Senior Nancy Featherstone
April 13, 2009
Go behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots", the online golf journal. In the 11th edition of the season, senior Nancy Featherstone describes the weather conditions and tournament play at the Indiana Invitational.
The Illini women's golf team traveled to Indiana last week to play in the Indiana Invitational at Otter Creek. This was our first tournament of the spring in the Midwest, and it was an exciting one. Our practice round started out sunny and warm, but abruptly ended on our 9th hole when the lightning sirens started to blast. Rain poured the rest of the day and into the night, making the course very wet. Throughout the first two rounds of play we got a little taste of all of the elements including rain, sleet, snow and even hail for a couple of minutes! The course was still in great shape given all of the rain it had gotten over the past day. The weather, needless to say, definitely kept everyone on their toes and made things interesting, but we still managed to fit in 36 holes of golf on the first day while playing the ball down and lift rake and place in the bunkers. The wind started picking up later on in the tournament, making a soggy course even longer on some holes. This showed in the scores, with the entire tournament course average being 82. Coach Slone kept reminding everyone that weather is a state of mind and to remember that everyone is playing the same conditions. Hailey took advantage of this and started getting a handle on the weather, posting two very solid final rounds of 77. Sammi led the team again this tournament as an individual with the low score of 240, which was good enough to put her in a tie for 23rd. We have two tournaments left this year, and for me these will be my last two tournaments of my college career. We have now officially experienced every possible weather condition and are prepared for anything! This weekend we are headed to Ohio State to play the Scarlet course. This will be the first time the four freshmen have seen this course, and they all seem pretty excited to get out there and play it. Keep an eye on golfstat for live scores from the next two tournaments!