Well, the spring break trip is coming to an end, as we depart Jacksonville, Fla., tomorrow to head home. The players have another five days of break before we start spring-term classes on March 29, but we learned today that Northfield Golf Club will open on Thursday, so we’ll be able get on our home course when we return.
The final round of the Jekyll Island Collegiate didn’t go as we’d hoped. We were in position to perhaps stay with or beat 10th-ranked Allegheny College (Pa.), as we were tied with the Gators heading into the final round. For the most part, we just plain played poorly. Conditions weren’t ideal, as it rained for the bulk of the round, but we didn't display the type of mental toughness necessary to compete at a high level. The players had worked so hard to put our team in a good position the first two days, but we weren’t able to close things out and posted our worst score of the tournament.
With that said, it was a very good week. We beat two other ranked teams in No. 16 St. Benedict and No. 24 UW-Whitewater and edged out two other very strong teams in Mount Holyoke and Rhodes. We put in a really good week of work and I think we learned a lot about ourselves as players and as a team and have a pretty good idea of what we need to work on this spring season.
After leaving Jekyll Island, we came down to Jacksonville, Fla., for two days. On Monday afternoon, we were able to get on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, complete with the three toughest finishing holes in golf. We played in pretty tough conditions, as temperatures were maybe 60 degrees and winds 15-20 miles per hour. The girls played great, with Hope and Meghan both posting 85s. Meghan had the shot of the week, nearly holing it on the famous island green of hole 17. We’ll hopefully have a blog post for you later on the whole experience from one of the players, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and to be able to share it as a team was great.
The girls hit the beach for the final day in Florida while the coaching staff plus Traci played at Hidden Hills Country Club, a great little layout that used to host a PGA Tour stop, the Jacksonville Open. We had a blast, as did the players at the beach, so it was a great way to end the trip.
We’ll take a few days off now before getting back to work next week.