To prepare for the frigid weather at the St. Andrews Links Collegiate, first-year Ing Iadpluem turned the air conditioning in her Granville Towers dorm room to 40 degrees.
She put on a big puffer coat and practiced her swings in Chapel Hill in preparation for the cold temperatures and biting winds of the courses she was about to face in Scotland.
Despite it being her first time in Europe, this method of preparation clearly worked for Iadpluem.
Fulfilling what she called a “dream come true,” Iadpluem set the women’s Jubilee Course record for a single round at the St. Andrews Links Collegiate last week. The North Carolina women's golf team finished first place, aided by fifth-year Kayla Smith's top-placing individual finish.
When UNC assistant coach Katherine Hamski told Iadpluem she had set a new record, the first-year almost didn’t believe her.
“I was like, ‘Huh, really?’” Iadpluem said.
Iadpluem had been dreaming of this moment since she started playing golf. Traditionally called the “home of golf,” St. Andrews Links boasts one of the oldest golf courses in the world.
Fittingly, the Jubilee Course that the invitational was played on is also one of the most difficult. With high-speed winds and piercing temperatures, it presents challenges for even the best of golfers.
“I just feel so lucky," Iadpluem said. "I had a chance to be there and compete as a UNC [athlete]. And even more, I just, like, [shot] so good."