DAYTONA DYNASTY: DSC women’s golf team wins 9th championship in 13 years

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By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

BRASELTON, Ga. – After teeing off for four days at the Chateau de Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga, Daytona State College claimed its ninth title in 13 seasons at the NJCAA Women’s Golf National Championships.

Under the direction of Head Coach Laura Brown, the Falcons scored 1191 over four rounds to finish 55 over par, besting their closest competition by 14 strokes. 

It is this kind of championship pedigree that conjures up thoughts of America's greatest championship sports teams -- college and pro. Dynasties such as the UCLA men's basketball, the University of Connecticut Women's basketball,  the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens and on and on. And nobody is happier about the DSC women's golf championship than the president of the college. 

“This is a tremendous win for Coach Brown and her team,” DSC President Thomas LoBasso said. “Our women’s golf program has become a dominant force in the NJCAA on and off the course. We’re very proud to add another national championship to the program’s credentials as well as another year of success in the classroom.”

DSC President Tom Lobasso happy women's golf team won championship / Headline SurferIt is this kind of championship pedigree that conjures up thoughts of America's greatest championship sports teams -- college and pro. Dynasties such as the UCLA men's basketball, the University of Connecticut Women's basketball,  the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens and on and on. 

And nobody is happier about the DSC women's golf championship than the president of the college. 

“This is a tremendous win for Coach Brown and her team,” DSC President Thomas LoBasso said.

“Our women’s golf program has become a dominant force in the NJCAA on and off the course. We’re very proud to add another national championship to the program’s credentials as well as another year of success in the classroom.”

How they won yet again

Freshmen Grace St-Germain (Ontario, Canada) and Jiwon Jeon (South Korea) led the Falcons, posting the team’s lowest scores at 295 (+11) each to finish in a tie for third place overall. St-Germain recorded the lowest round of the entire tournament on Wednesday, posting four birdies to finish at 68 (-3).

Freshman Kendall Johnson (Plant City, Florida) and sophomore Kaye Kwon (South Korea) also finished in the top ten. Both Falcons shot 75 in the final round, leaving Johnson tied for sixth at 299 (+15) and Kwon tied for eighth at 302 (+18). Sophomore Katie Veale (Orlando, Florida) rounded out the Falcons’ five-person competition team in a tie for 32nd place with a 329 (+45). 

Outside of the team challenge, sophomore Cam Becker (Orlando, Fla.) excelled as an individual in the competition, finishing in 45th place overall with a score of 331 (+47).

Becker and Kaye are both transferring on to the University of North Florida in the fall. St-Germaine, Johnson and Jeon will all return for their sophomore seasons at Daytona State, after which St-Germain has committed to the University of Arkansas and Jeon will head to the University of Alabama in the fall of 2018.

Brown said what really impressed her this week and throughout the year was that the top four golfers were so consistent.

“Even if they had a bad round they posted a decent number that kept us a little better than the other team. It was a grueling four days, the course was tough, it was hot and the pace was slow, but they stayed really focused and got the job done," Brown said.

"We are excited to be national champions.”

DSC women's golf coach Laura Brown / Headline SurferDSC women's golf coach Laura Brown said what really impressed her this week and throughout the year was how the top four golfers were so consistent.

“Even if they had a bad round they posted a decent number that kept us a little better than the other team. It was a grueling four days, the course was tough, it was hot and the pace was slow, but they stayed really focused and got the job done," Brown said.

"We are excited to be national champions.”

Will Dunne, Daytona State’s athletics director, believes much of the team’s success can be attributed to Coach Brown, a former LPGA tour card holder and New Smyrna Beach native.

Over her 19 seasons at Daytona State, Brown has coached 72 All-Americans, six NJCAA Individual National Champions and one future Olympian. 

“Coach Brown is a great leader, as she’s proven yet again this year by coaching such great performances from her team,” Dunne, said.

He added, “All of our Lady Falcons put in a great effort. We’re looking forward to our returning sophomores coming back this fall so we can continue the high level of competition this program is known for.”

DSC AD Will Dunne / Headline SurferWill Dunne, Daytona State’s athletics director, believes much of the team’s success can be attributed to Coach Brown, a former LPGA tour card holder and New Smyrna Beach native.

Over her 19 seasons at Daytona State, Brown has coached 72 All-Americans, six NJCAA Individual National Champions and one future Olympian. 

“Coach Brown is a great leader, as she’s proven yet again this year by coaching such great performances from her team,” Dunne said.

He added, “All of our Lady Falcons put in a great effort. We’re looking forward to our returning sophomores coming back this fall so we can continue the high level of competition this program is known for.”

DSC women's golf players excel in classroom, too

In addition to their successes on the course, the Falcon women’s golf team also excels in the classroom. Over the last 10 years, Daytona State has earned six FCSAA Female Academic Team of the Year awards and four NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year awards.

Although grades are still out for the spring semester, the Falcons are on track for a repeat of both academic titles this year after putting up a 3.94 team GPA in the fall of 2016, which was their best to date.

FAST FACTS: DSC athletic achievement on and off field of play

Daytona State Falcon athletics carries a winning tradition in both competition and academics. Falcon teams consistently earn state and national recognition for their academic achievement. Consider the following: 
• Over 90 percent of DSC student-athlete graduates transfer to a university with full or partial athletic scholarships.
• Daytona State currently boasts 161 student-athletes and 121 athletic scholarships in eight varsity sports including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s golf, fast-pitch softball, baseball and volleyball.
• DSC offers an all-around sports complex, including the L. Gale Lemerand Health, Wellness and Community Education Center, an indoor pool, two top-notch playing fields and a field house. 

DID YOU KNOW?

The Daytona State women's gold team has a rich winning tradition with nine championships in 13 seasons, making it a dynasty. Consider other dynasties in team sports, college and pro:

University of Connecticut women's basketball - 2000-present (need to update)
Led by Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma, the Huskies won six national titles, including three in a row from 2002 to 2004, had three unbeaten seasons and two record-breaking winning streaks for women's basketball -- 70 in a row from 2001 to '03 and the current 78-game run dating from 2008.
Source: Hartford Courant
University of Tennessee women's basketball - 1990-1999
The women's college basketball team of the '90s with four titles, including three in a row from 1996 to '98, one unbeaten season and a 310-39 record under Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt.
UCLA men's basketball - 1963-1975
John Wooden, the "Wizard of Westwood," made the Bruins a household name, winning 88 games from 1971 to '74 and 10 NCAA titles in 12 years.
North Carolina women's soccer - 1979-1999
Coach Anson Dorrance's numbers: 442-17-11 record with 15 national championships. The Tar Heels won 92 in a row from 1990 to '94.
Penn State women's volleyball - 2000-2010
Record of 322-36, including 109 wins in a row, and three consecutive national titles, 2007-'09. 
Trinity men's squash - 1998-Present
Coached by Paul Assaiante, the Bantams finished the 2017 season with a 19-1 record, and their 16th Potter trophy in the last 19 seasons. The Bantams won the title each year from 1999 to 2011 and again in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Southern Cal college baseball - 1970-1974
Five consecutive College World Series titles.
Michigan men's hockey - 1948-1956
Six NCAA hockey titles in nine years.
• Iowa men's wrestling - 1978-1997
Dan Gable's wrestlers won nine consecutive NCAA team titles, twice winning three in a row.
• Notre Dame football - 1919-1930
Six championships and a winning percentage of nearly .900 in 12 seasons.
Oklahoma football - 1971-1975 (need to update)
Oklahoma football - 1953-'58
Led by Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma was 60-3-1 in those six seasons. From 1953 to '57, the Sooners won an NCAA-record 47 consecutive games and two national championships.
University of Miami football - 1983-1992
Four national titles - 1983, '87, '89, '91 - and 58 consecutive home victories in that span.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For more information on Falcon athletics, visit DSCFalcons.com.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.