March 16, 2012
The Georgetown University women's golf team spent its spring break playing a tournament in Miami, but the team also had a chance to watch a professional event in Orlando, spend time on the course and even do some sight-seeing. Here's a recap of the trip from each of the student-athletes.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
"As the girls finished up the first round of midterms, we were all pumped to head down to Miami for the Hurricane Invitational. Although we were all exhausted from an early flight, we found ourselves revived with energy at the sight of palm trees and the beautiful Miami heat. We had the opportunity to have lunch at the course we would be playing, while enjoying the warm breeze of Florida we had not been able to feel in Washington. Because we arrived a day earlier than the practice round, the team had the opportunity to practice at the tournament golf course which had an island chipping green next to the dock. We were all fascinated by the peacocks walking around the parking lot and crocodiles that would sunbathe in the middle of the golf course. We also had a chance to practice at a golf course that our host families lived on. Our host families were extremely welcoming and even invited us over for a home-cooked meal after practice that day. After the day was over, I had realized how special we were to have the opportunity to be part of the Women's Golf Team at Georgetown and how lucky we were to have alumni who are as supportive as our host families."
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
"In preparation for our practice round, we had the opportunity to use the practice facilities right outside of our host families' homes. We had experienced and were rather excited by the sporadic rainstorms that we weren't used to in Washington. During the practice round, we were once again amazed at the animals on the course. The practice round was productive, leading the team to enter the tournament with confidence."
"The first day of the tournament started off with an 8 a.m. shotgun. We started on holes 13A, 13B, 14A, 14B, and 15B. Before our first two rounds, we had to adjust to the windy conditions. It was obvious that none of our normal shots would turn out well unless we learned how to play with the wind. For me personally, it was extremely difficult to trust my aim on the first few holes. Fortunately, after making a birdie on my third hole, I became comfortable with aiming 30 yards right or left of my target. As the day went by, the speed of the wind increased, however, my golf game remained consistent. Throughout 36 holes, my teammates and I tried our best to encourage each other. We would wave our arms or clap our hands if good putts were made. Even though it was a long day, we all pulled through and ended up with some great scores."
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
"As we left our host family's house around 6 a.m., we could already see palm trees bending because of the wind. I was a little nervous to play because the winds were even stronger than the first two rounds. Right before play started, we all talked about hitting one shot at a time rather than worrying about the conditions. Unfortunately, the first few holes were tough for everyone. I started out with three bogeys and one double bogey in my first seven holes. However, I made a few birdies and a lot of pars within the last 11 holes to end up with a 75. After everyone finished, there was a playoff between Ohio State and the University of Miami. In the end, Ohio State finished first and we finished in eighth place out of 16 teams. Even though this was not the ideal finish for us, we had a great time playing at Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club."
Wednesday, March 7
"Our trip to watch the practice round of the Chrysler Classic PGA Tournament at Doral was kind of a spur of the moment decision. We realized how close the Doral course was once we were at our host family's house and decided it would be great to watch the practice round. Once we got there we were able to watch some great golf! We took great pictures with Geoff Ogilvy, Sergio Garcia, Bill Haas, and Y.E. Yang. They were all happy to take pictures with us - maybe not as excited as we were! I even caught Luke Donald's golf ball and got him to sign it for me. We watched most of the players on the practice range and putting green and were able to see how they prepared for a tournament. Even though we didn't get a photo with the eventual champion, Justin Rose, it was a great day."
Thursday, March 8
"On Thursday morning we said goodbye to our host families and squeezed all of our travel bags, suitcases, golf bags, and backpacks into the car, no small feat I assure you. We left Miami and drove to Orlando for the next portion of our trip. Eunae had some complications with her wisdom teeth so upon our arrival Coach took her to the dentist while the rest of the team played the Watson Course at the Ginn Reunion Resort, where the 2012 Big East Championship will be held. The course was beautiful, with a lot of waste bunkers and tiered greens."
Friday, March 9
Eunae ended up having a tooth pulled Friday morning but was back on the course by the afternoon. During our second round at Ginn Reunion we played a team best ball match with Coach, Audrey, and Joan against Eunae, Alice, and Katie. We finished early due to thunder and lightning and Eunae, Alice, and Katie got the bragging rights to the match by one stroke. That evening we had a nice dinner with Coach's college teammate Alejandra and Zach--both former Notre Dame athletes who live in the area. These two days at the Ginn Reunion provided a great opportunity for us to see the course before competition since course familiarity can save a lot of strokes. We now have an idea of what we need to work on to be ready for the Big East tournament and can develop an appropriate practice plan in preparation. Overall, we really liked the course and are excited to come back and play in April!"
Saturday, March 10
"After a full week of golf, we decided to hit Universal Studios in Orlando on Saturday. The majority of our day was spent at Universal's newest and most popular theme park: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We toured the makeshift Hogwarts, and even considered buying our own wands. We rode the main attractions, and hit some of the biggest roller coasters too before calling it a day. We lucked out weather wise, and it was a memorable day of team bonding!"
Sunday, March 11
"Our flight back to DC did not leave until late evening on Sunday, so we decided to get some shopping in beforehand. We decided to hit Orlando's Premium Outlets to do so. The heavy Florida rain was a slight downer in the beginning (the mall was outdoors), but luckily we were equipped with our giant golf umbrellas. We found some gems, and, before we knew it, we were on our way back to the Hilltop. It was a great Spring Break for the Lady Hoyas!"
Spring Break Recap
Overall, our spring break was a booming success. I was very proud of the way that all of the team battled through the wind during our tournament in Miami and how we came together during the latter part of the week in Orlando. Surely, Alice Choi's third place finish was a highlight of the tournament, but I was impressed with how everyone battled through tough conditions. Just like in life, golf is about playing the cards you have been dealt and trying to do your best. It was huge to beat five teams who are ranked ahead of us, and our overall ranking moved up nine spots as a result of this performance. At Doral, we learned a lot from watching the pros take on their practice rounds. Standing on the range and watching the professionals hit balls showed our team that you don't have to hit it perfectly every time to score. The second half of the week in Orlando provided a great opportunity for us to practice at the Ginn Reunion Resort and really envision ourselves walking away from the Big East Conference Championship as the victor. I was inspired by how much they enjoyed the course! To cap off our trip, we finished with some classic Orlando fun at Universal Studios and outlet shopping--the perfect ending to a trip of success and hard work. I look forward to what we will do during the next few months. Next stop... Pinehurst!"