The 'Best' perspective
Over the last two weeks, we've had six rounds of qualifying for the Lady Tar Heel Invitational. We have had some intense 18-hole practices, which are set up like tournaments. I think it will benefit us because it will put us in that mindset of playing in a tournament with a lot at stake. We practice our golf swings, our short game and our putting, so why not practice our mental game to prepare for a tournament? We want our mental game to catch up with our talents and abilities.
Sophomore Kristin Walla is in a very good frame of mind right now. Her game is solid, and she's always heading in the right direction. I expect good things from her this year. One of our freshman, Alex Richards, came out and played very solid and did what was expected of her in our first tournament at New Mexico. She is off to a very good start, and we're very proud of her.
Everyone has been in a good frame of mind heading into the Lady Tar Heel Invitational. We can't worry about the other schools playing in the tournament. We have to show up and take care of our own business. Playing against some of the other top schools in college golf will only make us better.
North Carolina's Finley Golf Course is a straight-forward course. It doesn't mean it's easy; what you see is what you get. We have a couple of veterans who have played there, such as myself, who will fill in the newcomers on what to expect. Our coach (Susan Watkins) is very good about making sure we have the information we need, so when we tee it up on that first day, we do not have any questions or surprises. We are prepared.
It has been our theme to "get it done" this year. We want to build upon some of the good things that happened in our last tournament at New Mexico. We want to make everything count!