by Lauren Ressler, Head Women's Golf Coach
September 25, 2008
Hello all! Welcome to the Newberry College Women's Golf Blog! We hope that you will enjoy getting an inside look at our program and following us as we practice, train and compete!
The 2008-09 season is off to a great start! Our tournament schedule has already included trips to Old North State in New London, North Carolina and TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Our team of six players includes two upperclassmen leaders: one senior, Franziska Blum from Schweinfurt, Germany and one junior, Sarah Grigor from Ontario, Canada. We have four wonderful freshmen including Sara Johansson from Duved, Sweden, Kaitlin O'Sullivan from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Julia Sizemore from Bel Air, Maryland and Maria Besio from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The upperclassmen have been instrumental in helping the four first year girls adjust to life at Newberry and I am loving every minute with this team!
Pfeiffer University played host to our first event at the challenging Old North State Golf Club. Our first round score of 321 was a perfect start to the year and included a 73 from Franziska, 76 from Maria, 85 from Kaitlin and 87 from Sarah. The freshmen were very nervous to play in their first college tournament and it showed in their first few holes! As they became more comfortable, they finished strong on the back nine and did not let the round get away from them! After lunch, we went over individual statistics from the first round. The girls identified one major area of weakness and headed out to practice. We concluded the day by heading back to a filling dinner at Applebee's (they like to eat!!!) and then the Holiday Inn for rest, relaxation and homework. Sadly, day two brought rain, wind and thunderstorms to Old North State. After several hours of waiting out the storm in the clubhouse to see if we could catch a break, the course was forced to cancel the second day. The results from day one determined that we had finished in third place, eight strokes behind Presbyterian College and two strokes back of South Atlantic Conference rival Wingate University. On the individual side, Franziska finished first and Maria tied for third!
Our second event took us to the famed TPC Sawgrass in Florida! We departed early on Satuday morning (6am!) and drove towards Ponte Vedra Beach. With a little help from Starbucks, we made it and were excited to get a look at the course! The practice round started at 2pm on Pete Dye's Valley Course. The Valley Course is situated adjacent to the Stadium Course which plays host to THE PLAYERS Championship each May. After our round, we headed over to check into the beautiful TPC Marriot!
Day one brought one standout performance and rain in the first few holes! Franziska fired a one under par 71 and stood in second place individually. A team score of 324 put us in 10th place in a field including top teams such as Florida Southern College, Barry University, Nova Southeastern University, Lynn University and several other nationally ranked programs. After play concluded, we headed to lunch with a recruit from St. Marys, Georgia and then headed back to the hotel room to relax before getting in a little more practice. For dinner (yes, we ate again!), we found a local favorite called Barbara Jean's and had a good meal with great company. Day two brought dark clouds and the threat of more rain (I promise, it does not always rain at our events!!!) however, we were able to get underway without delay. After nine holes, we were doing very well despite the heavy rain. Maria was one under par and we had a team total of eight over through nine holes! Several minutes after we made the turn, the skys opened up. People, clubs, bags and gear were soaked instantly and after a few hours of waiting around, the round was cancelled. Again, the first round scores were used to determine the champion as well as the individual places. Franziska remained in second place and collected the runner-up trophy!
As this week draws to a close, the girls are ready to compete in their third tournament in three weeks in Charleston, South Carolina. It is hosted by Charleston Southern University and features mostly Division I teams! It will be exciting to play again and see how we stack up! Let's hope the rain stays away and we can play our two scheduled rounds in two days!
That is all for now! Check back to hear more next week!