I have had an amazing yet busy past few weeks. Since my last blog, our Clemson team played the last tournament of the fall and I represented the United States at the Spirit International. The downside is that I am now working around the clock to stay caught up with all of the school work I missed.
Our last event was the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. For the practice round, we played a College/Am with some great people from Wilmington. As a team we didn’t have our best tournament but finished in third place. Individually, I shot 74-69-78 and finished T-8. This was definitely not the finish I was hoping for in the final event off my fall season. The biggest disappointment for me was making so many mistakes on the last day. I’ve played 11 rounds this fall without a double bogey and made two in the first five holes on Day 3, then added another late in the round for a total of three. Those are strokes that are hard to make up during a round, but it is something I am continuing to work on. Now that we are in our off season, I get a few months to work hard on improving my weaknesses in preparation for the spring season.
I flew straight from Wilmington to Houston, Texas, on Sunday after our tournament for the Spirit International. Our team Captain, Paige McKenzie picked me up from the airport around midnight and I got a few hours of sleep at the hotel before heading an hour away to Camp Olympia with Scottie Scheffler, and Ally McDonald where we stayed during the Spirit. Jordan Niebrugge, our fourth team member, joined us on Tuesday after he finished his last collegiate event for the fall. We got two good practice rounds in on Monday and Tuesday and felt prepared to start on Wednesday! Unfortunately, the weather was less than cooperative. We finished one hole the first day and then the course was flooded with 7 1/2 inches of rain over the next 12 hours. Ally and I shot 6 under the first round with each of us making three birdies. Although we did not play as well the last two rounds we still ended up taking second in the women’s division and winning the silver medal. Scottie and Jordan both played extremely well and won the boys division! For the overall competition, we won the gold medal and kept the streak alive at four consecutive wins for the United States.
We had a fun week filled with lots of different activities at Camp Olympia. We stayed in cabins and the camp staff went out of their way to make sure we all had a great time. Paige dressed us up for the Halloween party (the boys weren’t too crazy about the costume idea). The last night was a carnival theme with dancing, inflatable obstacle course, and a wipeout course. Ally, Scottie, Jordan and I decided to go to “The Big Swing” on the last night, which was a three person swing that went about 60 feet up and dropped you down. Having a fear of heights, this was out of my comfort zone, but I was very glad to have been able to bond with my team and get to know them better. Paige and my teammates made it an unforgettable week for me and I couldn’t have had a better time!
Now it’s time to get busy with workouts and honing our games in the off season. I am excited to see just how good Clemson women’s golf can be in the spring. We have come close to winning twice and I feel that will push us to work hard for the next few months.
“Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.” – Vince Lombardi