May 19, 2003
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –
The Florida State women’s golf team practiced on the Birck Boilermaker Golf Course on the campus of Purdue University for the first time Sunday. The five Seminoles played all 18 holes along with each of the 23 other teams vying for the Division I Women’s Golf National Championship which begins Tuesday. The Seminoles have one more practice round scheduled for Monday before competition begins.
Following the completion of Sunday’s practice round, each of the Seminoles stopped to and discussed their Seminoles-eye view of the course with seminoles.com. Each of the five Florida State players gave their various opinions ranging from the speed of the greens, the length of the fairways, possible pin placements and how they might play the course beginning Tuesday.
“My first day playing the great Pete Dye designed Purdue course was a wonderful adventure. The course is full of long narrow fairways, huge greens, waster bunkers, and my favorite grass, bent. After today’s practice round, I feel that as long as I can keep my drives in the fairway, I can be successful. The greens were slower than I anticipated, but at least they are silky smooth and I don’t have to read the grain like many of the courses we have played this spring I love the sand in the bunkers; I think I’d rather be chipping out of a green side bunker than the thick green side rough. The practice facility is amazing and it definitely lends itself to be able to hold such a prestigious tournament such as the NCAA Championship. Overall, this track is well designed and challenging. It will surely test all 24 teams’ golf skills.”
“Today was the first day anyone of us saw the Brick Boilermaker Golf Course. The course was different from the kinds we usually play down in Florida, and it reminded me more of the courses home in Sweden. The reason for this was the different kind of grass they have here. Overall, I think the condition of the course was good. The only thing I would like them to improve before Tuesday, is the speed of the greens. They were nice and smooth, but too slow! The possible pin placements on the greens are many, and I think that no matter where they will place the pins, they are going to be tough. Putting is therefore something that I think is important to focus on tomorrow, on the second practice day.”
“Playing the golf course today was almost a relief. We were all so excited to finally be here and see the course for the first time. It is a very well designed course. I like the golf course and think that it will provide a fair and challenging venue for the tournament. We had a lot of fun playing our practice round. Unfortunately we all found ourselves in some interesting types of high grasses (up over my head in some places) and deep bunkers that hopefully will not come into play Tuesday when the competition begins. Carrie also seemed to have some trouble maneuvering the terrain as she stumbled and fell coming down a hill on the last hole…ooops! The practice facilities here are awesome and we spent an hour after our round playing games on the range hitting at the oversized flags (these things are about 15 times the size of a normal golf flag) and hitting low stingers at the poor guy driving the range picker.”
“Stepping onto the first practice hole today felt a lot like regionals at Michigan last year. The wind was blowing (not half as hard), the rough was a thick bluegrass (something we play in once a year), and it was a very gloomy day. Despite our memories from 2002, we are a year more prepared, a year more experienced and are ready for the challenge of playing in the NCAA Championship. Overall the course was in awesome shape and with one more day of practice, we will be ready to play. Oh and by the way, I wasn’t the first to fall down a hill. Katie took one wrong step during our fourth hole and found herself laying on the ground. So tomorrow’s keys are to hit fairways and to watch our steps!”