The Seminole State College of Florida women’s golf team shot 306-296-304-299 to finish runner-up at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NCJAA) Women’s Golf Championship at the Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Georgia.
All five Seminole State players placed within the top 20. Sophomore Roanna Tomlinson was the highest placing Raider with a score of 295, tying her for third place individually and contributing to the Raiders’ 1205 team score that placed second. Following Tomlinson was freshman Tuan-Yu Chiang (T8th), sophomore Sarah Harrison (10th), freshman Alex Naumovski (T13th) and sophomore Kayla Poff (18th).
The Daytona State College Falcons took home the trophy with their ninth title since 2003, beating the Raiders by 14 strokes.
“We really thought we could win, but we needed to make more putts,” says Head Coach Christa Teno. “At the start of the year, everyone thought Daytona would blow us away. It didn’t happen because this team got so much better and for that, I am super proud.”
Teno was inducted into the NJCAA Women’s Golf Hall of Fame. The Tecumseh, Ontario, native was formally bestowed the honor at the main tournament banquet of the NJCAA Golf Championship Sunday, May 14.
“It’s a great honor for me and Seminole State,” says Teno. “I still feel like I am just starting to figure things out, so I still have many goals I’ve not yet reached.”
Teno helped launch Seminole State’s golf program in 2007. The following season she led the Raiders to a No. 4 national finish, which foreshadowed a decade of success, prestige and national recognition for the college’s golf program. During her current 10-year tenure as head coach, Teno steered the team to a surplus of top-five national finishes and the team’s first-ever national title in 2015.
“Teno is a hall of fame coach,” says Athletic Director Kurt Esser. “That’s obvious from the program she has built here at Seminole State. But more importantly, she is a hall of fame person. She cares about our student-athletes and preparing them for their next step in life.”
Elite status is nothing new to the decorated golf professional. She was inducted into the Windos/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in Canada in 2010 and was named the Ladies Professional Golfers Association’s (LPGA) Southeast Section Coach of the Year in 2012.
Her career highlights include:
Teno has over 40 years of golf experience and more than 25 years of teaching experience. She serves as the vice president of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, where she promotes intercollegiate golf as an integral part of the total two-year college educational program. Her passion for student success on and off the golf course and her many accolades in the profession of golf earned her a hall of fame appointment and will be remembered throughout Seminole State and NJCAA history for years to come.
The Seminole State Raider Athletics Department was established in 1965. The Raiders compete in three NJCAA Division I sports: baseball, softball and women’s golf. For more information, visit seminolestateraiders.com, follow Raider Athletics on Twitter @buildingRaiders and on Facebook. Fans can also follow the Raider Women's Golf team on Facebook.
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