May 9, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. (seminoles.com) - All too often the first part of "student-athlete" is forgotten. Some choose to focus on their athletic career in hopes of the lofty goal of playing professionally in their chosen sport.
For Alex Milan, a sophomore member of the Seminole women's golf team, the act of juggling classes, practice and competition has come naturally.
As a graduate of Steinbrenner High School, Milan was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society. To continue with her academic success, Milan finished her high school career with a perfect unweighted grade point average of 4.0 and was named valedictorian of her 2011 graduation class.
"It's definitely really difficult," Milan said. "I know personally it's been a really rigorous semester of course work. I'm almost finished with my first degree. It's been a struggle this semester to stay on top of everything and still get to everything I need to accomplish on the golf course."
Although it has not been easy, Milan still manages to excel in the classroom. She was named to the 2012 ACC Academic Honor Roll and has found a way to succeed off the golf course as well as on it. A life-long athlete, Milan gravitated towards golf early during her athletic career.
"Golf always presented a really fun challenge for me," said Milan. "Being out on the golf course, hitting golf balls, it has always been fun for mer. I was like, `if I love it this much, this is probably what I need to be doing.'"
Since arriving in Tallahassee, the Lutz, Fla. native has helped the Seminoles reach two NCAA Tournaments. The Seminoles are currently competing in the NCAA West Regional Championship.
During her first career tournament, Milan finished in a tie for 26th place at the Susie Maxwell Berning tournament at the University of Oklahoma.
"It was a really nice feeling, especially on a team where we have a lot of talent each and every year," Milan said on her first tournament. "Hopefully going forward I can be an even bigger player on this team."
Milan furthered her success in her second year as a Seminole, earning two top 15 finishes this spring at the Florida Challenge and the Florida State Match-Up. Her top finish came at the Florida Challenge, a two round tournament where she shot two above par and finished in a tie for third in the individual standings.
"Those tournaments were a big deal to me personally," said Milan on the two top 15 finishes. "I had been working through a lot of different things. To be able to come out and have two really solid tournaments and believe in myself was really big for me."
Hoping to continue that success, Milan and the rest of the Florida State women's golf are currently at Stanford University for the NCAA West Regional being played in California from May 9-11. With the help from close friends and family, Milan is set to compete out west.
"My parents have come out [to the tournament] for support," said Milan. "I have some family in the area. I'm really looking forward to it. Even though it's going across the country, I still have some great support out here playing."
Milan has certainly had the support from her family throughout her career on the golf course and in the class room and she will put her golf skills on display on a national stage in the 2013 NCAA Championship tournament.
By Ryan Syrkus Florida State Sports Information