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Erika Salinas leads Panthers golf to state championship

Female Athlete of the Year 2009 Erika Salinas.

She led the City College Panthers to their first women’s golf state championship,
a Nor-Cal Championship and a Big-8 Conference Championship last season.
The Big-8 named her a member of the All-Big-8 Conference Team. She is a Nor-Cal Medalist and a State Medalist for the second consecutive year.

This successful golfer is City College’s Erika Salinas, the 20-year-old who was first introduced to the game at the age of 6 by her father. She was awarded the 2009-2010 City College Female Athlete of the Year award.

“Winning Female Athlete of the Year was a great accomplishment for me, and a great honor.” says Salinas. Salinas led the Panthers as the 2009 Desert Classic Tournament Champions, the Suttertown Classic Champions, and the Santa Barbara Classic Tournament Champions.

She is also currently third in the history of City College women’s golf with an individual best score of 71. She set new school records with teammates Kayla Riede, Michelle Bello, and Elisse Van Deusen for best team score with a 290.

All of Salinas’ accomplishments enabled her to be granted the Female Athlete of the Year award for 2009-2010, an award she says she feels honored to receive.
Salinas’s teammate of two years, Kristin Madsen, says Salinas succeeded because of her work ethic and determination to excel, all while having a good time.
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“She’s funny and smart and a great teammate,” Madsen says. “She is very competitive and takes golf very serious, but always knows how to have a good time.”

Madsen says that Salinas has the potential to go all the way to the LPGA Tour if she has her mind set to do so, which is just what Salinas intends on doing.
Salinas divides her time between school and golf. This gives her little time for anything else she says, which is why she doesn’t play any other sports competitively.

Coach Tim Kiernan, Salinas’s golf coach for the last two years, says that Salinasis a successful golfer due to her natural athletic ability. Kiernan says that it takes a good athlete to make a successful golfer.

“A good athlete is someone who has the physical ability,” Coach Kiernan says. “She [Salinas] is a good athlete.” Salinas says the team’s success last year was due to the team chemistry and its desire to accomplish the same goal. She believes her personal success was due to the fact that she only had one goal in mind: to win the state championship.

Salinas says that she loves the game of golf and the fact that she has been able to share that joy with her father during her golf career has made it so much more enjoyable.

“The fact that I can be spending time with someone I love doing something I love is the greatest feeling, and that is why I have stuck with it for so long,” Salinas says.

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