The Seminole State College Raider women's golf team sees another trip to nationals in its future. Last year, the team finished sixth at the NJCAA National Golf Championship. This year, it hopes to improve to a top-three finish.
"We have some really good players in our lineup this year," says Christa Teno, the Raiders' fourth-year head coach. "They have the talent, and they're willing to do whatever it takes to get to the next level."
Teno, a former LPGA Tour player and a member of the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame, says her players' greatest collective strength is their flexibility.
"They don't second guess what we're trying to accomplish individually or as a team," she says. "They are completely dedicated to learning and improving, which will make a big difference in the outcome of our season."
The Raiders' 2010-11 roster offers a perfect combination of talent, experience and enthusiasm, Teno says.
Returners Breanna White, Kalin Merkley and Kristin Galek bring skill and leadership to the team, while newcomers Caitlin Winters, Elia Folch Sola, Kiley Mettler and Lauren Shuford boast considerable potential and athleticism.
So far, the team has a sixth-place finish and an 11th-place finish in the books, scoring 651 (334-317) at the Daytona State College Lady Falcons Invitational on Sept. 26, and 653 (320-333) at the Nova Southeastern University Shark Invitational on Oct. 12. Folch Sola, a freshman from Barcelona, Spain, finished tied for third individually at Daytona with a score of 147 (76-71) and 16th at Nova with a score of 153 (74-79).
"Most of these players are experiencing their first few rounds of college golf," Teno says. "There are going to be some growing pains, but this is a group that can overcome adversity. They work hard every day to improve their game, and that's all I can really ask for."
Next up for the Raiders is the St. Leo University Invitational, taking place Oct. 16-18 at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City. For more information, please visit the Raider women's golf home page.