Sunday, May 30, 2010

Almost there ....

Hi Cardinal Faithful!

I hope to update my blog this week a few more times to keep you tuned in on our trip to the NCAA Finals in Chattanooga, TN at the Honors Course!

We are excited to get going tomorrow with our practice round at 9am. The guys spent today resting, practicing, and getting ready for the start of the week. We practiced today at UT - Chattanooga's new practice facility. A great spot to work out the kinks and thanks to Coach Mark Guhne for his hospitality. It was good to spend some time hitting and chipping off the Bermuda grass ... a tad different than what we see in CA.

Tomorrow we play at 9am in our practice round. It sounds like the course will be a real test. A drive in the rough and a wedge back to the fairway if you are not careful. The practice round is test in patience as there will be 30 teams on the course all trying to take in as much as they can before round 1.

We play the first round Tuesday starting at 12:12 off the 10th tee and then Wednesday we go early with the first time at 7am. Our pairing is with Oregon and Oklahoma State so everyone is excited about playing with two other very talented teams.

We will see what happens! Go Cardinal and more to come......

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Post Season!

Hello Cardinal Faithful:

We are down to the nitty gritty and NCAA post season play! We find our NCAA Regional assignment next Monday May 10th, and eager to see what challenge lies ahead. The team is in good spirits after a close call at the Pac-10's last week at the ASU Karsten Course in Tempe. We jumped out to an impressive lead after the first day with some of the best golf I have witnessed out of our guys all season. We continued to play solid the rest of the event but hats off to the Washington Huskies for tracking us down. They closed strongly and ended up clipping us by three shots. A razor slim margin when counting five scores out of six guys. A ton of positives came out of the week even though finishing second is not the greatest feeling .... Sihwan Kim's 63 in round 1 and the play of Joseph Bramlett with three consecutive 66's were worth noting. I believe we have some good momentum as we approach Regionals and the guys have been grinding to be well prepared to try and win our 9th NCAA crown.

Recruiting for the new year continues to keep us busy as well. Cameron Wilson and Shane Lebow will be huge adds for us next year and in the 2011 entry class we have a very qualified, highly ranked, pool of players that will hopefully some day call themselves Cardinal!

I hope that if you are near our post season venues that you will come out and cheer us on! Go Cardinal and thanks for all of your support.