April 18, 2013
Malin Jansson, a senior member of the Seminoles women's golf team, has certainly proven that change can be very, very good.
After enjoying two strong years at Western Carolina, Jansson knew she had to make a change to help her continue her upward progression in her beloved sport of golf. She was forced to make a difficult decision: stay at Western Carolina where she had earned success and grown very comfortable with her teammates, the coaching staff and her academic progress or transfer to Florida State where would be given more opportunities to accelerate her progression both on the course and in the class room.
She packed her bags and loaded her clubs into her car and headed south to begin her career as a Seminole.
"I enjoyed all my time I had at Western Carolina," Jansson said. "All the girls were really nice, being a member of the team was great and the coach was nice, but they didn't have the resources I was looking for. They had snow and you can't even compare to the practice facilities we have [at Florida State]. I wanted to get better."
Despite the challenges at Western Carolina, Jansson was a top member of the team and excelled on the course. In only her second career tournament, the Nykvarn, Sweden native finished in a tie for first place in the individual standings at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. She displayed her outstanding abilities as she carded her career best single round score of 69 and finished the rain shortened event at three-under par.
"For me, it doesn't matter whether it's the first tournament or the last in my college career," said Jansson. "I want to finish as well as I can. Of course it my play in that event was a positive. It was a good start to my college career."
Jansson was recognized for her success at Western Carolina as she was named to both the 2010 Southern Conference All-Freshman team and the 2011 All-Southern Conference Team.
It was after her second season as a Catamount, that the coaching staff at Western Carolina contacted Florida State to discuss Jansson transferring to become a Seminole. She had made such an impression on the Western Carolina staff that they wanted Jansson to have more than they could offer including better facilities, better weather and the ability to significantly improve her game and realize her cream of becoming a professional golfer.
"It's great when kids come over and want to finish their career at Florida State," Said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond. "We don't deal with transfers that often so when Malin's coach called and said `Hey, this is a really good kid...are you interested,' I said `Absolutely.' We're always looking for kids who work hard and have the ability to be big contributors to the team so Malin was an easy yes. She has played a vital role in our program for the last two years."
Jansson's success at her previous school has also made the transfer to Florida State easy as Jansson had a career best tournament in Spring 2012 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic. Jansson finished at 1 under par and finished in a tie for fourth in the individual standings.
"I'm really proud of my performance in that tournament," Jansson said. "I was consistent. I was calm the entire tournament and I had a good finish."
"She did well. The English Turn Golf and Country Club is a tough golf course. She managed to work her way around the golf course with relative ease. Her ability to play consistently and easily makes it easy on everybody when they can maneuver their way around the golf course and have tap in pars or even tap in birdies. You want your players to play well in tournament situations. They practice week in and week out in order to get better. It's nice to be able to watch them in competition and actually get better at the things they work on and shoot the numbers that we feel they should shoot."
Jansson leads by example in more ways than one. She has been successful off of the course at Florida State as she was named to the All-American Scholar-Athlete team by the National Golf Coaches' Association in 2010 and 2011 and the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2012 which illustrates her desire to be a well-rounded person.
Jansson, who will graduate in May with a degree in psychology, is busy giving everything she has to her team as the Seminoles work their way toward earning their school record eighth consecutive bid to the NCAA Women's Golf Tournament.
Anything less than giving 100 percent in order to achieve her goals is not the way Jansson was raised.
"For me, it's always been very important to do well in school, too," Jansson. "I don't do anything fifty percent. Everything I do, I do it one hundred percent; It doesn't matter if it's golf, or workouts, or school."
In earning success at both Western Carolina and Florida State, Jansson has proven that change can be very, very good.
By Ryan Syrkus Florida State Sports Information