Sophomore golfer Colleen Estes will write a daily blog from the NCAA East Regional in Gainesville, Fla. Follow all the regional action on the blog as well as www.Golfstat.com.
Saturday, May, 2009
Today was the final day of the tournament. Our team had the early morning tee time, so that meant teeing off around 8:30 a.m. We ate some breakfast, and headed to the course. Everyone was excited to give one last effort in hopes of advancing to Nationals.
Our team was paired with Furman University and University of South Carolina for the last day. At one point during the day we were in 6th place, but ended the round in 9th place. Only the top 8 schools advance to Nationals, which means that we missed it by three strokes!!!
Everyone was extremely heartbroken, but we should hold our heads high because at least we were in the position to have a chance of advancing.
This is my last blog as we are heading back to Greenville tomorrow around noon. Thanks for everyones support all season long. Go PIRATESSSSS.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Today, we had a late tee time starting off of the first hole. The first tee time was at 11:50 a.m., while the last tee time was at 12:30 p.m. We woke up and caught breakfast down in the lobby of our hotel then left for the course, and warmed up by hitting golf balls and stroking a few putts.
The rounds did not go as well today, and the Pirates dropped down to 11th place in the standings. On a more positive note, we are only four strokes out of 8th place!!!! So that means that we are going to bring our best effort tomorrow, and show up hungry for a spot in Nationals!
According to our coach, the reason we did not play as well today was because we turned small mistakes into larger ones. We let pars turn to bogeys and bogeys turn to double bogeys.
Putting all that aside...we are going to come ready for tomorrow's round :) Pirates hold NO QUARTERS! ARRRGHHH.
Thursday, May 7, 2009:
Well, today was the first day of the Regional tournament, and the Pirates were ready to go!!!! The first starting time was at 7:40 a.m., so that meant an early morning for us all.
We headed to the course to warm-up, and wished each other luck before teeing off. About five hours later, we all met up again on the 18th green eager to see how everyone played. As we were waiting for the last player on our team to finish, we looked up on the scoreboard to see that we were playing really well!
Annie Puche and Abby Bools shot a lights out 68 :) The shot of the day had to come from Annie, who holed out her shot on No. 12 for eagle from 90 yards. Amber Littman shot 73, while Amy OtteRson shot 74.
In college golf, five people play and the four low scores are counted towards a team total. Our team total today was 283, which is an East Carolina University school record!!!! It was a great day to be a Pirate :) We had lunch after the round and practiced for a little bit before heading back to the hotel. Everyone is excited to come out and play with PIRATE PRIDE tomorrow. ARRRGGGGHH.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Today, we all woke up rather early to meet down for breakfast in our hotel. We had the practice round today, which was scheduled for 9:52 a.m. We drove to the course and warmed up. The really neat thing about the regional tournament is the fact that the range balls are ProV1 golf balls.
We played 18 holes, and got a great feel for the layout of the course along with the speed of the greens. Lee Workman, the Associate Athletics Director for Administration, came out to support us throughout the entire practice round. After finishing the round, we stayed a little longer to hit balls and refine certain aspects of our game for tomorrow.
There was an ice cream social that night along with a rules meeting. The social was located at the executive level of the University of Florida football stadium and afterwards we had our team meeting and talked about our strategy for tomorrow. ARRRRRGGGHHHHHH!!!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Well it was a long day. After flying from RDU to Atlanta we got off the plane and stopped for about a half an hour in Atlanta and continued on our journey to Gainesville. We arrived in Gainesville around 3 p.m., and were all very excited about being here!
We went to a golf range to hit a few balls after being stuck in the airplane all morning and had to loosen up those muscles!! The range was one that Coach Kevin Williams had been to in the past, and we all had a great time hitting golf balls at the old cars in the middle of the so called "fair way."
After hitting balls, we headed to the Mark Bostick Golf Course, which is located very close to the University of Florida. While there, we chipped and putted to get acclimated to the greens and slope. The course looks to be in great shape and it will be interesting to see how the practice round goes tomorrow. After being at the course for a while, we headed to dinner then went to the movie theatre to see "State of Play", which was about a scandalous murder in the political scene. Finally we went back to the hotel to get a good night's sleep and get ready for the big practice round tomorrow!!! Go PIRATES!