When looking for an example of a player who epitomizes all the qualities of a great teammate, the Florida State Women’s Golf program looks no further than Lexie Flerlage. One of four seniors, Flerlage joined the Seminoles in the Spring of 2015. Since her arrival, she has made her teammates better both on and off the course.
A native of Venice, Fla., Flerlage selected Florida State over Florida, Stetson, and Florida Gulf Coast.
Flerlage attributed her decision to attend Florida State on how welcome she was made to feel during her first visit to campus. Those same feelings translated over when she joined the golf team. She was nervous at first, but credits her coaches with making her transition to a student-athlete a smooth one.
“I think my biggest thanks goes to the coaches for taking the chance on a walk-on halfway through the year,” said Flerlage. “I was very appreciative of the coaches for accepting me. They helped me become more relaxed and open to the sport of the golf and have taught me techniques of how to get better.”
For her teammates, Flerlage has nothing but praise.
Throughout her four years at Florida State, her bond with her teammates has grown stronger each year. She attributes this to the fact that golf is a smaller team, which has allowed her to get to know each of her teammates.
Coining the term, “elite sorority,” Flerlage feels honored and privileged to be a part of the Florida State Women’s Golf community.
“I think we all really do understand and appreciate the opportunity that we have been given from the coaches and the university,” said Flerlage. “I really love each and every one of my teammates. We all have our bad days and good days, but I think seeing them every day makes it easier to get through some of the rigor of it all.”
During her career at Florida State, Flerlage stood out with her positive attitude and tremendous work ethic. The combined individual and team effort is something that Flerlage loves about the sport of golf. She enjoys the sense of both independence and sisterhood she has gotten from the game.
Those around her have seen her grow and praise her high level of discipline to improve her own game, while also being a great teammate to her fellow Seminoles.
Seminole head coach Amy Bond saw just that in Flerlage when taking her on as a walk-on in Spring 2015.
“Lexie has been a great member of our team for these four years,” said Bond. “She has been a tremendously hard worker and a great teammate. Lexie came to practice every day with a smile on her face and ready to work. She will be missed.”
Upon Flerlage’s arrival, her teammates saw exactly what their head coach did.
Flerlage credits her teammates with bringing out the best in her, making her comfortable right from the start. They, too, felt that she brought out the best in all of them with her uplifting attitude around the clubhouse and her willingness to work every day.
“Lexie is such a great person,” said fellow-senior and teammate Kim Metraux. “She’s always positive and always cheering for everybody on our team. It’s been great to have her as a teammate and to have the opportunity to see her grow tremendously as a person and as a player. She is always there for us and is definitely a true Seminole.”
With her time in Tallahassee coming to an end, Flerlage is looking to the future. She will graduate with a degree in Real Estate and is undecided on whether or not to pursue a master’s degree. With one year of eligibility remaining, Flerlage has thoughts of continuing her collegiate golf career, but has yet to make that decision. Her ultimate goal is to obtain her real estate license and work in her hometown of Venice, Fla.
During her time at Florida State, Flerlage has epitomized what it means to be a true Seminole. She has excelled throughout her career both on and off the golf course, impacting all who she came into contact with.
Flerlage will definitely be missed by the entire Florida State Women’s Golf community, as she has been a shining presence within it. If her time in Tallahassee is any indication of what her future holds, she has a lot to look forward to.
“Florida State is obviously the best ever,” said Flerlage. “I think it’s important to have fun with the whole experience. I didn’t believe anyone when they said this would go by so fast. It’s just hitting that I only have a little bit of time left so it’s definitely bittersweet.”
Flerlage will be remembered by her coaches, her teammates and everyone else she has come into contact with for her incredibly giving spirit. She has as certainly showcased what it means to be a true Seminole and will continue to do so as she moves forward in her career.