Chip shots with Meredith McMahan: Feb. 19
Hey y'all! I am so excited to be writing about the women's golf team and being able to shine some light into what happens on and off the course with the 11 awesome ladies who I am proud to call my teammates. For those of you who don't know me, I am a redshirt freshman, and I am still unable to compete due to the rheumatoid arthritis I developed toward the end of my senior year in high school. Things are getting better, and I actually got to swing a club for the first time in a LONG time just the other day. It felt great! So for the time being, I will be writing to you from behind the ropes and giving you an inside look at the team.
Well, the spring season kicks off this week with the Central District Invitational hosted by Michigan State University on Feb. 19-20 in Parrish, Florida. Since coming back from Christmas break, we have welcomed two new ladies to the team who are sure to contribute right away. Shannon Fish is a freshman who graduated from high school early to become a Longhorn this semester, and Arliss Hoy is a freshman transfer from the University of South Carolina. I have personally known both of these girls for quite some time, being Texas natives and all (YEE-HAW!), and I cannot wait to see how much talent and enthusiasm they bring to the team. So far, they have adjusted tremendously and have taken on an impressive load with school, practices, and those 6 a.m. workouts. Our athletic trainer, Maleah, has really been working us hard in the weight room! It's been great though, and it really helps with our stamina out on the course.
Qualifying for the first tournament was exciting to watch, but also brutal due to the 30-degree weather. However, there were some beautiful days in between those nasty ones, which made playing a little easier on the ladies. But hey, that's Texas for you.
In qualifying, there is an intra-squad competition over several rounds that decides who will compete in the next tournament. Typically, the top five players are chosen to travel. The team played most of its rounds out at the UT Golf Club but was also able to get in some playing time at Barton Creek Country Club.
Overall, the morale of the team at practice was great, and everyone seemed very eager for the spring season to begin. After talking to some of the ladies before they headed off to the Sunshine State, the confidence and excitement was quite apparent. The tournament field will be pretty strong in Florida, so be sure to check out the live scoring on GolfStat.com throughout the tournament.
I'll be getting back to you soon, so until then... Hook `Em Horns!