By McCray Sutherlin
LSU alum Tessa Teachman is a four-time Academic All-American who finished her career in purple and gold with a tie for third at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. She is now a full-time member on the Ladies European Tour – and a reality TV star.
This year, Teachman was invited by the Golf Channel to participate in their “Big Break Myrtle Beach” competition. The “Big Break” is a televised series that gives up-and-coming golfers the opportunity to earn their place in PGA and LPGA events. This season took place in Myrtle Beach and premiered on October 7.
DIG had the chance to speak with Teachman and discuss her game, her upcoming television appearance and future plans.
DIG: What was it like competing in the Big Break Myrtle Beach?
TT: Being selected to participate on Big Break Myrtle Beach was awesome. The chance to compete on national television was an awesome experience and a great opportunity. I thoroughly enjoyed the competition and learned a lot about myself as a golfer and person. Big Break puts you in unique situations that truly test your golf skills and mental ability.
DIG: How has Baton Rouge influenced you?
TT: I grew up in Rochester, New York, which has a completely different vibe from the South. I have been in Baton Rouge for almost 10 years now and I definitely consider Baton Rouge and the South my home. Baton Rouge grows on me more each year I am here. I loved attending LSU and of course that has had a huge impact on my life. Much of my fall revolves around football season and I try to go to as many LSU games as possible. Baton Rouge has also spoiled me with great food. There is definitely a sense of calm when I come back to town after traveling around the world for golf.
DIG: Four-time Academic All-American…that’s incredible. How did you balance your time?
TT: This is without doubt one of my proudest accomplishments. It was a goal I set for myself each year and I worked extremely hard to earn it. It took a lot of discipline because I kept a very full plate during college. I wanted to be the best on the golf course and in the classroom. My biggest asset in accomplishing this was being able to prioritize what I needed to do each day. I put in many hours at the course working on my game and then would take my focus from practice to study hall. I really enjoyed my major in advertising, so that helped a lot too.
DIG: What did you think of Myrtle Beach? Did you get a chance to hang out or was it just golf all the time?
TT: Myrtle Beach truly is the golf capitol of the world. There are great golf courses everywhere! We had the opportunity to see some great golf holes. We spent a majority of our time on the course, and when we weren’t filing we were trying to sneak a nap in. We had very strict schedules while filming but occasionally we did get to do some fun things around the city. There is a great boardwalk and many activities surrounding the beach.
DIG: Have you considered LPGA Q-School ?
TT: I went to the Ladies European Tour Q-School in 2013 and earned full status on the tour for 2014. I have attempted LPGA Q-School three times and my ultimate goal is to have full status on the LPGA Tour.