When I started writing this blog with the help of my parents it was mainly to learn to write. In the future I was sure that added with some interesting thoughts people would find some of what I say interesting. So as I try to write about my trip to the University of Texas I hope I write this in a way that lets the reader know how excited I am that one of the top womens golf programs in the country let me see the what, where , why, when and how they get the job done.
After the Rolex Championship in 2010 at Hilton Head South Carolina my parents, coach’s and I put a short list of schools together to contact about me playing golf in college. The purpose of our list was not only to let each school know I was interested in playing but allow us to spend time looking how each of the chosen programs built a team. At the time I thought I might help a team win a national championship or at the least compete at a higher level but I was going to college. I was not going to college to be a doctor or a lawyer my career choice I hope might be to play golf for money. I knew I wanted to raise the level of my golf game and college was the next stage for growth as a player and person . So we put a list together that started at 5 schools and now is at 3. So here we go about visit number 1 to the University of Texas …..
First though…. Why at first did the University of Texas make my short list…. What some people outside or even inside our group didn’t realize is that one of my all time favorite golfers who I met when I was 8 with his friend Scotty I corresponded with since that first meeting 7 years ago. Both my dad and I reached out often in that time for guidance in a very simple way. From Christmas cards and letters to phone conversations and even a putter (complete with putting advice) he sent when I was 10, Ben Crenshaw is someone who I wanted to be like . Think of it this way Tiger had Jack on his wall, I had Ben complete with an autographed Masters flag and letter on mine .
I may not have wanted to win the Masters, but I did want to play and act like Ben. What some people forgot, or at least don’t speak of as much, was that Ben Crenshaw from 1971-1973 while playing University of Texas was a 3 time NCAA individual Champion. That record of success at the NCAA level Tiger did not even equal let alone anyone else. That remarkable record of 3 NCAA individual championships I looked at as personal goal and not only for what was done but where it was accomplished. Although not the only reason wanting my picture on the same wall as one of my favorite players made me at least look at the University Texas. A respected coaching staff in place for at least 3 years, a world class facility including one of the top Sports Science programs in the country were the last of the criteria used in making up our list of schools. So there is the why they made my list ……here soon to follow is the reason they vaulted to the top ….. oh and next stop Oklahoma State….