July 9, 2013
WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown University women's golfer Audrey Dalton (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's Academy) concluded a trip to Asia as part of the NCAA All-Star Tour on July 8, as the 10-player group wrapped up a two-week trip, departing from Korea.
Dalton, who graduated from Georgetown in May, and her teammates departed from Los Angeles on June 18. Along the way, the team spent time in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Along the way, Dalton has been providing updates via a blog - which can be read by clicking here (http://ncaaallstargolf.com/Page_4.html ) - since June 18. On June 30, the team left Nagano, Japan, the site of the 1998 Winter Olympics, and headed to Korea. Here are some of her entries from the last few days of her trip.
DAY 12: Sunday, June 30, 2013
"This morning we had an early wakeup call to meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45. We took a bus to the airport and arrived at Korean Air first in line with our carts full of baggage, eagerly waiting for them to open. Everyone was nervous about having excess baggage fees because we were only allowed to check one bag up to 50 pounds free and we had heard the girls last year had to pay extra. Sara and I were fine because we brought carry ons but most people had two bags. We gave the people at check in tee shirts from our tour and miraculously we were allowed to check all our bags, free of any additional fees. We "scored a home run" according to Larry. As it turns out, tee shirts go a long way. We used up the rest of our Japanese yen coins in the airport since we couldn't convert them and said goodbye to Japan. As sad as we were to leave, we are excited for the next part of the adventure. We wrote our thank you notes for our hosts and sponsors in Japan on the plane and some of us even had time to start a movie. When we got through customs, we exchanged our yen for won and met Cho, who took us on a richly decorated bus to the Crown Hotel in Itaewon. Since our flight was so early we had the whole afternoon to buzz around. The first thing we noted about Korea is the temperature; it is hot. Not just hot, but humid, especially coming from the fresh mountain air in Japan. Larry took us on the subway to Dongdaemun, with me as the chief navigator. Once there, we split up to shop around department stores and street markets then met up to return to Itaewon. Itaewon is a Western influenced part of Seoul, so there is quite a variety of food and everyone could find something to their liking.
DAY 13: Monday, July 1, 2013 "It's July! Since we played the majority of our tournaments in Japan, we have more free time in Korea and Hong Kong. Today we had another free day which meant: more shopping. Larry showed us several places we could buy gifts for our friends and family in Itaewon. Many of the girls bought handbags as well. Victoria, Sara, Sam, Savana, Emily, Lea and I took the subway back to Dongdaemun while Shena, Sadie, and Taylor cruised around Itaewon. Many of the girls did hand wash in the sink because we were spoiled at Camp Zama with free laundry in the hotel."
DAY 14: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 "Today was an unexpected surprise. We were supposed to meet in the lobby at 11 to go play Namboo, the most prestigious country club in Korea but plans changed. It was raining all morning so too many of the sponsors cancelled and the course couldn't hold that much water. We were all pretty disappointed about not getting to see the course. Instead, Henry Oh treated us to Korean barbeque for lunch in Gangnam, the Beverly Hills of Korea. We got a private room at a really nice restaurant and had great kalbi, Korean beef. Afterwards, we were treated to dessert and coffee at Corso Como by Henry Oh's friend."
A co-captain on the team as a senior, Dalton was one of two Hoyas selected to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholar Team. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in college athletics, with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50. It was the second-straight year that Dalton had been recognized with the honor. A linguistics major, she posted a 3.80 grade-point average during the 2012-13 academic year.
Dalton posted an 81.36 stroke average this past season. She finished in 23rd place at the Lehigh Invitational and tied for 37th place at the BIG EAST Championship, carding a 16-over par 238. Dalton interned last summer at Nike, selected as part of a group of Division I student-athletes who worked at their headquarters; Dalton worked specifically in the U.S. Kids Merchandising Department.