Geandra Almeida served as an assistant under director of golf Lee John Maupin last season when the women’s golf team made history by reaching the quarterfinals in their first appearance at the NCAA DII National Tournament.
She was promoted to women’s head coach shortly after the end of the 2021-22 season. Almeida, an All-American as a first-team member of Lady Flames Golf (2017), said, “I feel like we can do even better this year, with a more mature team that now believes that she can achieve great things together through difficult endeavors. work and commitment.
Only one player is officially missing as the Lady Flames begin work for the fall season opener on September 1.
12, but it’s All-American Alex Naumovski. “We lost our best player from last year but added her as a graduate assistant coach,” explained the coach. “Alex was a phenomenal team player, and I’m confident her experience will help our entire team become more competitive than ever.”
Almeida will take over a program that has six returning golfers, including a pair of players, Emily Felix and Carson McKie, who got an extra year due to the shortened (2021-22) COVID-19 season.
Coach Almeida took the time to talk about each of the returnees:
“Carson McKie is very determined, works very hard and always pushes herself to be a more consistent player. She is also very caring and always encourages her teammates.
“Emily Felix is one of the most talented players I have ever worked with. She is a very strong player and a great leader for our team. She is also very committed to our goals and works very hard.
“Supuschaya Srichantamit has been playing very regularly for us since his first year. She is so talented and her work ethic is amazing. She is always looking for ways to improve her performance. She is also very determined and fights for our team until the very last blow.
“Lily Bloodworth had a very good first year. She qualified for all the events we participated in last year. She works extremely hard and her competitive spirit amazes me. She is never satisfied with her performance and is a very consistent player, I also like the energy she brings to the team.
“Emily Ritchie is one of the most competitive players I know and has worked very hard to get back into the top 5. She also has a very strong work ethic and is very determined to continue to improve and become a more regular player.
“Jadepreeya Jademongkolrat is determined to be more competitive this season. She is very coachable and always ready to work hard.
Hannah Nall is the only rookie added to the roster. A local player, Nall had an outstanding career at Cleveland High School. “She is extremely talented and I’m sure she will have an immediate impact on our team,” noted the coach.
Almeida said: “I look to Felix and McKie for their leadership in the team. These are not only our best players, but also fifth-year seniors with national championship appearances. I’m sure their experience combined with their strong work ethic will be key to our success this season.
The first-year head coach stressed that she wants her team to play in the strongest tournaments possible this fall. “I really believe that if we want to be successful, we have to constantly play against the best teams in the country. Our main goal is to prepare for a very competitive spring season.
The Lady Flames open the season Sept. 12 in Carmel, Indiana at the UIndy Fall Invitational, an event hosted by the University of Indianapolis. On September 26-27, the Lady Flames will host The City with Spirit Fall Classic at Cleveland Country Club and will be joined by West Florida, West Georgia, Shorter, Lander, Montevallo, Carson Newman, North Georgia, Columbus State, Limestone, Lincoln Memorial, Anderson and Union.
The game continues on October 10 when Coach Almeida takes his team to Dahlonega, Georgia to participate in the LeeAnn Noble Memorial, hosted by the University of North Georgia. The Lady Flames will close out the fall season by playing the Legends Invitational (Bradenton, Fla.), hosted by Rollins College from October 31-November 1. “It will be a very strong event and we will be able to play against the top ranked teams in the country,” said coach Almeida.
After a short break, the Lady Flames will return to work with the Lee Sports Performance team. “Our team workouts are planned by our amazing sports performance team. The girls have workouts twice a week during the season and will continue throughout the offseason,” the coach pointed out.