Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Joseph Bramlett on CordeValle tourney
Going into the CordeValle Collegiate our team had yet to win a tournament, but had come a long way since the beginning of the season. The first few tournaments we played, our execution on the course was not very good and our scores and finishes showed. We were still trying to come together as a team and figure out how to play three solid rounds together. The freshmen were trying to get accustomed to college golf and the returners were trying to figure out what we were missing from the previous year's success. As CordeValle approached it was clear that our chemistry was coming together and we were regaining the same feelings that we had the year before. Morning workouts became more intense and afternoon practices were more focused. We were getting used to playing together and our team unity was taking huge strides. CordeValle, we felt, was the perfect place for us to return to our winning ways.
Although we were unable to defend our title at CordeValle we gained a lot of confidence and experience that will pay off during the spring season. Sihwan got his first college victory under his belt, Steve played his first college event representing the team, Jordan had his best finish in a college event, and we came together a lot more than the first couple of events. Steve and I went out first in the final round and the first tee shot was the most pumped up I had been at any point in the fall. We were twelve shots out of the lead, but I could feel that everyone on our team knew we could win and that UCLA was going to have to play really solid to beat us. CordeValle was a huge step for us in our process that will give us another chance to win a NCAA championship.