University of Arkansas head women’s golf coach Shauna Estes-Taylor is spending a week on the road recruiting. What is special about this week is that Estes-Taylor is representing the Razorbacks at events in Ireland. Check back over the next couple of days to see how her adventure is going.
It has been another great day at The British Girls Championship. It was a day filled with challenging weather conditions and tons of great matches to watch. The wind was blowing about 35-40mph. It was by far the windiest day we have had in Ireland. I must mention the weather conditions because I am always amazed how much it changes. Just when I think I have seen it all, we get a different combination that I must share with you.
Today there were so many different countries represented in the matches. There were girls from Spain, Germany, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom still left in the competition. The fun part about it is to see the all of the team members who have been eliminated come out and cheer on those that are remaining. The galleries were big today and the atmosphere was exciting. There were several matches that even went to the 18th hole. The winners of the matches today truly earned their spot into the semifinal matches that begin tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.—yay I finally get to sleep in!
Following play today, Adam and I headed back over to Clandeboye Golf Club to say goodbye to all of our Irish friends that we met earlier in the week. We grabbed a cart and played one last round in less than three hours. I was even able to work with Adam on how to play in such tough wind conditions. For those that are curious, I shot four-over! My par-5 scoring was not so good today, but the conditions were quite tough. Adam played his best golf of the trip!
As we were leaving the club, the former president of Clandeboye gave us a signed book of the clubs history and presented Adam with an Ambassador sweater. I think we have made friends for life in Northern Ireland.
Tomorrow I will head out to watch the semi-finals of the golf tournament and then Adam and I will say goodbye to Belfast. It will be very sad to depart, but I think we are both getting excited to head back home. We will get back in the car and head south to Dublin for our early morning flight back on Saturday.
We just got back from our last dinner in Belfast. We went to our favorite Chinese restaurant-Water Margin. We made friends with the owner and told him that we hoped to return back to Belfast in the near future. Now we are off to pack our hotel room and get ready for one last trek around Royal Belfast Golf Club. I have seen some amazing talent and have made many good connections for the future. This has been a very great recruiting trip and an experience that Adam and I both will cherish forever.
One last time: Off to find our four leaf clover here in Belfast, Ireland! GO RAZORBACKS and til tomorrow…..