Chip Shots with Nora Lucas
Sept. 20, 2010
Go behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots", the online golf journal. In the second edition of the new season, junior Nora Lucas talks about the first tournament of the season, private housing, and the team's record setting performance of the second round.
The first of anything is always exciting for a variety of reasons, but the first event of the season is always very exciting. To open our 2010-2011 season we traveled to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Ptarmigan Ram Classic hosted by Colorado State. We flew out of Indianapolis on Saturday and arrived Saturday night at our host family houses. As a college student it is rare that we have time to cook home cooked meals and keep our apartments as clean as they should be, so whenever we get a chance to spend a few days at private housing it makes for one of our favorite tournaments. The two families we stayed with could not have been more hospitable and welcoming. Not only did we get to stay in their beautiful and comfortable homes, but also we were provided with gift baskets, cookies, and an endless supply of water to keep us hydrated in the altitude.
On Sunday we had our practice round, which was very productive. During the round we bounced ideas off one another and discussed various things about the course, such as elevation changes, green dynamics, targets off the tee, and overall landscape of the course. Our practice round is our time to get our game plan in action for the next day. We plan our course strategy. Immediately following the practice round our host family organized a BBQ for various alumni that are residents of the Fort Collins community and the team. The food and ambiance was spectacular and we cannot thank our host families enough!
Obviously Sunday was helpful in our record setting performance that occurred on Monday. This season we have really been focusing on what it takes to shoot lower scores and each of my teammates has done a really good job of working on specific things in their games to help them succeed. It was not a surprise, then, that we shot 285 on Monday afternoon that smashed our school record by six shots. Although we did not finish where we wanted to, we put ourselves in a position to do great things. Winning is no coincidence. It happens in small steps, and this tournament was a small step towards accomplishing great things.