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Stupples Motivates Seminole Golfers
Release: 09/24/2013
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Sept. 24, 2013

by Layne Herdt (@LayneHerdt)

It's not often a collegiate golfer has the opportunity to get advice from a major championship winner, but the Florida State women's golf team had that chance a couple of weeks ago.

"It's exciting to see her career grow over the years," Florida state women's golf coach Amy Bond said. "Now to have her come back as a major win and talk to the girls is something most programs don't have the opportunity to do."

Former Seminole golfer Karen Stupples was in town to be inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame and took the time to share her experiences with the team.

"In many respects I have FSU to thank for the fact that I was on the LPGA in the first place," FSU Hall of Famer Karen Stupples said. "Of course being on there, winning a major, winning some events that's just gravy in relation. I've had a great life, a great career and I'm really happy about how things have gone obviously and I'm incredibly lucky and blessed by it."

Stupples has three career wins including the 2004 Women's British Open giving her plenty of credibility with the players.

"I think it just makes the traditions of Florida State that much more palpable for all of us," junior Alex Milan said. "To have a player come back and return who's had tremendous success and be able to learn from her is just really cool."

"Winning a major required very strong skills," junior Laure Catelain said. "You can learn a lot from her so I guess we're all going to listen very carefully to what she is saying."

Not only did Stupples talk about golf, but off the course priorities as well.

"If I could go back in time there are some things that I would like to do differently," Stupples said. "Just enjoy it, have a lot of fun doing it. Play hard and work hard and come out here with your head held high knowing that you did everything because the real world outside of this is not quite the same. This really is the best time of your life."

Advice the Seminoles should soak up while they can.

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