TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The FSU women’s golf team opened its spring season Friday playing two rounds in the Florida State Matchup Tournament hosted on its home course. The Seminoles closed out the day with a strong finish and will enter Saturday’s final round in fifth-place at three-over for the tournament. Amanda Doherty led the way for FSU shooting four-under and she enters the final round sitting in fifth place overall.
The Seminoles opened the day shooting five-over par as a team but bounced back in the second round carding a two-under to land in fifth place. The resurgence in the second round was led by the sophomore Doherty, who shot three-under, and senior Kayla Jones who also shot a 69.
“I certainly think in the first round we struggled to get comfortable,” said head coach Amy Bond. “We have played this golf course so many times, sometimes when you put a little pressure on it you just get a little uncomfortable. We managed to turn it around, especially on the back 18 and I am happy.”
Jones was one of the keys in FSU’s second round charge. After posting a one-over, 73 on the first 18, the Milton, GA native cut four strokes off her score the second time around Seminole including an eagle on the par five, 10th hole. Joining in the effort was Doherty who posted three straight birdies at one point. That highlighted a day that also saw the Atlanta, GA product go birdie-birdie-eagle during the first round. Both will enter Saturday’s play in the top 10.
“Those stretches of birdies were definitely helpful because I had a few stretches of bogies as well, especially to start off,” said Doherty. “It definitely helped my round.”
The 12-team field was forced to play two rounds Friday due to impending inclement weather expected in Tallahassee on Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s conditions were “Florida cold” and blustery leading to only four of the teams breaking par heading into the final round.
All twelve teams return to action Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to complete the final round of play. Once again a shotgun format will be utilized to best ensure the tournament can be completed before the predicted inclement weather arrives. Check back to Seminoles.com for full coverage of the final round and all the news on the FSU women’s golf team.
FLORIDA STATE MATCHUP
Seminole Golf Course
February 9-11, 2018