Freshman Katelin Dilger
April 21, 2009
Go behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots", the online golf journal. In the 12th edition of the season, freshman Katelin Dilger recaps the Lady Buckeye Invitational and looks ahead to this weekend's Big Ten Championship at Purdue's Kampen Course.
The Fighting Illini Women's Golf team just returned home from the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament was played on Ohio State's home course- The Scarlet. This tournament was the last regular season tournament before we head to Big Tens. Although we finished in eighth place our second round score (of 308) is a great confidence booster heading into competition this upcoming week.
The Scarlet Course is great preparation for Big Tens because of its challenging set up which requires players to carefully position their shots very similar to Kampen-Purdue's home course. The field also was composed of several Big Ten teams as well as other highly ranked teams, such as the University of Washington, giving us an inside look into our upcoming competition this weekend.
We all really enjoyed playing the course that was renovated under golf-great Jack Nicklaus. The renovation completed in 2006 deepened the bunkers and lengthened the course. We also all loved the weather which was warm and sunny.
Now that we are back in Champaign, we have a couple of days to rest up and prepare for Big Tens! The first round starts on Friday, so check out golfstat as we tee it up in West Lafayette.