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by Lauren Ressler, Head Women's Golf Coach

Happy October 6th!!!  I love the month of October in South Carolina!  I really do not think it can get any better!!!!  Not only does the month bring football, the South Carolina State Fair but mostly it serves as the delightful transition from summer to fall.  The morning air is crisp while the afternoons are filled with golf and sunshine! 

Looking at the calendar, it is tough to believe that we only have one tournament left!  While it is fun to travel and compete several weeks in a row, it can be difficult to reverse the current when a player is struggling.  Luckily, our struggles have been minor and several of my players have been able to make slight adjustments to their games while on the road, often in the middle of a round!  I think they have been successful because they understand the difference between playing perfect golf and scoring well.  They know that even if the shots are not pretty (an up and down par 100 yards out after a botched drive, a great save from an impossible position or laying up to a go-to yardage on a long par 4), it is the number on the scorecard that counts towards the team total! 

Unlike earlier in the season, we have more than a week to get ready for our final tournament!  In order to start fresh and recharge, I gave my girls last Wednesday and Thursday off.  I wanted them to get away from the golf course, catch up on class work and stay healthy. 

After two days of relaxation, we started with our initial tournament preparation last Friday.  During practice at Mid Carolina, we had a team meeting where we went over individual statistics from our most recent tournament at Coosaw Creek.  The girls rated areas in their game ranging from ability to hit fairways from the tee to personal levels of trust, focus and commitment to course management.  They compared day 1 and day 2 and from that list, isolated three areas (mental or physical) they wanted to tightened up for our final event hosted by Catawba College at the Country Club of Salisbury.  Each player then went around the table and talked about what they wanted to work on based on their personal needs.  For some it was a physical action such as long iron ball striking or a putting routine, while others committed to work on their trust level and confidence over each shot. 

Once each player had highlighted their three areas, they each came up with an individualized practice plan for the week ahead.  My players enjoyed planning their own practice based on specific needs and I know everyone will be getting the most out of each day! 

Well, as I look at the clock it is time for another day at the golf course!  I am excited to head out to practice at Mid Carolina Club.  It is 81 degrees and sunny!  Happy October!!!!!!

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