Another trip to Richmond, KY. We were ready for a great showing, and it was going to be my last trip to Kentucky in a long while, if not ever. We left right after class got out, and I was ready to sleep after an early start. It didn't go quite as planned though, because for some reason I was wide awake. For most of the trip I had to talk to myself as the team was all asleep - apart from Kim (the navigator) and Coach (DD) - but we were at the opposite end of the bus. Along the way we did manage to rename our van - Rocket Reeba made her debut for Spring 2012. She even managed to stop at the outlet malls in Cincinnati - which was great fun and as always the team managed to dent the bank accounts. We made our regular stop at Montgomery Inn, which was extremely yummy. We finally got to our hotel - and we were all exhausted and so very happy to jump into bed.
The practice round came - and we were up and ready to get a useful round in. Alli and the freshman had never played on the course so it was Nam, Kate and my job to show them where they were going. I played with Schultz and Jen, and made sure that they were set-up for greatness. We had a lot of fun together, but the wind was blowing a hooley, and it was freezing cold unfortunately too. After the round, we had exactly what we needed before the tournament, a very handsome waiter called Steven. He made dinner that bit more enjoyable, even though I had the chicken and shrimp alfredo,
Tournament day came around way too quickly. It was a cold, early start to a long 36-hole day. Lauren and Steph's spirits were as high as ever, and they made sure that the team was pumped for the upcoming rounds. After being on the range for a good time, and getting our warm-ups in before we headed out it was time to start shotgun. Kate and Nam started their days on No. 1, I was on No. 2, Steph on No. 3, and Lauren on No. 4. I was so pumped to see how the team would get on, but very nervous myself. I had a crazy dream the night before, which luckily for me didn't come true; otherwise I would still be in Kentucky. The final round scores were Nam: 75, 78, Kate: 79, 76, Steph: 80, 82, Lauren: 81, 79 and I ended up with two 76's. It was a good start, and we rounded off the day two shots behind the leaders Akron. Our individuals Alli: 79, 78 and Jen: 85, 83, didn't have a bad day out on the course either. It was nice to see that everyone was still in good spirits, but more importantly ready for tomorrow. We headed down to the barn in the parking lot for a BBQ dinner. It was pulled pork and chicken, with salad, a great mac and cheese and some gorgeous cookies for dessert. That was enough food for one day after we had been spoiled with Jimmy Johns on the course. It was back home to study and get rested up before the morning. Before we were able to go back to the rooms, we had a race for the eggs. We had to pick up as many eggs as we could, and the person who collects the most eggs wins. Defending champion Kate Hoops won, beating me only by three might I add. After this we were back inside to get rested up though - I was asleep really early, I think this was due to an early morning, and we hadn't played 36 in a long time. I did not only fall asleep, but in mid conversation with Kim. Whoops!
Rested up great, I was more than ready to get going to finish off a great tournament. I often had a great time at EKU, which was comforting, as I loved playing the course, which ultimately put me in a good position going into the final round. We did have a frost delay of an hour, but by the time we got out to the course, it was warming up and the sun was out. This extra hour left us watching some Fairly Odd Parents on Cartoon Network, nothing better than a good old cartoon in the morning to start off the day right. My round started off with my playing partners talking about penguins. I cannot say that was my game plan, but a good drive off one made me feel great. I started off the round with 10 pars, the wheels slightly came off, but I ended up with a final round of 75, to leave me in 4th place overall. My team also had a great day on the course, with Kate shooting a low of 74, two-over with bogeys on her last two holes. Nam came in with a 75, Steph: 80 and Lauren: 78, Alli finished off a good tournament with a 77 and Jen improved once again with an 80. Even though we were disappointed, we finished tied for second and didn't want to share, but sharing is better than falling into third. A good tournament for everyone involved, and good team finish left us in good shape for Indiana next weekend. Our trip was not finished just yet as we all had long drives ahead of us to get back. All of the girls left with their parents, except Nam and I as our parents are a very long way away. I managed to speak to Mum who was thrilled with the result though, which was nice. We made a stop at Texas Roadhouse, which was lovely, and then set on our way once again back to Toledo. Rocket Reeba reached 30,000 miles on this trip, what a great accomplishment and still going strong. Rocket Reeba and the team will be playing at Coach Hollingsworth's college track with a trip to Indiana.
Georgina Hunt is a senior from Eastbourne, England and is majoring in communications.