September 18, 2016 – Daytona Beach, FL: 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 team scores of 297-292 (589), the Lady Falcons won the tournament by 14 shots over second place Florida Tech University (603) and finished 19 strokes ahead of Seminole State College (608) who finished 3rd. Florida Southern College (617) and Florida Atlantic University (628) rounded out the top five.
The Falcons were led by tournament medalist Jiwon Jeon, a freshman from South Korea, who shot scores of 72-70. Grace St-Germain, also a freshman from Ontario, Canada finished in second place with scores of 72-73 and freshman Kendall Johnson, finished in 4th place with scores of 74-72. Other finishers for the Falcons included sophomores Claire Becker who finished in a tie for 10th with scores of 79-74, Kaye Kwon who finished in a tie for 18th with scores of 79-77 and Cristine Lee who finished in a tie for 36th with scores of 80-86.
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 great 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 Jiwon win her first event individually was impressive and the performance my freshmen gave in their first collegiate event was fantastic. 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.
The Lady Falcons return to competition September 23-25, as they are set to compete in the Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University in Greenville, SC.