Women's Golf Checks In From New Zealand
Husky assistant coach Andrea VanderLende checked in from New Zealand for GoHuskies.com after day 10. Here are reports and a photo gallery from days seven through 10 of the 11 day trip.
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Today we played Waikanae Golf Club. We were supposed to have terrible weather but once again the golf gods were with us. It was a bit chilly, but the wind and quick greens made this course very challenging. Waikanae is a traditional club, having one of the largest memberships in all of New Zealand. We also learned that Steve Williams, Tiger Wood's caddy, spent most of his childhood learning the game of golf at Waikanae Golf Club. There were tons of photos of Steve and Tiger displayed around the club.
The day has finally come!! We are off to play the highly anticipated Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay. Cape Kidnappers is the host to the 2009 Kiwi Challenge PGA Tour Event. The defending champion Hunter Mahan and last year's runner-up Anthony Kim will be joined by Sean O'Hair and Camilo Villegas for a 36-hole stroke play event. This event will take place just around the corner on Nov. 11 and 12.
This course lived up to all of its expectations. Once you made your way past the gate you had about a five mile drive that involved many hills and winding roads to reach the club house. On the drive we saw many sheep running around freely in the fields; in fact, our bus actually had to slow down to make sure we didn't hit one. We had a terrible forecast for the day but we lucked out because it turned out to be a beautiful day. Once again, it was a picturesque day and we had our cameras out on every hole.
Our next round in Lake Taupo was at Wairakei International Golf Course. This was a beautiful and challenging golf course that is ranked in Golf Digest's Top 100. It is a classic country club style course aligned with several trees and some hidden bunkers. It is a challenging course off the tee and placement was necessary in order to avoid severely sloped bunkers. The course was in great shape with fast greens that definitely challenged the girls on the team.
It's Saturday back in Washington and Sunday in New Zealand. We are in Taupo sitting around the breakfast table following the Washington USC football game on our iPhones. The team was excited to played Taupo Golf Club, but to be honest we were definitely more excited about Washington beating USC!!! Karinn's dad was giving us play-by-play and we all screamed when he finally said HUSKIES WIN!!!!! Now, off to play some golf and for the team to compete in our first qualifying round of the season.
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