Golf - Lady Falcon News
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.