CHARLESTON, S.C. (seminoles.com) — Freshman Beatrice Wallin is in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings, and the 15th ranked Florida State Women’s Golf Team is in a tie for ninth place in the team standings as the first round of the 2018 Cougar Classic at the Yeamans Hall Club was suspended due to weather. Each of the five Seminoles in the event completed 12 of the 18 holes scheduled to be played while seven of the 19 teams finished play in the first of three scheduled rounds.
Florida State will finish its first round Monday morning beginning at 8:00 a.m. The second round is scheduled to begin immediately after the conclusion of round one with an estimated starting time of 9:30 a.m.
Florida, which completed its play in the weather-delayed round, leads the team standings with a 10-under par team score of 278. Gator junior Sierra Brooks sits at the top of the individual standings as she carded a 7-under par 65. Florida, Arkansas, Baylor, UCF, Indiana, Maryland and Charleston Southern were the only teams in the 19-team field to finish their rounds on the day.
Wallin, who is playing in her first collegiate match, is at 1-under par for the first 12 holes of her collegiate career. The freshman from Sweden carded two birdies on the front nine and finished her 12 holes with 11 scored at par or better.
No. 15 Florida State is only three strokes behind seventh-placed Wake Forest and only six strokes behind Penn State, Charleston and Furman who are all tied for fourth place. The season-opening Cougar Classic is playing host to seven of the top 25 women’s golf teams in the country in one of the nation’s most competitive events in all of collegiate golf in the fall.
Wallin, who recently competed in the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships for her native country of Sweden, enjoyed heralded success in her first nine holes in collegiate competition. The freshman carded her first career birdie on only her fifth hole of the day. She later displayed poise under adversity as she holed a birdie on the seventh hole after a bogey on hole No. 6.
Junior Amanda Doherty and freshman Frida Kinhult also displayed success through 12 holes. Doherty, who earned All-American Honorable Mention honors in 2018, provided veteran leadership throughout the day. She finished the day 1-over par with six holes remaining in the first round.
Kinhult, a decorated freshman from Sweden, started to gain momentum on the back nine in her first collegiate round. After shooting even par for eight of her nine holes on the front nine, Kinhult carded her first two career birdies on holes 10 and 12 before match play was suspended. Kinhult finished the shortened round at 1-over par.
Freshman Puk Lyng Thomsen and sophomore Kathleen Sumner finished out the group of five for the Seminoles. Thomsen, a top-rated international recruit out, carded her first career birdie on her fifth hole of the round. She would finish with six holes at par or better, and completed her day at 5-over par.
Sumner entered the Cougar Classic in familiar territory. The sophomore played her high school career in Charleston at Bishop England High School. The two-time All-Lowcountry Player of the Year, carded nine holes at par in her 12 holes before the round was suspended.
As a team, the Seminoles carded six birdies through its first 12 holes of the first round.