Whether it’s on the course or in the classroom, Amanda Doherty is always up to par. Since her arrival to Tallahassee in 2016, Doherty has consistently excelled both athletically and academically.
On the course, Doherty has etched her name into the Florida State record book and proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. She has been named to the All-ACC Women’s Golf Team and recognized as an All-American Honorable Mention by GolfWeek.
Doherty begins play in the Schooner Fall Classic on Friday ranked fourth in school history with a career stroke average of 73.15. Her stroke average of 72.09 during her sophomore season is ranked as the fifth best in school history and her career-best single round score of 66 is just one stroke off of the school record of 65.
Her accomplishments in the classroom are just as impressive. She has earned President’s List Honors, Dean’s List Honors, All-ACC Academic Honors, WGCA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition and a Golden Nole award. Doherty began the fall semester with a grade point average of 3.942.
Doherty was recently awarded the Golden Torch Award for having the highest GPA on the women’s golf team.
The Athletics Department, in conjunction with Seminole Boosters, Inc., hosts the annual “Golden Torch Gala”, a formal academic award banquet each fall. The ACC Honor Roll student-athletes, as well as the individuals with the highest GPA on their respective teams, and the men’s & women’s teams with the highest GPA are recognized at this event.
“It means a lot to me to receive this award,” said Doherty. “I try to do my best when it comes to academics and it is nice to see it pay off.”
Academic success doesn’t just happen for Doherty. It is something that she works at daily.
Being a student-athlete is no easy task, but she has found a way to excel. Doherty finds success in avoiding procrastination and mastering the art of time management.
“The biggest thing for me when trying to balance school and golf is trying to get ahead of my work when we travel rather than trying to catch up,” said Doherty.
She also relies heavily on her family for support.
“My family has always encouraged me to work hard at my studies, this has always been really important to my academic success and I need that extra motivation from my family,” she said.
Outside of her personal drive and family, Doherty also has a great support system within the women’s golf team.
Head Coach Amy Bond puts an emphasis on developing well-rounded young women in her program and the accolades prove that she has done just that. The girls push each other to be the best version of themselves at all times.
“We all try to help each other out as much as we can. If you are lucky enough to have a class with a teammate then you can study together which is very helpful,” said Doherty.
The women’s golf team has historically had an impressive showing at the Golden Torch Gala. Averaging above a 3.5 team GPA since 2015, they have been recognized for the highest women’s team GPA four of the past five years.
“As our team captain, Amanda led our team last year on the course, but by winning the Golden Torch Award she also led our team academically,” said Bond. “She is a great example for our young squad of how to do it all both athletically and in the classroom.”
Going into her final season as a Seminole, Doherty is fully equipped to continue setting the standard amongst her teammates as well as every student-athlete at Florida State.