Player diary: Nicole Morales (Part 3)
A lot has happened in the past few weeks. Wednesday was National Signing Day and I’m excited to say that I signed my National Letter of Intent to the University of Alabama! ROLL TIDE! I’m so excited that I am officially part of the Crimson Tide family, and can’t wait to play in the fall. I’m so fortunate to be going into Alabama alongside one of my best friends, Lakarabe Abe. As teammates, I know that we are going to have so much fun, and will do our best to represent Alabama with pride.
What made signing day so special was that my high school, Lake Mary Prep, made an entire event out of the signing. The entire school came out to support us, which really meant a lot to me. There were six of us signing our national letters of intent, and four of us go to the Mike Bender Golf Academy. It was a dream come true signing to Alabama alongside my friends Austen Truslow and Maho Hayakawa (both signed with Virginia) and Alex Shattuck (signed with William and Mary). All of the coaches from the Academy came to the signing as well, including Mike Bender, my coach Cheryl Anderson and Ben Pellicani. The only thing that would have made signing day perfect was if my mom was there. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make the trip down from New York, but she was there in spirit.
Last weekend I took my official visit to Alabama. I had such a great time with fellow recruits Lakaraber, Cheyenne Knight and Abbey Carlson. On Friday morning, we went on a tour of the new workout facilities, which are absolutely insane. I know that I will spend all of my free time in there training and working hard on my fitness. We also got a tour of the new state-of-the-art television studio, which was incredible. I plan on majoring in communications so I found the facilities extremely impressive. We had a team dinner at the Jerry Pate Golf Center, and ended the day watching the Crimson Tide Volleyball team defeat Arkansas in four sets.
Saturday morning, Lakaraber, Cheyenne, Abbey and I played nine holes at the University of Alabama’s home golf course, Ol’ Colony. It was a little chilly, but luckily there was no wind so that made the conditions a lot easier. Even though I didn’t play my best, I had a lot of fun with the girls and watching Cheyenne birdie three holes in a row!
Before the game started, we were fortunate enough to go down on the field with male recruits Jonathan Hardee, Davis Riley, Sam Burns and Zach Bauchou. It was an amazing experience watching the football players warm up for the game, and listening to the roar of the crowd as the Million Dollar Band came on to the field was something that I will never forget.
We all know how the football game ended, with a huge victory against LSU, 38-17. The girls and I all sat in the student section, which was a great opportunity to relax and have fun with my teammates. I can honestly say that I didn’t want the weekend to end. Seeing what student life will be like at Alabama makes me want to come to school that much more!
Next up for me is the Polo Golf Junior Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa. I can’t believe it will be my final time playing the Polo. I’ve had so many great memories playing in this event; I started my AJGA career with a win here two years ago, and can’t wait to go back home and regain my title. Until next time! Roll Tide!
“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr.