Women's Golf
Chip Shots with Samantha Sloan

Freshman Samantha Sloan
Freshman Samantha Sloan

Sept. 2, 2008

Go behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots", the online golf journal. In the first edition of the new season, freshman Samantha Sloan talks about adjusting to life on campus, the first days of practice and getting to know her new teammates.

Welcome to another new year of Illini Women's Golf! By looking at our roster, you'll see that we have a lot of new faces...7 to be exact, including myself. We have all been looking forward to this for so long, and are ready to get things going! Coach has definitely kept us entertained at practice with her many creative games to play, including a worst ball scramble and a points game. They keep things interesting and make us think in ways we haven't before. This past weekend, we had our first 36-hole qualifier, and we couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. These scores combined with 36 additonal holes will determine the lineup for our first tournament, the Chip-n-Club Invitational at the University of Nebraska on September 15-16.

Off the golf course, things have been awesome! Move-in day went along smoothly. Despite a few showers in the middle of the day, we all got settled and are very comfortable in our new (small) homes. Then began the Welcome Week activities. We kept very busy in those first few days! Quad day was a great experience, and it was cool to see how many groups are part of the university.

Nancy and Raquel supplied their own Welcome Week activity with the First Annual 2008 Freshmen Illini Golf Scavenger Hunt. We had a great time looking for random things around campus, and we learned a lot along the way. Class began on Monday, and it was much better than I had expected. Along with a few others on the team, I'm a business major, so my schedule is not complete without math and economics. Luckily, I often have class with my teammates, so I won't have to worry about finding a study buddy! Our biggest challenge thus far is figuring out the times for meals in the dining halls :). For some reason, we just couldn't get them right, so we now carry around a copy of the schedule just in case. Because the campus is huge, we all help each other get to class. I can't thank Nancy enough for walking me to each of my classes the day before they officially started...I would have been so lost without her! With the help of my teammates, Shari Clapp (our team's academic counselor), and a little tutoring, I'll have a 4.0 easily...okay, maybe not a 4.0, but close!

College is everything I expected and then some. While it doesn't come without its challenges, the triumph is worth the struggle. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we are looking forward to working hard and learning everything we can to improve in all ways possible. For me, it still feels surreal, and I can't believe that I'm actually part of something that has the potential to be so great. I am excited to see where these next few years take us.

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