JP Bruno | March 15, 2017
Each year, the University's spring break gives the Notre Dame women's golf team a unique opportunity to hit the road to work on their game as they ready for the stretch run of the season.
For the past five spring breaks, Notre Dame has journeyed to Mesa, Arizona, where it hosts the Clover Cup tournament at the Longbow Golf Club, and this year is no different. While the tournament does not start until March 17, the team will arrive early to get in a few important practice rounds, and also to do service in the Mesa community.
"We always make time to stop by the Cardon Children's Medical Center to visit with the pediatric cancer patients," says head coach Susan Holt. "We meet up with the kids in the activity center and spend time playing board games, coloring and painting. It's a great feeling to put a smile on the kids' faces and let them have some fun and hopefully forget about their illness for a little while."
As much as the trip is about golf, spending time with the children at the award-winning medical facility is a favorite break for the golfers.
"We always look forward to the time we get to spend at Cardon," says senior Jordan Ferreira. "It's important that we get to interact with the community that is so welcoming to us, and see the genuine impact we have by brightening the children's day."
And while the golfers work hard on the course, the children can keep them busy as well.