Hi everyone, it’s been a few weeks since my last update and a lot of things have happened since then. We have played in two tournaments and during this time we also had our spring break. Our first stop was Baton Rouge, LA for the LSU Golf Classic. This is a tournament that we go to every year, it has a great field and we love coming to Louisiana. They changed the course two years ago and made it more of a championship style golf course. It’s extremely tough around the greens and you have to have a strong and creative short game to be able to play well there.
I felt confident going into the event because I knew how hard we had worked and I felt that the girls were playing well. We got off to a decent start the first day, but before we left the course we worked on some things so that we would feel more comfortable and positive leaving the course. The second day was better for us; we improved on our score a great deal. I think they still felt like they left some shots out there, but it was very important for me that they understood that we as a team had had a great day.
During this event we have a host family, so after the first round we had dinner with them. It was delicious! We had lasagna, salad and dessert of course. And then after the second round we were invited to Heather Lott’s house for dinner. She is from Baton Rouge originally and was excited to be back home if only for a few days. To add to the excitement, Heather’s mom had rented a Frozen Yogurt truck to come to her house. This team is addicted to Fro Yo and we have it on every trip at least a couple of times so it’s needless to say the whole team was ecstatic!
During the last day of the tournament we got off to a rough start, we were able to pull it back together in the middle of the round, but unfortunately we lost some shots coming down the stretch as well. It was a disappointing day for us because we were very close to beating some great teams and we were close to breaking through. This team can be great, we just need to keep believing and let it happen. It’s easy to start to force things when this becomes a reality so we just need to keep doing what we are doing, relax and play some golf. In the end we finished in 7th, beating two teams that were ranked ahead of us, one of them being Purdue who won the National Championship two years ago and was runner up last year.
After the tournament was over we had a couple of days to spend in Baton Rouge for spring break. Unfortunately the majority of my team is
injured so we spent the Monday in the LSU training room getting treatment, then we went to Edwin Watts to buy a putter and then we headed to practice. There were thunder storms all day that day, but thankfully we got a break in the afternoon so we could get some quality practice in. During the second day we got to play Baton Rouge Country Club, it’s one of the most exclusive courses in town and it was the perfect preparation course for the Florida tournament. Tighter off the tee and smaller greens with lots of trouble around them. We had a great day there and the girls really loved that place. Instead of playing for score we played for points and they could hit however many shots they wanted for practice.
On Wednesday it was time for our next trip and we were headed to Gainesville, FL. Once we got to the day of the practice round it became very clear that Ashleigh Albrecht could not play for us. She had been checked out by a Dr. at LSU for her ankle pain and he suggested we shut her down completely. A part of me and her were still hoping that the ankle would heal miraculously in a couple of days, but that was not the case and she couldn’t put any weight on it or shift her weight to her left side in her swing. It was a tough decision to make, but when a player can’t walk, you really don’t have a choice. I still felt very confident in my five players and I knew that we could still have a great week despite not having one of our best players.
And just that happened on the first day, we played great! We were in fourth place after the first day and I told the girls that this is the team that we can be. This is the golf that we are capable of playing, we just need to stick to our game plan, focus on ourselves, relax and play golf. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do so the next day, the team was tense and the attitude was different on the course. We were playing tense golf instead of relaxing, knowing that we had nothing to lose. Despite us having a bad day we didn’t lose much ground and we were in 6th place after the second day. After the round we had a great talk as a team and I think we all felt ready to finish the tournament on a strong note with a good attitude.
On the last day the team was in a great place in the morning, everyone was positive, had a good attitude and a great focus. Despite this we got off to a rocky start, we started on some tough holes, but we also made some poor swings and we carried those with us instead of letting them go. During the middle of the round we did better, but we weren’t quite able to finish out the day. We just weren’t able to stop the bleeding that last day and that led to an 11th place finish at the Lady Gator Invitational. Again, we were very close to breaking through as a team and I wanted the players to realize that. The bad swings wasn’t about technique that day, it was about our minds and believing that we could be that
underdog team that could be successful. We will continue to work on our confidence, trusting our games and believing that we can be great.
Before this semester is over, we will have our breakthrough tournament!