Sophomore Raquel Hopton
Oct. 20, 2008
Go behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots", the online golf journal. In the fifth edition of the season, sophomore Raquel Hopton recaps the Orange and Blue's trip to Indiana and competing in the Lady Northern.
The Fighting Illini Women's Golf team made the trek to my home state of Indiana this weekend for the Lady Northern hosted by Purdue. This tournament is a Big Ten preview for the spring where all 11 Big Ten teams were present along with 3 others. The Kampen course at Purdue is one of the most challenging courses I have ever played and I'm sure the other girls feel the same. It really tested our course management and mental toughness. Pete Dye really wanted to see what we were made of! This was one of the first tournaments this season that has been pretty chilly in the morning, so we are looking forward to facing the coming central Illinois weather. We are more than prepared though since we have plenty of warm weather gear, gloves, ear warmers, and most importantly hand warmers (what a great invention)!
We had a great time this weekend bonding as a team. We stayed in a hotel that decided to put huge trees in the main lobby, so we were debating all weekend as to whether they were real or not (they were). We also learned from each other and learned from our mistakes. We talked about how we should be satisfied with good outcomes and not intently focused on perfect outcomes every time. The freshmen are all adjusting well and getting better every tournament. To see them competing with some of the best players in the country really makes me proud of the progress we have all made. We know what we have to work on in these coming weeks before we leave for the Texas State tournament on Halloween. I know that we will travel down south with a winning attitude and a group of great players. Keep following our progress and help cheer on the Fighting Illini!