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    Junior Katelin Dilger finished in a tie for 11th at the Challenge at Onion Creek, a personal best as an Illini.

    Junior Katelin Dilger finished in a tie for 11th at the Challenge at Onion Creek, a personal best as an Illini.

    Nov. 4, 2010

    Go behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with "Chip Shots," the online golf journal. In the sixth edition of the season junior Katelin Dilger talks about the final fall tournament of the season, the fun they had and what lies ahead for the team.

    Hi Illini Fans!

    This past week we competed in our last fall season event in Austin, Texas. The tournament was hosted by Texas State at Onion Creek Golf Club. This is the fourth time the Illini have competed in this event and we are excited to report that we had our best finish this week!

    We finished third in the event with a three round score of 890 and moved up from our second round position of fourth. The first day of the tournament provided some amazing weather and optimal conditions for competition. The sky was clear with temperatures in the mid to high 80s and only a slight breeze. We got out to an okay start the first round shooting a 296, but it was our second round that really put us into position. During the second round we shot a 281 (1 over par) putting us into that fourth place position.

    The 281 provided us with a lot of confidence going into that final round. On Tuesday (the final round) the conditions provided a bit more of a challenge. The temperature was quite a bit lower and much windier; however, our team felt prepared to deal with these conditions because of the conditions we have here in Champaign. We ended up posting a 313 in the final round. Although we feel like we left a few shots out there given the challenging conditions the 313 moved us up a spot on the leader board.

    In the end there was a lot of success at this tournament and in our entire fall season. We experienced team and individual success from the very beginning starting with our 285 in Denver, our win in Memphis, and our third place finish this past week just to name a few. Not to mention multiple under par rounds and this past week having three individuals finish top 20. Fellow junior Hailey Koschmann finished 18th at 223 (13 over for the tournament). Our freshman Ember Schuldt and myself finished in a tie for 11th at 221 (11 over).

    We all enjoyed competing this season and are looking forward to more competition in the spring starting with our team trip to Venice, Florida to compete against Illinois State in the Illinois Challenge. Each tournament we compete in we get to come back with more experience, confidence, and of course a lot of great memories.

    We all had so much fun at this tournament between the traveling, practice round, competition, and of course, meals! The practice round was really enjoyable as all five of us got to play together. We spent the entire 18 holes getting a really good feel for the course (which paid off during our rounds), but also having a ton of fun and joking around in between shots. Another really fun moment of the tournament was when the dinner before tournament play began. All the teams were present and we had a buffet dinner with live music and we got to decorate a pumpkin.

    We also had so many people supporting us this weekend. We had a few parents fly or even make the drive into Texas to watch us play. My mom, Hailey's dad, Ember's dad and family friend and Rick Slone were all there to cheer us on. We also had some Austin locals there who were alumni come out and watch us compete. It was so great to share our success with some Illini fans. We even met up with some Illini fans on our flight from Austin to Chicago when our pilot (another Illinois graduate) called out ILL over the loud speaker before our flight took off and we of course responded with a loud INI!!!!

    Now we are heading into the off season keeping in mind the success we had and looking forward to improving our games to experience even more success this spring. We will be working out hard doing cardio and weights as well as working on our games in Demirjian.

    Thanks for following us this season and keep checking in during the off season to see what we are up to in order to prepare for the spring.

    GO ILLINI!!!

    Katelin Dilger

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