Feb. 27, 2013
Hello Rambler fans! My name is Carey Farley and I am a junior, co-captain of the women's golf team here at Loyola. I am originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. I have absolutely loved my time at Loyola thus far and dread the day when I must walk across the stage for graduation. I chose Loyola first and foremost for academic purposes. I am an accounting major and IS minor in the business school. Although challenging, it is very rewarding. Secondly, I chose Loyola for its athletics and mainly the golf program. I love golf and couldn't possibly see my life without it. Finally, Loyola's location was a definite attraction. Chicago has endless activities and experiences and there is always something to do!
Running countless sprints, treadmill tests, med-ball slams, plate circuits, inverted TRX rows, dumbbell curls, SL RDL's, Jacob's Ladder, kettle bell swings, hexagon dead lifts, and much more. No, I did not just describe the typical off-season workout routine for our basketball team. This is a typical day in the gym for a Rambler on the women's golf team. This has been our habitual practice schedule four days a week, every week since the end of October.
It could be so easy to be any other complacent golf program at any other school. It could be so easy to sleep through 7 a.m workouts. It could be so easy to not physically train and practice swing mechanics for hours. But, that's not how we roll here at Loyola. Our off-season has hardly been a time of relaxation. On top of working out four (sometimes five) days a week, each girl independently putts and chips in our brand new golf room in Gentille Arena on top of hitting balls at Cog Hill Golf Course at 8:30 a.m on Sundays (remind me to thank coach for picking that glorious time later, after I take a nap).
Since August we've been preparing ourselves for the biggest tournament of the year, the Horizon League Championship where I know we will blow away the competition. This Friday, March 1 we embark on this journey as we fly down to Kiawah Island, SC for the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate tournament. As one of the largest collegiate tournaments in the nation, it will be a test to see where we stack up against the other teams. But, as we compete against some of the most impressive women's golf programs in the nation we keep one thing in mind: you need to play the best to be the best.
Besides the perks of having rockin' beach bods from workouts, we are in peek physical condition and our swings are so pure that there's no doubt that we'll take down our competition this coming season. We have an impressive line up of ladies this year composed of two amazing freshmen, one rock-solid sophomore, four unrelenting juniors, and one dedicated senior. And, how could I miss the opportunity to score some brownie points by mentioning the two incredible coaches we are so blessed to have as well as a new team chaplain that are all such assets to this team's success.
I've been on this team for three years now and this is the most enthusiastic group of ladies I've ever seen. This team is a force to be reckoned with this year I can assure you all. Wish us luck in our tournament in Kiawah! Go Ramblers!