In the Clubhouse - Day 5
By Kory Thompson, CSU Head Women's Golf Coach
Sunday, May 9 - 12:51 a.m. - From Head Coach Kory Thompson
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Today was a bittersweet day for our team. While we were excited to compete in our final round of the NCAA Regionals we knew that it would be the last day our seniors would walk the links as a Lady Buccaneer. We were pretty pumped that we got paired with The College of Charleston for our final round since our team has several friends on their team so it made it a fun 18 holes for everyone. The weather was a bit challenging with the temperature reaching well into the upper 80's with 20-25 mile per hour winds. We could see some of the morning scores were a bit higher but we didn't let that stop us from having a good day. I am proud of how my team played and they all kept a positive and upbeat attitude all day!
Walking down number 18 was tough for all three of my seniors and especially sinking their final putt; knowing that their CSU career was over. It was a day filled with a lot of emotions and tears but hopefully some of the tears were happy ones since the seniors had an amazing career and one they should all be very proud of! It was truly an honor and priviledge to work with such a great group of young ladies this year and I will really miss Olivia Jordan-Higgins, Katrin Rumpf and Madison Jeter. While this chapter of their life is ending, so many new doors will open for them and I know they will all succeed in whatever path they may take.
We ended the day with lots of pictures and a very nice group picture in front of the NCAA scoreboard of our team and all of the friends and family who came to support us this week and this year. Once again I can't say thank you enough to all of our friends, family and fans! It was an amazing year and this tournament was a great experience for our freshman since it gave them a taste of what it's like to compete at such a high level and for my seniors, what better way to finish your career than by playing in a NCAA tournament! I hope everyone has a great summer and we look forward to what next season of CSU Women's Golf will hold for us. Take care and God Bless!
Friday, May 7 - 10:36 p.m. - From Senior Katrin Rumpf
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Hello Buccaneer Fans!
Since we had the first tee times this morning, we woke up very early to be one of the first groups to start the second round of the tournament. Even though our competition in the NCAA East Region is very strong and the scores were pretty low yesterday, we were excited to go out and compete with some of the best teams in the country. We know we didn’t play our best in the first round but we learned a lot and the experiences we gained by playing with such strong teams is something we can always take advantage of.
I’m very proud of our freshmen, Amanda and Katelyn, and the way the managed themselves on the course; they represented CSU in such a professional manner, and I’m sure this will not be their last Regional tournament.
After the second round today, we went out for lunch with our families and friends and enjoyed the rest of the day in Greenville, NC. Since Mike Wilson promised us this morning that he would do a special dance for every birdie we would make, he had a lot of dancing to do this afternoon, and at least we were in a good mood for the rest of the day.
We are now getting ready to pack our bags for tomorrow because we will have to leave the hotel before we start our last round. Unfortunately for the three seniors on our team, this will be the last round of golf as a CSU Buccaneer. Olivia, Madison, and I will enjoy every single shot tomorrow and hopefully finish our CSU college golf career on a high note with a lot of pars, birdies, and eagles. This will definitely be a bittersweet day tomorrow, but we will always look back to one of the best time of our lives and we will always be Buccaneers in our hearts!
Hopefully the weather will remain the same, so wish us luck and follow us live on www.golfstatresults.com!
Go Lady Bucs!
Thursday, May 6 - 11:21 p.m. - From Head Coach Kory Thompson
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Hello again Buccaneer Golf fans!
Several of us started out the day with a nice workout followed by a good breakfast this morning. Our first tee time was 1:25 p.m. so it can be tough to fill the morning up with things to do when you have a late tee time. It's best to get moving in the morning so that you don't feel lazy all day long. Once we arrived to the golf course we were greeted by all of our family and friends. We are very lucky that we have the best fans in the tournament and every team member had their family out supporting them. We not only had parents but we had our athletic director, grandparents and brothers come out and support us today. I think we had the biggest gallery of any team out here.
We started on the back nine and we started out strong. We were making our climb up the leaderboard early in the round making the turn at five over as a team. Once we hit our back nine the momentum slowed down a bit and we hit a few speed bumps. The conditions were a little tougher in the afternoon due to the wind so we are looking forward to our morning tee time tomorrow to see if we can get in before the wind picks up. Coach Mike Wilson and I saw a lot of positive things on the course today and we are looking forward to what tomorrow brings for us. The team has high spirits and they are excited to see how low they can go tomorrow!
We finished the day pretty late so we grabbed a quick dinner at McAlister's Deli and called it an early night since our first tee time is at 8:44 tomorrow. We want to thank all our friends and family for their support. Follow us on golfstat.com as we plan on making lots of pars, birdies, and eagles. Go Bucs!!!
Wednesday, May 5 - 11:41 p.m. - From Senior Katrin Rumpf
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Hello Buccaneer Fans!
The Lady Buccaneers played a practice round at the championship course today. We feel that the course doesn’t play as long as the 6,321 yards stated on the score card, but it is still going to be very challenging and our good course management skills will hopefully make the difference. During the practice round, we tried to get used to the greens and get a feel for the different type of grass.
After the practice round we went out for dinner to Moe’s and attended the rules meeting at East Carolina’s football stadium afterwards. We got to hang out with the other players while enjoying ice cream and cookies from the desert buffet. It always feels good to see friends from here and even overseas who play for other universities in the United States.
All of the players’ family members will arrive in Greenville either tonight or tomorrow morning - I can’t even describe how good it feels to have so much support from our fans who cheer for us whenever we make pars, birdies, and eagles. Olivia’s mom came all the way from England, and my parents came from Germany. With Madison’s, Amanda’s, and Katelyn’s parents already in Greenville, everybody will get to meet each other at the course tomorrow morning before we will tee off.
Our tee times start at 1:25 p.m. tomorrow, but we will wake up early and get a workout in, ride to the course a little bit earlier and meet our families and fans before the round. We are all very excited about tomorrow and our favorite song, from the Big South Conference Championship week, will definitely be played in the car on the way to the golf course. I’m so thankful to be part of such a great team, and I’m sure we’ll play well and enjoy ourselves, which of course is the most important thing!
Check out the live scoring online and wish us luck!
Let’s Go Lady Bucs!
Tuesday, May 4 - 8:43 p.m. - From Head Coach Kory Thompson
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Hello Buccaneer Fans!
First off I would like to say thank you to all of our fans for their continued support throughout the year and especially the past few weeks during our exciting Big South Championship victory! All of the love and encouragement from you guys does not go unnoticed and without you our success would not be possible! Our team is very excited and feels very blessed to be at the NCAA East Regionals this week and we are looking forward to a great week with our sights set on advancing to the NCAA National tournament.
We left early this morning to start our trek to Greenville, N.C., where the regional tournament is being held. The drive wasn't too bad other than the rainy weather at the beginning of the trip but it ended up being a pretty nice day. We arrived at the course around 3 p.m. in order to get a few hours of practice under our belt. Since there weren't too many teams at the course today, it was the perfect time to do some work on the range, bunkers and the putting green. They have bent greens at this course so it is a little bit of an adjustment compared to the greens we normally play on. We worked on several drills to help with getting the speed of the greens down as well as some putting games against each other. I feel that the girls had a great practice and they are looking forward to getting out on the course for tomorrow's practice round. Once we left Ironwood Golf Course we then checked into our hotel room and had a nice dinner just across the street. We are calling it an early night since we have had a long day of traveling and practice. Most of the girls are unwinding by watching a movie, catching up on the latest Glee episode tonight or maybe playing a friendly game of cards.
We have a pretty full day tomorrow with our 12:56 tee time for the practice round followed by an Ice Cream Social and Rules Meeting. Stay tuned tomorrow as Senior Katrin Rumpf writes about our day. Thanks for tuning in and wish us luck!
Pars, Birdies and Eagles!
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