So by now it’s fairly obvious that it is not one of my strenghts to write a blog. The last time I wrote this was in June and a great deal of things have happned since then. It would be almost impossible to talk about everything, but I will share some of my highlights!
I spent most of my summer recuiting all over the country and the world. I got to see a great deal of talent and I am excited about the future of Kentucky Women’s Golf. There is no doubt that the junior players are getting stronger, which is a great thing for college golf. People always ask me what I look for in a recruit and that is a good question. Golf is a tough sport, how can I tell that a player will continue to improve and push herself beyond her comfort zone to get to that next level? How do I figure out if she has what it takes to play at the highest level of college golf ? I look at her talent level, technique level, but also how she carries herself. Does she push through when things get tough, does she walk tall and play with a great attitude? How does she treat the people around her? There are so many things that go into recruiting a player, but those are some of the things that are the most important to me. We want players that fight for every single shot, play with a great attitude, that are there for their teammates in good and bad times, and most importantly, that can kick it into another gear when things get tough!
This summer flew by and once we hit the end of August it was time to get started with our new Kentucky Women’s Golf Team! We lost four players in May, but we added three new players in August. It’s always tough to handle change, especially when you talk about the make up of your team. But change is a good thing and so far, good things are happening! We went to our first tournament at Texas A&M and won by 11 shots! We had one of our freshman, Haley Mills, win the tournament as an individual and our sophomore, Sarah Harris, tied for 2nd! Senior Liz Breed also finished strong and tied for 7th. I couldn’t tell you when the last time was that we won a tournament as a team and had the individual winner along with two other players in the top 10! It was a special feeling and it showed that we have some great talent on this team. This is a special group that push each other and it was certainly a great start to the season.
This past weekend we played at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville, TN. And as I just mentioned, we came off a very exciting win a week and a half ago, so I was curious as to how the girls would react to this quick turn around. The Mason is played at the Legends Golf Course, a challenging course that has hosted an LPGA event and an NCAA National Championship, so it’s a great test to your game. Unfortunately, the golf course got the best of us this week. But despite that, I think we learned a great deal about our strenghts and weaknesses and this means that we can focus on what we need to work on and move on to prepare for our next event. We ended up in 10th place, fighting back from 14th after day one and our senior Liz Breed led the way with a 13th place finish!
Our next event is in Oklahoma and I for one can’t wait to play in some windy conditions!!
Thank you for reading and for supporting KWG!!