Tessa Teachman has done something that not many golfers can claim: She's won high school state championships in two different states. Given that you have to be attending high school in a given state to play in that state's high school championship tournament, there aren't many golfers out there who've won in different states. But Tessa won the New York high school championship in 2004 and then the Louisiana state championship in 2007.
Beginning Oct. 7, we'll get to watch Teachman as a cast member on Big Break Myrtle Beach; that's the date the new series begins airing on the Golf Channel. Teachman is one of six women, along with six men, who make up the cast.
After high school Tessa played collegiately at Louisiana State University. She made the National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar team three consecutive years (2010-12). A wrist injury bothered her all four years in college, but she managed to finish third in the NCAA individual championship in 2012.
She turned pro in 2013 and posted a victory on the Suncoast Series. In 2014 she has full status on the Ladies European Tour, earned with a 10th-place finish at Q-School. Despite that, Tessa has been able to play only two LET tournaments this year. Why? As for many young women golfers, sponsorship dollars are tough to come by, and with the higher expenses of travel to Europe for the LET, Tessa simply hasn't had the financial opportunities to play overseas much this year.
Hopefully the exposure she'll get on Big Break Myrtle Beach will help change that. (And hopefully the same is true for the other cast members, too.) Any potential sponsors out there who'd like to touch base with Tessa can make initial contact via her Facebook page or on Twitter.