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.
Well I know I am beginning to sound like a broken record, but today goes down as the worst weather day yet here in Belfast, Ireland. I pulled into the parking lot at Royal Belfast at 7:15a.m. and I wasn’t quite prepared for the weather. I had on three layers on the top and the bottom plus my raingear. I double checked my phone to make sure we hadn’t slept for a few months to January. It was 15 degrees Celsius, blowing 30mph, and raining sideways.
I had my plan in place and I went out to find the six matches that I needed to watch today. As I made my way out on the course, I stopped by the car for my mittens and toboggan. I am kicking myself for not bringing hot hands, but who would have thought I would have needed them in August-I thought wrong! I got some really great work into today and finally on day three I have the names, graduation years, and have become a master at identifying each player and how they have been playing. I have gotten to see the players personalities really stand out in these tough conditions. I use to thrive in these kinds of conditions because I knew my attitude would be worth a few shots. It has been an absolute test of golf and a great place to watch some of the best juniors in the world compete for such a prestigious title. The field is now cut to 16 players and there is still a little work left to do tomorrow and Friday.
After golf today, Adam and I made a late day journey one hour north to explore some must-see tourist spots. We visited the quaint town of Port Rush; it is the home of the 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell. Next we headed over to the touristy spot of The Giant’s Causeway-I highly recommend making a stop here if your travels ever bring you to Northern Ireland! The Giant’s Causeway is an area of approximately 38,000 columns, the result of ancient volcanic activity 60 million years ago. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, due to its amazing geology. It sits directly on the Irish Sea and it looks like church organ pipes everywhere. Adam and I took some great photos for our Christmas card this year. This was such a great way to end our day!
We traveled back to Belfast for a nice dinner and a warm bed. I am exhausted and ready for some sleep. I have another big day on the links tomorrow and maybe one last pit stop before we return to Dublin for our flight home.
Off to find our four leaf clover here in Belfast, Ireland! GO RAZORBACKS and til tomorrow…..