smith talks about the team's first tournament of the spring season, private housing, and where they practice in the winter.

    Hey Illini Fans!

    We started off this season with a bang! This past weekend we played in the James Madison University Eagle Landing Invitational in Orange Park, Florida at the beautiful Eagle Landing Golf Club. We took second place out of seventeen teams with a team score of 904. Our very own Hailey Koschmann took first individually with a two under par score of 214! Way to go Hailey!!

    Our team scores were 308-294-302, for a three round total of 904. Coach was very excited about the 294 score on the second round. It just so happens to be the lowest round compared to par this year. The course was very scoreable considering it was in great shape and the weather was ideal. We all enjoyed the sunshine and getting a farmer's tan!

    Many of the volunteers and players asked me where our team practices while it's snowing and I was very proud to say that we practice in one of the best indoor facilities in the country. Demirjian has been like a second home to all of us the past couple of months. We have been practicing daily with team competitions and drills for all aspects of our games.

    I feel that part of our success was not only from our productive practices, but from our host family, Mr. and Mrs. Painter. This tournament is one of the few tournaments that we play in that has the teams stay with host families that live near the golf course. We were very fortunate to have the Painters as our host for the second year in a row. Each morning we would have bagels, all types of cereals, fresh fruit, and yogurt out before we even woke up. Starting off the day with a great breakfast really helped us prepare for the rounds. The club provided us with delicious lunches after all three rounds. It was nice to eat Mr. and Mrs. Painters home cooked meals and the club's delicious food.

    Our performance in this tournament is just the beginning to our successful spring season. I hope all of you will cheer us on and watch our goal come true to make it to regionals at Otter Creek!!

    Happy spring!

    Crystal Smith

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