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BLOG: 18th in the NATION!

by Lauren Ressler, Head Women's Golf Coach

Welcome back again to the Newberry College Women's Golf Blog!  A lot has happened since my last entry! 

We had a wonderful trip up to the Country Club of Salisbury in Salisbury, North Carolina.  We met at 8 a.m. on Sunday to make the 2 hour and 30 minute drive to Salisbury.  We arrived to find beautiful weather, greens in perfect shape and an open golf course for our practice round.  After playing the golf course, we met to talk about the keys for the tournament and go over hole by hole notes.  Each player made sure their yardage book was complete and we discussed individual points of importance.  After a short practice session, we went to check in at the hotel.  We were also excited to have Sara Johansson tag along on our trip!  She is from Sweden and has been at Newberry since January 2008.  She will be joining the lineup in the spring and I was glad she was able to see a college tournament in action so she can make the final preparations necessary to succeed in the spring! 

We rose on Monday to another flawless weather day.  The air was chilly as we warmed up on the driving range, but once the sun touched the golf course it was perfect.  Although the weather was nice, our play in the early going was terrible!  We had a shotgun start and we were assigned to holes 10 - 13.  Maybe it was starting on a different hole or maybe the girls were still asleep because several players recorded a double or triple in the first few holes!  Ah!  Putts refused to drop and normally easy shots were made very difficult.  However, somewhere in the middle of the round, things started to turn.  Julia calmed down, Sarah found her confident swing, Kaitlin kept hitting her greens, Sissi made a few birdies and Maria turned into a par machine!  This turnaround made me the happiest coach in Salisbury!  I could not have been more proud of the girls on my team!  They worked hard, stuck to their game plan and never gave up!  It would have been easy to let the rough start get the best of them but they kept going!!  After the scores were posted, we stood in 3rd place with a 322.  Five strokes back of Pfeiffer with a 317 and well behind Belmont Abbey at 309.

After the round we went over individual stats and did a short practice session that, for most, focused on distance control in putting.  The greens at CC of Salisbury are large, firm and fast.  Thus, putting on them requires a lot of touch.  After a good session, we went to Outback for dinner.  The girls were so nice and got me a birthday card (it was my birthday!) and we happened to be sitting next to a table of people celebrating an 80th birthday!  They were nice enough to pass along some cake and we all had a good laugh. 

Day 2 was much the same with sunny weather and a shotgun start, although this time we started much stronger!  Birdies, eagles and consistent pars were all part of the round!  After the event concluded, we would remain in 3rd place with our season low 18 hole score of 319 and 36 hole total of 641.  Belmont Abbey followed a first round 309 with an even better second round of 307 and Pfeiffer once again posted a 317.  The day was highlighted with a breakout performance by Kaitlin O'Sullivan who shot 80.  Although the score was not as low as she would have wanted, she played so hard and stayed positive allowing her to overcome a late triple bogey.  Franziska Blum was equally impressive winning for the second time in three tournaments this fall with a two day total of 146 (73-73).  It was her final college golf tournament and I know she was happy to win at a golf course she enjoys play so much!  

By finishing third as a team we secured a key head to head win over conference rival Wingate University.  Golfstat has us ranked 18th in the nation up one spot from last week!  It was a great way to end the fall season!  Now it is time to get down to off season workouts and practice!  Oh and don't forget the school work!!!!

See you next time,

Coach Ressler

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