TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Amy Bond and the Seminole women’s golf team has signed one of the nation’s top recruiting classes for the 2018-19 season. Florida State will welcome four players who signed National Letters of Intent on Nov. 8th as part of the NCAA’s early signing period. The class includes Caroline Hodge, Frida Kinhult, Beatrice Wallin and Amelia Williamson.
Caroline Hodge, the No. 1 player in the State of New York, is from Larchmont, N.Y., and attends The Ursuline School. She competed in the 2017 U.S. Junior Girls Championship where she finished third in the stroke play portion of the tournament. Hodge earned the Section 1 individual championship as a junior in 2016. Hodge won the sectional championship with a 2-under par total of 143, which included a 2-under par 71 in the final round. She also placed fifth at the NYSPHSAA Girl’s Golf State championship tournament (with scores of 75-72) at Bethpage Yellow. She helped lead Ursuline to three consecutive New York state championship titles. Hodge was named to the 2016 Transamerica Scholastic Honor Roll.
“I have been watching Caroline for the last four years,” said Bond. “Every year she continues to improve by leaps and bounds. She has a huge drive to succeed and I firmly believe her best golf is in front of her. Caroline’s drive, tenacity, willingness to do whatever it takes and her unwavering confidence will make her a great Seminole.”
Frida Kinhult is from Skaft, Sweden. She is currently ranked No. 3 on the European Golf ranking scale and No. 15 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking poll. Kinhult’s most recent wins include: the Skandia Junior Open Girls, European Girls Team Championship, JSM Battle Girls, and the Spanish Amateur Ladies International Championship. She played in the Helsingborg Open on the European Tour in 2015, and competed on the 2016 European Junior Ryder Cup Team. Kinhult was a member of the PING Junior Solheim Cup in Iowa this past August and was a part of the Swedish National Team that played in the 2017 World Cup in Japan. Her win at the Spanish Open earned her an invitation in to the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open. She made the cut and finished in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings. After winning the 2017 amateur contest in Spain, she accepted an invitation to play on the Ladies European Tour. In eight events played in 2017, Kinhult averages 71.09 strokes per round, with six scores in the 60’s and a low round score of 65 in the third round of the Skandia Junior Open.
“Frida is the highest ranked player to ever come to Florida State,” said Bond. “She has enjoyed a tremendously successful junior career, and I am excited to watch first-hand the beginning of her amateur career. Frida’s international team experience and with her National Team experience will bring a wealth of knowledge to our program. She has displayed the ability to compete with great players and I look forward to her excelling as a collegiate golfer.”
Beatrice Wallin is from Olofstorp, Sweden. She has an earned a current EGR ranking of No. 44 and WAGR ranking of No. 34. After taking silver with the Swedish team in EM Girls and SM gold in Lag-SM in the summer of 2016, Wallin won the individual title at the ANNIKA Invitational in 2016. She placed second in Skandia Lady Junior Open 2016, second at the French International Ladies Amateur Stroke Play Championship 2016, the French International Lady Juniors 2017, and the Skandia Junior Open 2017. Wallin played for Team Europe in the PING Junior Solheim Cup, and is also a member of the Swedish National Team.
“Beatrice is another highly ranked, talented player who will join our team to begin the 2018-19 season,” said Bond. “Being a member of the Swedish National Team along with the junior Solheim Cup has allowed her to play and flourish under some tremendous pressure during her career. Beatrice has relished those opportunities and shown she can compete against the best.”
Kinhult and Wallin are both members of the Swedish National Team that won the team title at the 2017 European Girl’s Championship in Finland. They were also members of Team Europe in the 2017 Junior Solheim Cup which was played on American soil in Iowa.
Amelia Williamson is from Norfolk, England. She has a current EGR ranking of No. 50. Williamson has represented England in numerous events, including consecutive International U16 matches vs. Switzerland in 2014 and 2015, and in the 2016 Scottish U18 Championships. Her best finishes in 2015 came as the champion in the West of England U16 Open, fourth place in the North of England U16 Open, sixth in the English U16 Girl’s Open, and eighth at both Critchley Salver and Pleasington Putter tournaments. Williamson’s best finishes in 2016 came as a second place finish at the Fairhaven Trophy tournament, the English Girl’s U16 Open Championship and the North of England U16 Open. Her best finishes in 2017 include a second place finish at the Roehampton Ladies, a second place finish at Fairhaven Trophy championship, and a tie for third place finish at the European Girls’ Team Championships. Williamson has claimed the English School’s Championship the last three years running. She won the event in 2017 with scores of 71-68 for a total of 139. Her round of 68 included an eagle and five birdies.
“Amelia is the fourth member of our talented recruiting class,” said Bond. “She is a member of the England National Team and has a tremendous amount of international experience. Amelia has a complete overall game that sets up great for college golf. The skills she brings to our team will enhance our ability to compete at the highest level.”
“This is by far our strongest recruiting class at Florida State,” said Bond. “I am thrilled these talented players have chosen to become Seminoles. I am looking forward to watching them grow as players and helping us compete for a National Championship. This is a special group that is going to leave a lasting legacy at Florida State.”
The Seminoles open their 2018 spring season as it plays host to the Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and Club, Feb. 9-11.