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Nittany Lions Take on Ireland: Day 1

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Penn State women's golf is headed to Ireland on a foreign trip for a week of training at a variety of historic courses, with some tabbed among the best in the world. As the Nittany Lions experience Ireland, continue checking back for updates from trip.


Nine red letters, all combined into the one word that you never want to see displayed on an airport monitor, "CANCELLED." Those letters were the current roadblock between nine members of the Penn State women's golf team and a week-long trip to Ireland.


Four hours prior to the ultimate travel wrench being thrown at our golfing trip, we were in the Tombros Varsity clubhouse saying goodbye to our parents, reuniting with teammates and tagging our luggage. Along with our two coaches, we were all dressed in our brand-new navy blue track suits and Penn State sneakers as we loaded our stuff into two vans and took off to the airport. 


At the University Park Airport, we went through ticketing, checked our luggage and headed off to security, which should have been our warning. Our navy blue tracksuits had zippers on the pants pockets, triggering University Park's new body scanner for all eleven members in our travel group. After the pat down, we turned the corner to the gates where we saw that our flight was delayed by fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes turned into thirty, thirty to an hour, an hour to two hours and then, "CANCELLED." Conversations about how fast we could run through the Philadelphia airport to catch our connecting flight soon turned into conversations surrounding if we would even make it to our destination. 


An hour later we were back in the men's and women's golf team vans. One van was headed to the State College SpringHill Suites and the other was headed to my apartment. Our trip was going to be delayed by a full 24 hours, but Coach St. Pierre had some good news - we would still make our tee time at Old Head in Kinsale, Ireland.


- Cara Basso, sophomore

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