OPELIKA, Ala. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Golf Team finished in second place in the final team standings at the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship at the Saugahatchee Country Club and will play in the NCAA Championship Finals for the school record fourth consecutive season. The Seminoles were led in the individual standings by junior Amanda Doherty who finished in a tie for sixth place as she earned her second career top-10 NCAA Regional Championship finish.
The Seminoles will play in the NCAA Championship Finals at the Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark., May 17-22. The Seminoles qualified for the NCAA Championship Finals along with Vanderbilt (first place), Duke (third), Virginia (fourth), Auburn (fifth) and Tennessee (sixth).
Florida State will make its 11th appearance in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Finals. The Seminoles are playing in the NCAA Championship finals for the 11th season (1992, 94, 99, 03, 04, 06, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19) and for the school-record fourth consecutive year. The Seminoles’ appearance in the 2019 NCAA Championship Finals marks the first time in school history Florida State has competed in the NCAA golf championship finals in four consecutive seasons (all under Heed Coach Amy Bond).
“We put together a really good final round of golf,” said Bond. “This was a great team effort. Each of our players contributed to finishing second in a regional championship and I’m very proud of all the girls. We still have some things to work on, but we are going to celebrate making it to the National Championships. We haven’t played our best week yet – I’m hoping we have saved our best for last.”
Doherty carded a 1 over par 73 and finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings with a three-round total of 214. She carded under par scores in two of the three rounds of the championship and has now earned two consecutive top 10 finishes in Regional Championship play. Doherty carded four birdies in the third round and finished the event as the individual leader with 15 birdies.
Doherty, who finished only four strokes out of the lead, carded a birdie on her final hole to finish as one of 10 golfers in the 96-player field to finish under par for the championship. It marked the second time this year and the eighth time in her career that she has finished with a below par tournament score. Doherty is a total of three strokes under par in three career NCAA Regional Championship events.
A pair of Seminole freshmen – Frida Kinhult (68) and Puk Lyng Thomsen (69) – finished with scores in the 60’s to lead the Seminoles in the final round.
Kinhult played her best round of the championship as she carded a 4 under par 68 and finished in a tie for 13th place with a 217 total. She totaled a personal championship high four birdies and finished with 18 holes scored at par or better. Kinhult carded each of her holes in the round at par or better.
Kinhult’s score of 68 was three off of her career-best and marked her team-leading 12th score of the year. She has carded at least one score in the 60’s in seven of her nine tournaments as a Seminole.
Thomsen finished the day with a career-best score of 69 and a 2 over par total of 218. Her three-round total for the championship came within one stroke of tying her career best of 217 which came at the ACC Championship. Thomsen is a total of two strokes over par in her last two events.
Thomsen was nearly perfect during the round with four birdies and 17 holes scored at par or better. She was never above par and was as many as three strokes under par during the third round. Thomsen’s four birdies in the third round equaled as many as she totaled in the first two rounds as she carded her first career score as a Seminole in the 60’s. Thomsen finished in a tie for 17th place in the individual standings.
Freshman Beatrice Wallin finished in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings as she finished with a 1 over par total of 217. She finished the championship with a 1 over par score of 73 as she carded three scores at 73 or better in the event. Wallin carded a 71 in the first round.
Freshman Amelia Williamson played her best golf of the championship as she carded an even par 72 in the third round. She finished with a three-round total of 220 – the second-best three-round tournament score of her career. Williamson closed her first career NCAA Regional Championship appearance a one under par over the course of her final 11 holes with one birdie and all 11 holes scored a par or better.
Florida State’s second place finish in the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship marks the school record fourth consecutive top three regional finish for the Seminoles. The Seminoles finished in second place at NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship in 2016, in third place at NCAA Columbus (Ohio) Regional Championship in 2017, in second place in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship in 2018 and in second place in NCAA Auburn Regional Championship in 2019.
NCAA Auburn Regional Championship/Par 72/May 6-8, 2019
Saugahatchee Country Club/Opelika, Ala./Final Florida State Results
2/18-Florida State, 863
T13-Frida Kinhult, 217
T13-Beatrice Wallin, 217
T17-Puk Lyng Thomsen, 218
T23-Amelia Williamson, 220
NCAA Auburn Regional Championship/Par 72/May 6-8, 2019
Saugahatchee Country Club/Opelika, Ala./Final Team Results
2-Florida State, 863
8-East Carolina, 882
14-Kennesaw State, 905
16-South Alabama, 910
17-Murray State, 916