Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship

October 14, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I had the honor of spending the last three days covering the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship, a women's college golf event hosted by the Lady Vols at Holston Hills Country Club. I learned a lot shooting the event. I learned how better to handle my post athletic event workflow. I learned how better to control the settings in changing light environments. I learned that a full frame camera>a crop sensor camera. But most of all I learned that cameras are REALLY, REALLY LOUD! 

I had a great time following the Lady Vols around the golf course. They played three tough rounds and placed second for the match. Above, AJ Newell bombs a drive from the first tee on Friday.

Erica Popson (above) finished the tournament in a tie for 4th. 

Chessey Thomas (above) shot Saturday's team best of a three under 69. Bonus, this photo (pre-editing) was in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Sara Monberg (above with asst. coach Jan Dowling) had the top round for the Lady Vols on Sunday shooting a 1 under 71 on the day. She had four birdies on the day including an exciting putt on the 18th that sealed up second place for the team.

 

[Couldn't resist adding this #winning photo Jan scarfing a Chic-fil-a sandwich while Chessey asks for just a little bite!]

I'll say it again, I had a great time watching these girls play golf. That's a phrase I never thought I'd type. As a photographer it presented me with a real world challenge of figuring out a camera I didn't know (Nikon D3), learning to photograph a sport where noise and motion from a photographer are highly frowned upon, and seeking out ways to make the repetitive nature of the sport artistic and interesting from group to group as they played the course. I'm looking forward to getting to shoot this event next year and for years to come. 

Check out the full gallery HERE. The gallery also includes a few shots from the women's golf clinic that was recently held at the UT practice facility.

enjoy.

 


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