Player diary: Casie Cathrea, Oklahoma St. (Part 2)
I moved in at Oklahoma State (with a little help from my dad), and having never lived alone – or more specifically, away from my parents – for more than a few days made my first few days in my campus digs a learning experience.
Having first landed in Dallas at 11 a.m. the Friday after the Junior Solheim Cup (classes started Monday), I first went to Jim McLean Texas to get a checkup from one of my instructors, Justin Poynter, with my dad. We then made the 4 hour drive to Oklahoma City to pick up my awesome new car (Nissan Rogue). Thanks Grandma and Grandpa! We got to the Oklahoma State campus at 11 p.m. that evening and met up with Coach (Courtney) Jones, who had the keys to my new place. Over the next three full days, my dad and I moved my stuff into my 1,200 square foot, two bed, two bath apartment. We visited Wal-Mart four times, Best Buy twice and went to two different grocery stores three times. I registered for classes and parking, figured out my workout schedule and still got in 18 holes.
Wow, what a few days. I had never before noticed where stuff came from, but I came to realize there was never a laundry fairy (washer and dryer inside our apartment), that TVs and laptops don’t drop magically from the sky and oatmeal takes three minutes in the microwave.
From the day I committed to play for Oklahoma State in October 2011, I had to wait 698 excruciating days to represent the Cowgirls for the first time on a golf course as a team member. But even before I got to play my first ever college event, the Dale McNamara Fall Preview (Sept. 9-11), like so many other programs I had first to qualify within my own team for the right to play and be seeded. We had a three-round tournament as a way of selecting and seeding our seven players at Nos. 1-5 since only five travel. So after three great rounds at two golf courses (Karsten Creek and Stillwater Country Club), we had picked the team that would travel just up the road to Tulsa. I was really lucky to play with awesome girls in my first event as a freshman - sophomore Julie Yang (Korea) freshman Isabella Deilert (Sweden) and seniors Jayde Panos (Australia) and Lauren Falley (Topeka, Kansas). It’s great to get to play with players every day who gained their experience playing around the world and care about each other.
I was no more excited than any member of our team to start out the season. Of Golfweek’s top 12 preseason picks, 11 of those teams were playing in Tulsa on Sept. 9, and we noticed. That first round showed we can play with the top teams in the country, leading the way with 20 birdies between five of us and in first place after Round 1. My heart pounded on that first tee, not because I was nervous or anxious but because I could finally represent Oklahoma State for real and I was excited to get going. Although we were disappointed in a third-place finish overall that week and I was not happy personally about my T-12 (11 birdies), our team had an astonishing 43 birdies over three days. Julie Yang tied for second. Those are great places to start as a team. I came away from my first-ever college event knowing we should do great things this year as a team and I hope to be part of that.
That’s it for now. GO POKES! Next up: Yes, I want to represent the United States at the Curtis Cup, our awesome workout facilities, our second tournament in Chicago and why having a roommate that plays tennis, can cook and teach you Spanish is so awesome!