Amanda Doherty, a sophomore member of the nationally ranked Florida State women’s golf team, finished in second place in the individual standings at the Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course to open the spring season.
The Seminoles continue their spring season at the Dickson Invitational hosted by the University of Houston at the Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands, Tex., Feb. 26-27.
Your scores improved in every round at the FSU Match-Up. What changes did you make from round to round?
I did not make many changes from round to round, I knew if I stayed patient the birdies would come and I tried to learn from my mistakes.
Your third-round score of 68 was your career best on this course. What was clicking for you in this round compared to the others?
My putting was better in the third round, but all around my game was better.
You recorded 17 birdies during the weekend. Did your results exceed your expectations?
I would not say that my results exceeded my expectations, but I am happy with the way that I played.
Do you think playing on your home course gave you an edge?
I think playing on your home course always gives you an advantage from a course management perspective and knowing the greens well, but at the same time you expect to play well on your home course which makes it even more difficult.
You finished with a career best -8 (eight under par). How can you use this momentum moving forward?
I think that I definitely have some good momentum coming off of this finish, but I still have a lot of things to work on moving forward this spring.
You were very successful on hole 10, recording two birdies and an eagle. How did you play that hole so well?
Hole 10 is a pretty short par five compared to the others on the course, so I was able to hit the green in two each round.
In the second half of the third round, you posted your best stretch of the tournament with a -3 (three under par). Did you make any club or putter changes?
I did not make any changes. I just tried to stay patient the whole round and not force anything, but once you have one birdie, that gives you good confidence and momentum going into the next holes.
It seemed to be cloudy and windy throughout the weekend. Did the weather affect you in any way?
The weather did not affect much. The wind was pretty mild and the weather turned out to be better than expected.
If you had to choose one area to improve on after the tournament, what would it be? I definitely need to keep working on my putting. This is one area of my game that needs the most improvement.
How do you maintain your poise after recording an eagle?
For myself after having an eagle, the most important thing to do is to try and keep the confidence and momentum going, without getting too ahead of myself.