TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State sophomore Alice Hodge did something she had never done prior to playing in a golf tournament. She then went out and did something she had never done on the golf course in the first round of the Jim West Challenge.
The Jim West Challenge is played at the Kissing Tree Golf Course in San Marcos – in the south central region of the state of Texas. Because of the location, the tournament organizers treated the golfers from 15 different schools to a menu of Tex-Mex throughout the event.
On the day of the first round, the players enjoyed breakfast tacos – a meal Hodge had never enjoyed before playing a round of golf.
Hodge then went out and shot a career-best score of 66 – missing the all-time school record of 65 by just one stroke.
When she came off the course after the round, she told Head Coach Amy Bond that her score of 66 was the lowest score of her career.
Her entire career.
“Honestly shooting 66 was a bit of a shock to me,” said Hodge. “I don’t typically shoot deep under par, nonetheless six under.”
Hodge was in third place in the individual standings after the first round of play. She carded seven birdies and 17 holes at par or better during her masterpiece. She closed out her round with four birdies on her final seven holes and was never more than one stroke over par during the round.
“My game all sort of clicked and I felt like I played with a lot of ease,” said Hodge. “There were even a couple more putts that could have fallen and I feel like I could have gone even lower.”
Hodge finished tied for seventh as she played the best golf of her Seminole career at the Jim West. She set personal records for a single round score (66 in the first round), 36-hole score (134 in the first and second rounds), three-round score (208) and three-round score vs. par (-8). In addition to her first round score coming just one away from the school record, her 36-hole score tied the school record (134) and her tournament score (208) is tied for the 20th best three-round score in school history.
“It was such a great feeling to be able to hand Coach Bond my scorecard and say ‘this was the best round of golf I have ever played in my entire life’”.
Bond was delighted when Hodge handed the coach her scorecard showing her career-best score. She expects to see many more of those low round scorecards during her career at Florida State.
“Alice has done an excellent job for us,” said Bond. “She has come in, and made some great improvements in her year and a half on campus. Her consistency on the course has created trust amongst her teammates and allowed them to feel comfortable.”
Hodge enjoyed a fabulous freshman season and served notice at the Jim West that she will be one of the top underclassmen in collegiate golf in 2022. She was in Florida State’s lineup throughout the spring of 2021 and helped the Seminoles to unprecedented heights.
The Seminoles finished in a school-record ninth place in the NCAA Championship Finals, won the team title at the NCAA Louisville Regional Championship, finished as the runners-up in the ACC Championship, and won three tournament championships during her first season in Tallahassee.
Individually, Hodge was a superstar both on the course and in the classroom as a freshman. She earned Dean’s List honors in both of her first two semesters, was named to the All-ACC Academic Golf Team, the ACC Academic Honor Roll and to the WGCA All-American Scholar team.
“Alice has played a pivotal role in our success and I look forward to watching her continue to grow as a player,” said Bond.
Hodge isn’t ready to commit to a meal of breakfast tacos before every round, but you never know what will be served at the Landfall Tradition Oct. 29-31.