Sophomore Maureen Liddy
April 28, 2010
Go behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots", the online golf journal. In the eleventh edition of the season, sophomore Maureen Liddy talks about the Big Ten Championships, playing in her home state and jumping on the hotel beds.
Hey Illini Fans!
We just got back from Big Tens at the University of Wisconsin. Our team finished ninth out of eleven, but just two shots back of Michigan for 8th place. We didn't finish how we would have liked, but I think all of us learned a lot of very valuable lessons that we can take into next season. For me personally, it was quite the experience being back at University Ridge golf course for Big Tens. That happens to be the course where I played all four years of my state championship in high school. It was pretty surreal walking up the 18th hole with my Illinois golf team waiting around the green. It put a lot into perspective for me about how far I've come since high school. I have a lot of great memories there, and I gained a lot more again during Big Tens.
We had a really nice Big Ten Banquet on Thursday night. The speaker was Mark Johnson, the head coach of the women's hockey team at Wisconsin. He played on the Olympic hockey team from the movie Miracle, and also coached the women's Olympic team this year. He talked about how he has noticed that all the great athletes are separated from the good athletes because of their extreme competitive spirit. I think that all of us on this golf team are extremely competitive, and that is what makes us great golfers!
When we finished the round on Saturday, we had a lot of time to rest at the hotel. We all didn't want to do homework, so we ended up watching about 10 episodes of The Hills. Kaitlyn Wampler and I also found out that the beds were extremely bouncy, and we spent about a half hour jumping across to each other's beds. Raquel Hopton even videotaped it. We probably looked like we were five.
We had as good of weather (for Wisconsin) as we could have hoped for, for the first three days. The last day was pretty much sideways rain and very windy. That just makes the low rounds that day that much more commendable under those conditions. This Big Tens definitely made us all tougher and smarter golfers. We are very excited to focus on school these last couple of weeks and get back to practicing this summer. I can promise you great things next season!