March 14, 2014
Today began the first day of competition for the spring season. We played against former MAAC rival, Boston University, at National Golf Club in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. National Golf Club is one of the top courses in the area, designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course featured a variety of holes with undulating greens, proving to be a test for all.
Instead of our usual stroke play, we played match play, the only time we will have the opportunity to do so all season. I was matched against Emily Tillo, a sophomore from BU. Emily and I played with Victoria Nguyen, who was matched against Kristyna Pavlickova. Each of our matches proved to be a duel to the very end.
I took the early lead in my match by winning the first hole, putting me one up to start the match. The match remained steady all day, with my lead remaining one up through most of the match. Tillo broke the trend on the 17th hole, when she brought the match back to all square. It came down to the final hole, number 18. As I struggled to save bogey, Tillo easily two-putted for par, winning the hole and the match.
Boston University came out as victor. Nguyen and Katie Nelson were the only two to pick up points for Siena – Nguyen finished one up after 18 and Nelson finished two up in her match.
Tomorrow brings on a new challenge – Pinehurst No. 1. Due to incoming inclement weather, Monday’s round has been moved to Saturday. We will begin tournament play at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday and continue with 36 holes on Sunday.