OPELIKA, Ala. (seminoles.com) – Junior Amanda Doherty is in fourth place in the individual standings, and the No. 11 Florida State Women’s Golf team is in a tie for third place in the team standings with one round remaining to be played in the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship at the Saugahatchee Country Club. Doherty is only one stroke behind a trio of co-leaders as she plays to become the third Seminole to win an individual regional championship. The Seminoles are just three strokes behind Duke in the team standings as they play for the first regional championship in school history on Wednesday. The Seminoles are nine strokes above the cut line as they play to earn their fourth consecutive top-three team finish at an NCAA Regional Championship.
Florida State finished with a team score of 1 over par 289 in the second round – the third best team score of the second round. The Seminoles are only three strokes behind Duke for the team lead but are within the top six in the team standings which would advance them to the NCAA Championship Finals at the conclusion of the regional. The Seminoles are nine strokes above the cut line after the second round for the teams that will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals. The top six teams and the top three individuals that are not on one of the six qualifying teams will advance.
Duke, the No. 1 seeded team in the regional, is in first place in the team standings after two rounds. Virginia moved up five positions into second place with the best team round of the day and Florida State is in a tie for third place giving the ACC the top three positions in the team standings. The Seminoles are tied for third in the team standings with Vanderbilt. Linette Holmslykke of Murray State (who carded a 65 in the second round), Virunpat Olankitkunchai of Maryland and Auston Kim of Vanderbilt are tied at the top of the individual leaderboard with two-round scores of 140.
On Tuesday, Florida State closed extremely well and was five under par on the final five holes of the round. Three Seminoles (Doherty, Beatrice Wallin and Amelia Williamson) all totaled multiple birdies on their final five holes. Florida State carded a cumulative total of 17 birdies during the second round.
“We’ve put ourselves in a good position and will play in the final group of the tournament,” said Bond. “We have to put together some good golf on Wednesday to catch Duke – that’s our goal. We need to stick with our game plan and play our game tomorrow. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”
Doherty continued to play well in the postseason as she carded a 2 under par score of 70 which gave her a two-day total of 141. Her second round score allowed her to keep her position of fourth in the individual standings. Doherty began the day in a tie for fourth place and one stroke out of the lead as she begins the final round of the championship alone in fourth and one stroke behind the leaders. In eight career NCAA Regional Championship rounds Doherty has carded five consecutive below par scores.
Doherty closed the round exceptionally well with three birdies on her final five holes of the round. She went from 1 over par after 12 holes to 2 under par at the end of the round. Doherty totaled a team-leading seven birdies in finishing with her second under round score of the tournament. She scored three birdies on the front nine and four after making the turn.
“It was kind of a crazy round today,” said Doherty. “I was hitting the ball a lot better today (than I did yesterday) and I was able to make a few longer putts.”
Doherty’s seven birdies give the Seminoles a tournament-leading 30 total birdies after the first 36 holes of the championship. Doherty is the individual leader among the 96 golfers in the field with 11 birdies.
Freshman Amelia Williamson moved into the top 25 of the individual standings with an even par score of 72 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 147. She totaled four birdies, was never more than one stroke over par during the round and will look to earn her second consecutive top-25 finish in her first career NCAA Regional Championship. Williamson finished in a tie for 20th place in the individual standings of the ACC Tournament and is a total of two strokes under par in her most recent three rounds.
Williamson is in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings heading into Wednesday’s final round.
Freshman Beatrice Wallin earned a 1 over par score of 73 in the second round and is in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings. She was very consistent over the course of the entire round and like Doherty, got hot at the end of the round. Wallin birdied two of her final four holes including hole No. 18 to finish at one over par for the day and with a two-round total of 144. She is five under par on her back nine in the first two days of the championship with seven birdies.
Freshmen Friday Kinhult and Puk Lyng Thomsen are in a tie for 38th in the individual standings with identical scores of 149.
Florida State will play in a familiar role under Bond – playing in the final group in the final round of the tournament. The Seminoles will play in an All-ACC group with Duke and Virginia beginning at 10:50 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday morning. The top six teams at the conclusion of Wednesday’s round advance to the NCAA Championship Finals at the Blessings Golf Cub in Fayetteville, Ark., May 17-22.
NCAA Auburn Regional Championship/Par 72/May 6-8, 2019
Saugahatchee Country Club/Opelika, Ala./Second Round Florida State Results
T3/18-Florida State, 580
4-Amanda Doherty, 141
T9-Beatrice Wallin, 144
T23-Amelia Williamson, 147
T38-Frida Kinhult, 149
T38-Puk Lyng Thomsen, 149
NCAA Auburn Regional Championship/Par 72/May 6-8, 2019
Saugahatchee Country Club/Opelika, Ala./Second Round Team Results
T3-Florida State, 580
5-East Carolina, 586
T15-Murray State, 610
T15-Kennesaw State, 610
T15-South Alabama, 610