Stanford in Scotland: Blog #7

Sept. 19, 2008

When I arrived on Stanford campus last Saturday, I couldn't help but be nervous. As I sat down to breakfast with Ki-Shui, Mari, Angela, Rebecca, and Piper I wondered how well we would get along. Trying to start a conversation, I'd ask questions about classes, practice, and the infamous workouts. And no matter who I asked, the response would always end in, 'Don't worry, I promise you'll be fine,' or 'We'll take care of you.' After about 15 minutes, I wasn't afraid, and these past 10 days in Scotland has only gotten me more excited about starting school and the season.

Today was our final day in Scotland. While this week has been absolutely amazing, I think we are all eager to get home (and take a trip to In-n-Out burger!). We played our last round at Gullane Golf Club, and all in all it was an enjoyable day. Since qualifying rounds were over, coach wanted us to experiment with shots around the greens. Before we teed off we took our sand wedges out of our bags, and while I was reluctant (and panicky) at first, in the end I became comfortable with shots I had never imagined existed! (Note: If you've never putt a 5 wood from 50 yards off the green, I recommend you try it sometime!)

Because we have a flight out early tomorrow morning, we took it easy the rest of the day. After eating at a local pub and doing some last minute shopping around Edinburgh, we checked in to the Marriot Hotel, finished packing, and rehashed some of the funnier moments we had this week (there were quite a few!)

Visiting the birthplace of golf was a truly incredible experience and sharing it with new teammates made it even more special. Lila and I met in Scotland six years before, which was the beginning of a great friendship. This past week in Scotland was one of the most memorable weeks I've ever had, and I think it's safe to say it was the beginning of a great season.

Yours Truly-Syd

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