Now that it has been almost a month since Sherman's debut at the ChiroGames, I finally have a minute to tell you a little bit about the experience. I definitely think that getting to participate in the event was a great opportunity for students at Sherman. I encourage anyone even considering going to definitely give it a shot next year. There are many different events so there is a little something for everyone. Unfortunately, this year, with it being the first time Sherman attended the games, we didn't send a lot of people. We definitely need to get more people together next year.
This year we managed to gather up a soccer team and a golf team. Even though tennis is more of my sport, I decided to play on the golf team because I really wanted to participate and that was pretty much my only option. Although I'm not much of a golfer, I decided it was worth a try. After all, I had played golf a few times in my day (but not many). After going to the driving range a couple of times and playing a golf course or two I headed to Port St. Lucie, Florida to give it a whirl. Just before going, I viewed a slideshow of the Eagle Marsh Golf Course (the site of the tournament) and started to get a little nervous.
When I got to the hotel in Florida and saw the itinerary, I got a little more nervous. I found out that the next morning at 8:00, I would be teeing off with three guys. My first thought was "oh great, I'm going to totally embarass myself." When Lauren Scott, Kallie Yamane, Chris Dugger (my teammates) and I got to the golf course, we found it completely drenched from all the rain that had been coming down the previous day and night.
As we began the tournament, I was dreading it, wondering what I had gotten myself into. It didn't take even one hole, however, for me to realize that everyone there was just out to have a good time and didn't really care that I wasn't exactly an expert golfer. I had a great time, not only playing golf on a beautiful course, but also getting to know people from other schools. That was really the best part. I don't think my cart buddy will be forgetting me for a while either.
Being in Florida, we saw lots of critters including a rabbit, 2 alligators, and a snake! Let me just tell you, I don't deal with snakes very well and when we drove by one in the cart, my "cart buddy" tried to stop to look while I simultaneously slammed on the gas and held it down. Needless to say, as soon as he let up, we took off. I think I may have accidentally given him a slight case of whiplash!!! (oops) On the second day, I had a great time as well. My teammate Kallie Yamane and I played together in a scramble and did alright (better than I did on the my own the first day). The following is a link to a video that was taken of me on the first day. (Yikes!)
These are just some pictures of me, my muddy shoes after the first day, my teammates, the guys I played with the first day, and one of the friendly alligators I saw along the way.
Needless to say, we had a great time, didn't come in last, and made several new friends. As for the soccer team, because the soccer field and golf course were pretty far apart, we didn't get to see any of the soccer games. We heard, however, that the team played really hard and did well, even though they did come back a little beat up (some more than others). For more information on the soccer portion, visit Greg's Blog.