Golf - Lady Falcon News
March 25, 2014 – Ocala, FL:
DAYTONA STATE, CHAN WIN MSU SPRING INVITATIONAL
Tiffany Chan continued her winning streak this week by capturing her third individual title in a row at the MSU Spring Invitational. Chan had her best performance of the season with an impressive 10 under par with scores of 67-68-71 (206) to capture the title by 7 strokes over teammate So Young Hwang. Hwang had a solid 3 under par performance shooting scores of 71-72-70 (213) which earned her individual runner-up, five shots ahead of 3rd place finisher Hailey Hrynewich (218) from Ohio University. "Tiffany and So Young played great. They dominated the individual results and were the only two players under par for the event," commented Coach Laura Brown.
The Daytona State Lady Falcons also captured the team title by 6 strokes with scores of 295-298-296 (889) over runner-up Houston Baptist University (895). University of North Florida (902) finished 3rd. Sixteen teams competed in the MSU Invitational which was held at Juliette Falls Golf Club. The course played to a yardage of 6113 and at a par of 72.
Other finishers for Daytona State include freshman Whitney Stevenson who tied for 30th (78-76-77), freshman Courtney Cobb who tied for 60th (79-82-78), and sophomore Jessica Madsen who tied for 82nd (88-82-79).
"This was an impressive win for the team and Tiffany. To win the team title and individual title wire to wire was impressive," stated Coach Laura Brown. "So Young played great this weekend as well and I was really happy to see her put three low rounds together. I'm really excited for them, as we are heading into our toughest field of the year next week when we compete in University of Georgia's event and this should build their confidence heading into that event. I'm proud of them for grinding out a solid team score during the final round. The winds were strong and conditions were tough and they stayed focused and had their second best team score of the tournament."
The Lady Falcons return to competition April 4-6 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, GA.
March 16, 2014 – Jacksonville, FL:
CHAN HAS BACK TO BACK WINS OVER SPRING BREAK
Freshman sensation, Tiffany Chan continued her solid play this week by capturing individual titles at the UNF Invitational and the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational.
The UNF Invitational took place at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club on March 10-11. Chan shot scores of 70-76-72 to win by 8 strokes. In the team standings, the Lady Falcons finished 2nd out of 14 teams with scores of 310-314-306, 11 strokes behind tournament champion Western Carolina.
Other finishers for Daytona State include sophomore So Young Hwang who tied for 14th (78-80-77), freshman Whitney Stevenson who tied for 31st (82-82-78), freshman Courtney Cobb who tied for 36th (80-76-88), and sophomore Jess Madsen who tied for 55th (83-89-79).
"We had a very busy spring break, as we played 8 rounds of golf in an 8 day span between the competition days and practice rounds," said Coach Laura Brown. "They were able to stay focused despite being tired and fighting through some aches and pains. We were also missing sophomore, Mary Dawson who is always one of our strongest players, as she is recovering from an injury. Our team scores during the UNF Invitational were considerably higher than our average, but I think part of this had to do with the toughness of the course. The greens were very difficult and were extremely fast and a few of my players really struggled around the greens."
The Lady Falcons then traveled to Eagle Landing Country Club on the other side of Jacksonville to compete in the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational March 14-16. Chan continued her impressive play by posting scores of 73-71-71 to win by 3 strokes. In the team competition the Lady Falcons finished in 5th place with scores of 307-295-301, 11 strokes behind tournament champion Elon University.
Other finishers for Daytona State include So Young Hwang who tied for 13th (73-72-78), Courtney Cobb who tied for 50th (79-79-77), Jessica Madsen who finished 62nd (82-73-83), and Whitney Stevenson who finished tied for 65th (82-84-75).
The team had one day to re-group in between events and scored much better at the JMU Invitational. "We didn't have a good first round, but really rebounded for the second and third rounds, as we posted the second lowest team scores on both days," said Coach Brown. "The team jumped up 10 spots in 2 days which I was very impressed by. They rallied and climbed their way back up the leaderboard despite being 15th out of 16 teams after the first round. Finishing 5th out of 16 teams after the start they had was great! Tiffany led her team and played great during the final round despite the 35 MPH winds she encountered. Posting an under par score in that wind was really impressive," said Coach Brown. I'm really pleased with how my players responded after their disappointing first round. Their competitiveness really came out the second and third day and I'm very proud of them."
The Lady Falcons return to competition March 23-25 at the MSU Spring Invitational in Ocala, FL.
February 18, 2014 – Amelia Island, FL:
CHAN TIES FOR MEDALIST HONORS - LADY FALCONS FINISH 3RD AT JU/AMELIA ISLAND INVITATIONAL
The Daytona State College Women's Golf Team are off to a great start this spring as the team finished 3rd in the 14-team field JU/Amelia Island Invitational at Amelia Island, FL.
With a team score of 890 (295-294-301), the Lady Falcons finished 3rd, behind tournament winner FIU (859) and 2nd place Kennesaw State (871). Rounding out the top five was tournament host Jacksonville University in 4th place (894) and Winthrop in 5th place (895).
The Falcons were led by freshman Tiffany Chan who finished tied for medalist honors after the 54-hole competition with scores of 71-66-71 for an impressive 8-under 208. Chan tied with Camilla Serrano from FIU. Chan and Serrano went into a sudden death playoff where Serrano ended up winning on the 4th hole.
Other finishers for Daytona State include sophomore So Young Hwang who tied for 11th (73-72-75), freshman Whitney Stevenson who tied for 41st (75-74-83), sophomore Jessica Madsen who tied for 48th (76-82-78), sophomore Mary Dawson who tied for 50th (78-82-77) and freshman Courtney Cobb who finished tied for 73rd (84-85-80).
"I was very pleased with how my players performed in our first event of the spring. The past two weeks have been very challenging with the weather and my players haven't had much range time due to all the rain", Coach Laura Brown said. "They played very solid overall especially considering this was their first competition since early November. I am very proud of the way they finished and they should feel good getting off to a solid start and I anticipate this will help with their confidence heading into our upcoming events."
The Lady Falcons return to competition March 3rd – 5th at the Miami Hurricane Invitational in Miami, FL.
October 22, 2013 – Lakewood Ranch, FL:
LADY FALCONS FINISH 2ND AT PAT BRADLEY INVITATIONAL
The Daytona State College Women's Golf Team continued their impressive play this season by finishing 2nd in the 17-team field 36th Annual FIU/Pat Bradley Invitational at Lakewood Ranch Country Club in Lakewood Ranch, FL.
With a team score of 874 (293-287-294), the Lady Falcons finished 2nd, 1 shot behind tournament winner University of Missouri. Daytona State had a 4 stroke advantage heading into the final round and posted a solid 294, but Missouri posted a 2-under 286 to capture the title. Daytona had posted a season low 1-under 287 in the 2nd round and posted their lowest team scores of the season. Host FIU (876), Maryland (878) and Memphis (892) rounded out the top five.
The Falcons were led by sophomore So Young Hwang who finished 2nd out of 93 players with scores of 71-69-71 for an impressive 5-under 211 total just 1 shot behind tournament winner Coralia Arias from FIU. Freshman Tiffany Chan also had a strong showing with a 5th place finish and scores of 72-70-71 (213).
Other finishers for Daytona State include sophomore Mary Dawson who tied for 12th overall with a 54-hole total of 217 (72-70-75), sophomore Jessica Madsen who finished tied for 58th at 233 (78-78-77), and freshman Whitney Stevenson who finished in a tie for 73rd at 239 (81-78-80).
I was so impressed with how my team played in this event. This was a very strong field and they really stepped up their games this week and played so well. I know they were disappointed that they didn't win, as losing by 1 shot is always tough, but they should be proud of themselves for a job well done, Coach Laura Brown said. "They played their best of the season and posted some impressive scores. Combined they posted 6 under par rounds and the team posted an under par round in the 2nd round which hasn't happened in 3 years. Additionally, only two team scores in the 36 years of the event were lower than what these young ladies shot. They should be very proud of that especially since this event attracts some very strong teams."
The Lady Falcons return to competition November 4th and 5th at the Hatter Classic at Victoria Hills Country Club in Deland, FL.
October 7, 2013 - Daytona Beach, FL:
LADY FALCONS FINISH 2ND AT XAVIER INVITATIONAL
The Daytona State College Women's Golf Team continued their solid start to the season by finishing 2nd in the 18-team field Xavier Invitational at LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona Beach, FL.
With a team score of 901 (300-301-300), the Lady Falcons finished 2nd, 8 shots behind tournament winner Mercer University and in a tie with Morehead State University. Mercer won the event with a three-day total of 893. Host Xavier (914) and Stetson (918) rounded out the top five.
The Falcons were led by Tiffany Chan, a freshman from Hong Kong, who posted a 2nd place finish with scores of 73-72-69. Chan's final round 69 tied the low round of the tournament.
Other finishers for Daytona State include sophomore So Young Hwang tied for 13th overall with a 54-hole total of 227 (76-77-74), sophomore Mary Dawson who finished 18th at 229 (76-75-78), sophomore Jessica Madsen came in tied for 24th at 232 (76-77-79) and freshman Whitney Stevenson finished in a tie for 42nd at 239 (75-77-87). Jessica Madsen also had a hole in one during her first round on the 12th hole.
When asked how she felt about the teams play, Coach Laura Brown commented "I am very happy with the way the team finished. They played very solid and I thought it was a great showing for them. Tiffany played very solid and her 69 was very impressive. This finish should continue to provide them with the confidence they need to remain competitive in their upcoming events."
The Lady Falcons return to competition October 14th and 15th at the JU Classic at Marsh Landing Country Club in Jacksonville, FL.
September 22, 2013 – Daytona Beach, FL:
LADY FALCONS CAPTURE OPENING SEASON EVENT
The Daytona State College Women's Golf Team began their quest to repeat as NJCAA National Champions by winning their first event of the season. The Lady Falcons captured the Lady Falcon Invitational at LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona Beach, FL.
With a score of 595, the Lady Falcons won the tournament by 17 shots over second place Lynn University who are the reigning NCAA Division II National Champions. Florida Tech, Seminole State College, and Florida Southern rounded out the top five.
The Falcons were led by tournament co-medalist Tiffany Chan, a freshman from Hong Kong, who shot scores of 71-73. Chan ended up in a tie for first place with Emily Rymer of Florida Southern. The two were declared co-champions since a playoff could not be completed due to bad weather. Whitney Stevenson, a freshman from Canton, GA finished in third place with scores of 76-70 and sophomore So Young Hwang from South Korea, finished in 4th place with scores of 71-76.
Falcon head coach Laura Brown was very pleased by the season opening event. "I am very happy and proud of my players on their impressive win today. They played very consistently and deserved this win. I was especially pleased with my top three players and it was great to see my freshmen play so well. Having Tiffany win her first event individually was impressive. Additionally Whitney's second round was her best round ever and I'm very excited for her. This win should really set the tone for the season and I think the entire team has gained a tremendous amount of confidence after playing so well in their first event.
May 17, 2013 - Mesa, AZ:
DAYTONA STATE CAPTURES 6TH NATIONAL TITLE
Daytona State College Women's Golf Team captured the 2013 NJCAA National Golf Championship, edging Redlands Community College by 11 strokes and Seminole State College of Florida by 16 shots with a 1211 team score in the four-round tournament held at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona. This is the sixth NJCAA title for the women's golf program, as the Lady Falcons have now won the championship in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
"This group of young ladies really dug deep and fought hard for this win", said head coach Laura Brown. "I am extremely proud of this team and their hard work and dedication this year paid off in the end when it counted. They had a great time in Arizona and our focus was to simply enjoy the competition and stay in the moment and they did that really well."
Daytona State Women's Golf Team Captures 6th NJCAA National Championship
Daytona State's goal going into the tournament was to bring back the National Championship to Daytona at the end of the week. "The key was to stay consistent with our scores and remain in contention", said Laura Brown. Daytona State finished the first round with a team score of 303 which landed them in a tie for third place, but just two shots off of the lead. Daytona State posted a 305 in the second round which was good enough to tie them for the lead. With a third round of 300, DSC moved into first all alone with a nine stroke advantage over defending national champions, Redlands Community College. DSC's final round of 303 gave the Lady Falcon's an eleven shot team victory, as they edged Redlands by another two strokes on the final day.
So Young Hwang, DSC's standout freshman from South Korea finished second individually with scores of 78-73-71-72. "So Young has been such a consistent performer for us this year and she really delivered for us when we needed her", said Coach Brown. Erin Selfridge finished 7th overall with scores of 72-79-75-78. The sophomore from Fleming Island, FL was instrumental in this win, as her scores were consistent and she turned her final round around when DSC needed her to. "I had found out that Erin was seven over par through eight holes in the final round and that the team competition was getting a little tight. I went up to Erin and told her I really needed her to grind it out and it was time to step it up and she did just that. She was one under par on the remaining eleven holes", Coach Brown stated. Freshman, Mary Dawson finished third in the line-up for DSC and in a tie for eighth in the tournament. She posted scores of 75-77-77-77. "I'm very proud of Mary and of her scores in the tournament, said Laura Brown, "this was a very impressive showing for a freshman and will help with her confidence heading into next season." Sophomore Megan Garland posted scores of 78-77-77-76 and finished in 10th place individually and rounded out Daytona State's top four players. "These four players were the key to our success all year", stated Brown, "they were my top four all year and proved their strength at the national level. I am so happy for them and proud of their accomplishments. They truly deserve the honor of being National Champions. Sophomore Callie Kitchens rounded out Daytona State's top five with scores of 83-78-82-83.
The Lady Falcons return two players from this group for the 2013-2014 including So Young Hwang and Mary Dawson. Both players earned All-American Honors, with Hwang earning first team honors and Dawson earning second team honors.