April 4, 2005
Our drive to Miami Lakes turned out to be longer than we expected. Just north of Stuart, we got caught in traffic congestion due to a car accident. We were not able to continue driving for over 30 minutes. We also took a minor detour in Miami, so our trip took five hours and we were very happy when we finally arrived at Don Shula's golf resort.
At this type of course, playing the practice round is extremely important. The focal point was the fast greens and getting comfortable putting on them. We paid attention to the breaks as well as the pace and we knew they were going to be even faster the next day. After the practice round we enjoyed a nice buffet arranged by the tournament host, the University of Miami. The ice cream was highly appreciated by everyone.
On Friday, we teed off in the first bracket. The conditions were tough, with a lot of wind and slippery greens. However, the team did not give up and shot a total score of 304. Holly was low on the team with 74. We were happy with how we managed to master the difficult conditions and the tough course. The team was in fourth place after day one.
If we thought Friday's conditions were demanding, we had not seen anything. On Saturday, it was a lot harder! The wind blew even stronger and after nine holes the rain started pouring. We were forced to play two more holes before rules officials stopped the play. We then had a 30-minute rain delay. The team tried to hold the game together, but we all struggled and shot 326. Ashley had a 78, and the team moved down one spot to fifth place.
On Sunday morning there was a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and we were pretty tired thanks to the night's daylight savings. The wind was still extremely strong, if not stronger than the two days before. The wet fairways and the chilly wind made it tough. We struggled as a team, and shot at total score of 319. Unfortunately, we ended up in sixth place. Ashley had a strong tournament and finished top 20. Overall, we had an acceptable tournament under exceptionally conditions. Next, is the Atlantic Sun conference championship.