Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational diary: Natalie Karcher
Oct. 28, 2012
Hi Longhorns fans!
Today started off very cold compared to the temperatures we've been used to in Austin. Since I'm from Switzerland, I may have had an advantage because the cold air didn't have as much impact on my playing as some others. When you play in as much cold weather as I have, you know how to dress properly so that your clothing has as little effect on your swing as possible. In my experience, clothing and keeping your hands warm are the two most important things when playing in cooler temperatures.
I have to admit that I was a little bit tense and anxious on the first tee this morning. Playing in front of our fans and friends on our home course can cause some nerves to stir, especially since this was my first time playing in the Betsy Rawls tournament.
My first shots were not very good, but they were still playable and I made the most of them. I was consistent and made few mistakes on the front nine, and I used that momentum to play the same way on the back nine.
Our volunteer assistant coach Amy Read walked with me today, and she was so positive throughout the round. She was there for me whenever I needed anything, even just some positive energy and confidence boosters. She was like my personal cheerleader.
I have to commend The University of Texas Golf Club groundskeepers for keeping the course in amazing shape. We are very blessed to have the facilities, fans and support that we have at Texas.
We hope everyone will come out tomorrow and cheer us on for `moving day.' Don't forget to wear your pink - all of the players in the field are wearing pink to take part in October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.