OPELIKA, Ala. (Seminoles.com)— Led by freshmen Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin, the No. 11 Florida State women’s golf team won the team championship at the Evans Derby Experience at the Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Ala., as play in the event concluded Monday. The win marked the second consecutive tournament championship for the Seminoles this spring and the 10th team title under Head Coach Amy Bond after they won the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate just two weeks ago.
Entering the final round in fourth place in the team standings, the Seminoles shot a tournament-low tying 285 to catapult to first place on the final day. Florida State combined for 13 birdies on the round and was the only team to shoot under par in clinching the team championship.
“We played really good golf today and we are very happy to win the Evans Derby tournament,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “The hole locations today were difficult and the wind picked up late in the round but all of the girls executed the game plan and stayed patient through the round. We can’t get complacent because there are still many things we have to work on. But, we are going to enjoy this and get back to work on Wednesday.”
The Evans Derby Experience provided one of the toughest fields of the Seminoles 2018-19 season. The event featured five of the top ten teams; eight of the top 15 teams and hosted a field where all 14 teams were ranked in the top 45 in the country.
In such a powerhouse event, Florida State continued to rank among the nation’s best. The Seminoles carded a six-over three-round score of 870 and finished four strokes above the field, finishing above No. 3 Duke (T2nd, 874), No. 2 Texas (T2nd, 874), No. 8 Arkansas (T2nd, 874) and No. 7 Florida (5th, 880).
After winning the individual title in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, Frida Kinhult continued to provide one of the most dominant freshman campaigns in school history. Kinhult shot a two-under 70 on the final day, bringing her three-round total to 215, tying her for third in individual competition.
It was a difference of night and day for the Fiskebackskil, Sweden native. After carding her first 27 holes at three-over par in which she scored two birdies, Kinhult dominated competition. She would go on to card 24 of her final 27 holes at par or better, birdied seven of those holes and jumped from a tie for 42nd after the first round to a tie for third finish.
In her first seven tournaments of her career, Kinhult has now earned an individual top ten finish in each event, has scored 16 of her 20 rounds at par or better and has a nation-leading 69.65 stroke average.
Beatrice Wallin also led the Seminoles, turning in the best tournament performance of her career. The Olofstrop, Sweden native shot an even 72 on the final day in which she earned a career-best tied for third finish in the individual standings.
Wallin provided a consistent stroke for the Noles, as she shot a three-round total of 215, carding 48 holes at par or better and totaling seven birdies. She carded all three rounds at par or better, marking the first three-round tournament of her career that she had carded all three rounds at par or better.
Junior All-American Amanda Doherty made one of the biggest improvements in the 87-individual field on the final day. After entering Monday’s round tied for 31st, Doherty shot a three-under 69 in which she carded all 18 holes at par or better and birdied three holes on the back nine, jumping 19 spots for a tied for 12th finish.
Doherty’s score of 69 on the final day was the second lowest among any of the 87 individuals on Monday, one stroke behind Maria Fassi of Arkansas and Miranda Wang of Duke.
Doherty continues to provide the young Seminoles with consistent leadership throughout the season. She has now placed in the top-20 in five of the Seminoles seven event on the season, where she has carded seven rounds at par or better and holds a stroke average of 72.85 on the season.
For her career, Doherty has now totled 18 top-20 finished and holds a career stroke average of 73.10, good enough for second in school history.
Freshmen Puk Lyng Thomsen and Amelia Williamson rounded out the five individuals who competed for team score for the Seminoles. Thomsen finished tied for 38th with a three-round score of 225, while Williamson finished tied for 56th with a score of 230.
Florida State looks to continue its spring success in Sunset, South Carolina, where they will compete at the Clemson Invitational at The Reserve at Lake Keowee April 7-April 9.
EVANS DERBY EXPERIENCE/ PAR 72/ March 23-25, 2019
Saugahatchee Country Club/ Opelika, Ala./First Round Florida State Results
1/14-Florida State, 870
T3- Frida Kinhult, 215
T3- Beatrice Wallin, 215
T12- Amanda Doherty, 219
T38- Puk Lyng Thomsen, 225
T50- Amelia Williamson, 230
T74- Caroline Hodge (individual), 235
EVANS DERBY EXPERIENCE/ PAR 72/ March 23-25, 2019
Saugahatchee Country Club/ Opelika, Ala./First Round Florida Team Results
1- Florida State, 870
T2- Duke, 874
T2- Texas, 874
T2- Arkansas, 874
5- Florida, 880
6- Kent State, 885
7- Auburn, 889
T8- South Carolina, 893
T8- Baylor, 893
T10- Mississippi State, 901
T10- Ole Miss, 901
12- Clemson, 905
13- Alabama, 907
14- Louisville, 912