TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State sophomore golfer Frida Kinhult, who was named the National Freshman of the Year in 2019, will make her third career appearance in an LPGA Major Tournament this weekend when she tees off in the 2019 AIG Women’s British Open at the Woburn Golf and Country Club in Buckinghamshire, England. It marks the second consecutive year Kinhult will play in the AIG Women’s British Open and third career major appearance after playing in the ANA Inspiration in April of 2019.
Kinhult, the No 1 ranked amateur player in the world, was among 11 golfers who qualified to play in the AIG Women’s British open with a bogey-free score of 67 on Monday (July 29) at the Ashridge Golf Club in Hertfordshire, England. The First-Team All-American and All-ACC selection who led the Seminoles to a No. 9 national ranking during her freshman season, birdied her final hole of the round to ensure her coveted spot in one golf’s great championships.
“It was great fun to qualify for the British Open again,” said Kinhult. “I started off playing pretty well but the putts just didn’t drop. I tried to stay calm and trust the process instead of getting stressed and overthink on the greens which I think was helpful.
As well as she played throughout the round, a bit of late scoreboard watching let the 2019 Golfstat Cup Winner for the lowest stroke average in the nation know she had to finish her round with good scores on holes No. 17 and 18.
“When I teed off on 17, I was 4 under and saw a scoreboard where it looked like it will be a playoff at minus three,” she said. “I didn’t hit my best chip (on 17) and ended up with a par. Going down 18 I knew a par might make it but will probably end up in a playoff. That motivated me to make a birdie to be safe. I almost holed the shot and it was a pretty easy birdie to finish off the round in a great way.”
Kinhult was correct walking down the final green of the day: There was a playoff at three under.
“It’s always nice to be on the right side,” said Kinhult at the conclusion of the round knowing she had qualified for one of golf’s five majors. “I’m excited to tee it up on Thursday in my third career major and I’m ready to get going,” said Kinhult. “This is my last tournament for the summer before I go back to Florida State for classes and our season.”
Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond, who has enjoyed the fantastic results from all of her golfers this summer, will watch one of her star pupils with great joy.
“Frida is getting the opportunity to continue adding to her championship resume by playing in the Women’s British Open,” said Bond. “This is the third major championship she has played in during her career. I am excited for her to test her game against the best players in the world.”
Former Seminole All-American Karen Stupples, a member of the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame and a broadcaster for the Golf Channel, won the British Open championship in 2004.
“I had a good chance to speak with Frida at the ANA Inspiration,” said Stupples who will have the opportunity to watch Kinhult up close as a member of the broadcast crew for the event in her home country. “She has her head in the right place. She is very impressive and I believe should do well this week.”
Kinhult begins play in round one of the championship at 5:37 am (ET) on Thursday. She will play with Cydney Clanton (United States) and Kylie Henry (Scotland) in the first round. Kinhult is one of just seven amateurs playing in the championship in 2019.