Friday, December 21, 2007
For me, the season with the Stanford men's golf team started out with
an exciting trip to Japan. It was great to see my old teammates again,
joking with them, giving them a hard time, especially the new
freshmen and in particular Sihwan Kim. The atmosphere in the beginning is always different and challenging because of new faces, but I knew Sihwan from
earlier days so he was able to fit right in with the team.
Besides watching Spiderman 3 twice and Fantastic Four a couple times, the
plane ride to Japan was tiring, yet exciting. For this tournament, the
highlight of my round was birdieing four holes in a row to contribute
to the team and put our team in position to win. It's moments like
these, where I fight for the team and seeing others fight for the team
as well, that makes being apart of Stanford men's golf fun. Not only
are you rewarded with the satisfaction of playing well, but your
teammates appreciate the effort ten times more.
The other moment that parallels this experience is when Graham and I teamed up in a short-game competition on the putting green. Six tees were set up to a small hole and the team took turn at each tee trying to make the put. If one
person missed, the team would have to start over from the beginning.
Time proved that going last as a good thing, and we were lucky enough
to be in that position. After seeing many teams show much frustration,
Graham and I pumped each other up convincing ourselves we'd to the
best and to stay patient. When the last put fell in only one turn
without any failure, a perfect score, Graham and I not only
congratulated each other, put the it pumped our team up as well, due
to the showcase of support and approval.
In all, this fall has been great with lots of hard work from each team member. We've grown together as a team and learned to lean on each other because of our own individual strengths, whether it's Grube's leadership for golf,
Graham's dry humor at early morning workouts, Sihwan's passion for his
biceps during extra workouts, or talking to the love doctor Dr. Kemmer
Living with Jordan Cox has been enjoyable as well, as we've grown from rivals in high school, to teammates, to friends. Besides waking each other for workouts, I enjoy talking about life and school with him.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
My third fall season has flown by, much like the first two, but this was undoubtedly the most memorable. We kicked off the season by flying to Japan and playing in the Topy Cup collegiate tournament there. While our performance in the tournament did not meet our standards, the rest of the trip was unforgettable. From eating more McDonalds than I ever have here (ask Coach) to climbing the Tokyo tower and seeing downtown Tokyo for 20 miles every way to watching the bullet train fly past at 150mph only 15 feet away from us, Japan captured the distinction of my favorite college trip.
The rest of the season was no less surreal. In Palm Springs we stayed at every 8-65 year old guys’ dream house, equipped with bowling alleys and theatres to watch football, and in Orlando we spent two hours at Tiger’s house wondering how his 3rd Claret Jug didn’t fall off his mantle because it was too full of trophies.
While we played well nearly every tournament, we couldn’t figure out a way to bring home a victory. Two 2nd place finishes have made us that much more hungry—we know we have the ability to dominate college golf, and I believe it is only a matter of time.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
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.