WHAT DOES A TYPICAL COLLEGE GAME DAY LOOK LIKE?
A golf tournament always includes at least 3 or 4 days. Since we play tournaments in Florida and South Carolina, we usually arrive together in our team van on Saturday morning. On the way to the tournament we discuss the golf course and our goals for the tournament, our goal is always to win. Since we often miss school during tournaments, we also use the time for homework and studying on the way. Saturday is always just the arrival day for us and ends with a dinner together in a restaurant of our choice. The next morning we always have time for a leisurely breakfast with the team, since Sundays are only played the rehearsal end, as well as trained to make the final touches before the tournament. Again, the day ends with dinner together. On Monday, the first day of the tournament, the alarm clock rings around 05:30, if the hotel already has breakfast available at this time, we eat together in the hotel, otherwise we have breakfast on the way to the golf course. As soon as the sun rises, we warm up together as a team on the range and putting green 1 hour before tee time. Shortly before 8 a.m. all players are driven to their starting holes so that they can start at 8 a.m. sharp. Then the whole golf is played, 36 holes in total. Just before the sun goes down, we finish and are happy to have something to eat together with the team and to lie in a comfortable bed, because the tournament is not over yet. Tuesday, tournament day 2 and the last round starts just like the first day, but we only play 18 holes. Most of the time we finish around 2pm and head back towards campus after the tournament. On the way back, we often sleep and try to mentally prepare for school the next day. At the end of the day, you are happy to be in your bed and have some rest. College golf is an incredible experience as you have the opportunity to travel with the team and play many different golf courses throughout the US. It’s a tough 4 days but the experiences and memories you make there are irreplaceable. There is nothing like winning as a team and playing for everyone on your team because college golf is not just an individual sport like normal, it is also a team sport.