March 2, 2009
I cannot believe that an entire semester has already past. It felt like just yesterday that we moved our bed, bath and beyond bags into the empty dorms and was wandering around school corridors to find our way to class. Even though I am fully aware that I have been four full months away from home, which is over 5,000 miles away from New Orleans, I have not felt homesick once. It was not even with a hint of hesitation I returned to my beloved NOLA after Christmas break, despite the well known expression: "there is no place like home."
I believe that one should embrace every single day and focus on the future, not the past. But before I tell you about the exciting future that our team is going to experience, I must mention some great things about the past semester. First of all, I am so proud of my teammates, coach and the staff that has been absolutely amazing. Our team's grade point average was 3.45 was during our first semester. How cool is that?! I think it is pretty awesome, so good job girls! I must also mention that I have seen a great transformation in my teammates as well as myself this semester. Coming in as a group of girls, we have all taken responsibility and pride in practice as well as our social life and become young women.
All the members of the golf team have been working their "tails" off during Christmas break in order to come out strong for the upcoming season. I cannot say that it was easy to practice golf back home when it was -10 degrees Celsius. But you have to make the best out of it, therefore I tried to play Augusta and Pebble beach in a golf simulator a couple of times per week and to make minor changes in the swing-technique as well as do club fitting for a couple of days. Workouts remained the same back in Sweden (Siberia) as they did in Nola. The three weeks I had off went by very fast, but at the same time it felt great to get back to the United States, although I will miss my mother's, aka the health guru, food.
Back at Tulane, practice started off immediately and it was with great excitement and joy we started doing the drills that Coach had planned. I must admit, that I think it is rather impressive how coach can manage to get everything together time-wise, not only to plan practice based on our previous results but also to have time for recruiting and to spend time with his wife, Sydnie. The work ethic our team is putting in right now amazes me, I have a hard time believing that other teams work so hard together. After a little physio-evaluation, we all do some great stretches and different workouts than we have done before, and these are absolutely great but must look a tad interesting from the outside observer.
I think we are headed for a great semester both academically and golf-wise. I know how much effort and pride we put into our practices and workouts that cannot possibly result in anything else but success.
See you at the course!