The weekend started slow and easy with a nice plane ride from Eugene to San Jose on Alaska Airlines, where they give you those little delicious cranberry snacks. We also packed along the usual Daisy Duck treats, along with some banana bread Coach P made. Just a few days later, we ended coming back with two trophies and a lot more memories!!
San Jose State University hosts the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational annually at Almaden Golf & Country Club. This is one of our team’s favorite tracks, with a few tight fairways, tricky greens and some long par 4s. This year, it seemed that our day to day hard work finally paid off.
CETAINLY MORE INTERESTING THINGS HAPPENED THIS WEEK:
CATHLEEN SANTOSO our AUSSEI POWER and “Miss 63” just won her first college tournament!!!!!!!!!!!
Shooting 63 last week in Peoria Arizona at the Westbrook Invitational was a huge step forward for Cathleen and her game. However, we knew our Aussie Power would continue to show perseverance and hard work in San Jose. She kicked off the first day in the morning with a solid round of 73 and a carded 72 in the afternoon. She finished the tournament with a bogey free round to shoot 68 and a tie for first place individually.
“It was great to see how much the hard work and practice has paid off.” Cathleen says, “I have been staying patient and I knew something big was to come. This week was it and to come out on top is just the result of persistence.”
MARCELLA PRANOVIA had quite the scorecard during her first round. “My scorecard on the first round was a rainbow!” Marcella says. “I was happy with all the birdies I made. The eagle on the 18th hole was solid. The hole was 475 yards and I had 216 yards in. I hit my 3 wood and sank an 11 footer to make my eagle!” Marcella shot 74 with 3 bogies, 4 birdies, 2 doubles and 1 eagle. Just 7 pars! :) In case you do not believe it, here it is:
On the top of that CAROLINE INGLIS had a solid consistent tournament with rounds of 76, 71, 75 and a key birdie on the last hole of her second round. Also it is important to remark the strong ending round of CASSY ISAGAWA, finishing birdie, birdie, par to shot 69 the last round. CASSY ISAGAWA had rounds of 73, 74, 69 and added another TOP 5 to her records. Also, she hit some incredible drivers all around that play to her advantage in those long par 4. RAFFI DYER signed rounds of 80, 76, 80. She is swinging the club much better. We are positive we will see good results soon as she continues to work really hard every day on and off the course.
Maybe BUBBLE TEA brought us some luck
This was the first Tapioca/Bubble Tea experience for Coach P after having an authentic Chinese lunch. Cathleen calls it “Yum Cha” and Coach Ria calls it “Dim Sum”
Most of us really liked the mix smoothie with pearls.
Made a stop at Tapioca again on our way back to the Airport to celebrate!!
The way back to OREGON was smooth and did not keep Marcella & Raffi from taking pictures with the “Selfiepod” YES! UNREAL
GRINDER OF THE WEEK: Caroline Inglis in her second 18 holes! “It wasn’t a good ball striking day for me. So I told myself to stay positive and patient and grind it out and ended up making some great birdies on the way in.” Caroline was +3 in her round at one point, before grinding it out to finish at 1 under.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The ball reject the hole like the boy reject me” – Cassy Isagawa in her exaggerated Asian accent”
LOST IN TRANSLATION: “Never in, never up”—Marcella Pranovia