August 01, 2012

Women's Florida Team Selected

Twelve ladies to represent Florida in the inaugural Women's Southeastern Challenge Matches

The Team Roster has been announced for the 2012 Women’s Southeastern Challenge Matches!  The inaugural matches will be held at the Country Club of Ocala on August 13th-14th.  The format for the Championship will include two matches on Monday: morning four-ball matches and afternoon foursome (alternate shot)matches. The second day will consist of 12 total single matches, with a player from each association in each match competing against one another (three-ball match). The FSGA selects a twelve (12) player team to represent Florida in this competition against Georgia and Alabama consisting of four (4) Women Senior Amateurs (50 and older) and eight (8) other women of which no more than two (2) junior players of age 17 and under.  The team selections include:

Marie Arnoux
Tama Caldabaugh
Lynda Case
Wendi Golden
Mary Jane Hiestand
Diane Lang
Samantha Marks
Lin McMillan
Kristine Odaiyar
Ericka Schneider
Meghan Stasi
Tovie St. Louis

Florida Women's Team Bios

Marie Arnoux, Miami Beach

  • 2012 Florida Women’s Amateur Runner-Up
  • Advanced to Round of 16 Matches in 2011 Ione D. Jones/ Doherty Championship
  • 2009 French Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion

Tama Caldabaugh, Ponte Vedra Beach

  • Placed top 20 in 2012 Florida Women’s Stroke Play Championship
  • US Women’s Mid-Amateur Participant (2006 & 2009); advanced to match play in 2009

Lynda Case, Fort Myers

  • 2012 Florida Women’s Senior Amateur Champion
  • 1982 Florida Women’s Amateur Champion

Wendi Golden, Bradenton

  • US Women’s Mid-Amateur Participant (’09-’11)
  • 2009 US Women’s Mid-Amateur Quarterfinalist
  • 2011 Florida Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Champion (partners with Ericka Schneider)
  • Represented Florida in the 2011 USGA Women’s State Team Championship

Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples

  • US Women’s Mid-Amateur participant (2003-2010)
  • US Women’s Senior Amateur participant (2009-2011) 
  • 2011 US Women’s Senior Amateur Quarterfinalist
  • 2007 Florida Women’s Amateur Champion

Diane Lang, Weston

  • Three-time US Women’s Senior Amateur Champion (2005, 2006, & 2008)
  • Three-time Florida Women’s Senior Amateur Champion (2006, 2010, & 2011)

Samantha Marks, Maitland

  • 2012 Florida Women’s Amateur Semi-finalist
  • 2012 US Women’s Open Participant
  • 2012 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions Participant
  • Tied for 10th in 2012 Dixie Women’s Amateur
  • Will be playing for the University of North Carolina in fall 2012

Lin McMillan, Palm Coast

  • 2012 US Women’s Amateur Public Links Participant
  • Advanced to Round of 16 Matches in the 2012 Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Semi-finalist in the 2012  Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship (Senior Division)

Kristine Odaiyar, Ocala

  • 2012 Florida Women’s Amateur Stroke Play (T2nd)
  • Advanced to Round of 16 Matches in 2012 US Women’s Amateur Public Links
  • 2012 US Girls’ Junior Championship Participant
  • Two-time 2012 Florida Junior Tour Event Champion

Ericka Schneider, Bradenton

  • 2012 Florida Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Champion
  • 2011 Florida Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Champion (partners with Wendi Golden)
  • Helped lead Daytona State College win NJCAA National Championship Titles (2010 & 2011)
  • Rising senior at Ole Miss this fall 2012

Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park

  • Three-time US Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion (2006, 2007, & 2010)
  • 2008 USA Curtis Cup Team Member
  • Two-time Florida Women’s Amateur Champion (2010 & 2012)
  • 2012 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur Champion
  • Represented Florida in the 2011 USGA Women’s State Team Championship

Tovie St. Louis, West Palm Beach

  • 2012 Florida Women’s Amateur Quarter-finalist
  • Placed top 5 in the 2012 Florida Women’s Stroke Play Championship
  • Represented Florida in the 2011 USGA Women’s State Team Championship

Florida Captain Bios

Meghan Martinek: Co-Captain, Tampa

  • Director of Women’s Golf
  • Raised in Tempe, Arizona before she attended Boston College and played on the Women’s Golf Team for four years
  • Has competed in the US Women’s Amateur and US WAPL
  • Loves football, cooking, and owns a saltwater aquarium with her boyfriend!

Tracy Dachisen: Co-Captain, Tampa

  • Director of Volunteers
  • Originally from New Jersey before she moved to Tampa to play golf for the USF Women’s team for four years
  • Played on the Futures Tour following college
  • Her seven year old son, Peter, wants to be a WWE superstar!

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