OSU's Telles With High Expectations
By Carina Dominguez
As a freshman she finished third at state, tied for second her sophomore year, placed sixth her junior year and clinched the state championship her senior year.
"It was just like 'Finally!' I had finally accomplished my goal I had had for four years," Oregon State sophomore golfer Seshia Telles recalled on her sinking the birdie putt on the last hole to win the state title in 2010.
Telles also made first team all-state, first team all-league and was the Pac-6 district champion all four years of high school. These early successes added to her drive to become the best. She explained how her dad made her and her siblings so driven.
"He told us that in every sport you should be the best. Why would you play the sport unless you want to be the best at it?" Telles said.
Being the best is what Telles strives for and has accomplished in her young career. Last year, she made OSU history with the lowest scoring average by a freshman, 75.81.
Coach Risë Alexander admitted that over her 24 years of coaching, she has never had a player with so much dedication.
Her summer in 2010 was spent preparing to compete at the collegiate level. Telles played in women's tournaments because she was too old for the juniors. The last month, Telles was practicing two to four hours every day, some days even five to six.
"I was really nervous going into my freshman year. It was all very new to me," Telles said. "I knew at the collegiate level every player out there was a good player."
She led the team with her scoring average and played in all 11 tournaments her freshman year, finishing in the top-10 three times. She also made an appearance at the Pac-10 Championship where she tied for 22nd. She has many more goals to accomplish over the next three years.
"I want to make it to regionals. If our team doesn't make it, I want to go as an individual. I want to be in the (NCAA) tournament, obviously, and I want to be an all-American," Telles said.
Because golf tournaments are all day events and usually two to three days, student-athletes are forced to miss classes. Telles says it's difficult but manageable.
"You have to balance time really well," Telles said. "On the road we're studying all the time. When we're back home I try to find as much free time as possible."