It’s only two and half months into 2012 and I’ve already broken my resolution of updating this blog. So it’s time to get you caught up!
The first weekend the girls were back in school we packed up and headed to warmer climates in Tampa, Florida. UK has a great alumni group there that was willing to help us out with finding places to play and practice. But before we even got to Tampa we had some issues. We were supposed to fly out of Louisville that night, but unfortunately everything was delayed so they sent us to fly out of Cincinnati. So, after sitting in the Louisville airport for a long time waiting on our flight, we got back in our van with all of our luggage and headed to Cincinnati. Thankfully everything was on time the next morning and we got to Tampa around noon. This meant that we had lost almost a whole day of practice, but the girls stayed patient and positive and when we got to World Woods Golf Course we were all ready to play some golf!
On Sunday we spent the morning practicing at the Saddlebrook Resort after spending some time in the pro shop waiting for the frost to lift! Then in the afternoon we played a fun 18 hole tournament with that alumni group at Lexington Oaks Golf Course. We had a very successful day and we are looking forward to making this an annual trip!
We returned back to Lexington on Monday night and the girls were exhausted. They had all given me all of their energy and it had paid off – the trip to Tampa was worth every penny!
Once we were back home, the hard work continued. We had about a month before we left for our first event, so there was no time to slow down. Lucky for us, the weather here has been great this winter, so we were able to play a ton on grass and really started knocking the rust off.
The UCF Challenge was a great starting point for us. As a team, we played really well there last year, so being able to carry those emotions with us was a huge confidence booster. However, in typical tournament fashion, the weather shifted while we were there. The course had said that the weather had not been below 72 all year; we saw temperatures of 54/64 the first two rounds. That didn’t detour this Cats from wearing shorts all 3 rounds though! As a whole, we played solid. We were able to post 3 consecutive rounds under 300 and finish in 8th place. I really feel like our girls are close to playing their best and since it’s still early in the spring season, good things are right around the corner.
So now we are back home, resting, recuperating, and getting a practice plan in place to help us prepare for our next event at LSU. We struggled a bit with this course last year, but I think we have a better idea of what we need to work on to be ready for the challenge that’s ahead.
Have a great weekend everyone and GO BIG BLUE