February 20, 2022 - by

W. Golf In 1st Place In Moon Invitational

MELBOURNE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State senior Beatrice Wallin and sophomore Charlotte Heath carded scores of 70 and are in a tie for fifth in the individual standings, and the No. 26 Seminole Women’s Golf Team is in first place in the team standings after the first round of the power-packed season opening Moon Invitational at the Suntree Country Club.  Wallin and Heath are just four strokes out of the lead, and the Seminoles have a two-stroke advantage over Virginia and a five-stroke lead over Florida and LSU with two rounds and 36 holes remaining to be played in the tournament.  Ingrid Lindblad of LSU is the individual leader with  6 under par score of 66.

The field features nine top-26 teams, including five in the top 10 in the Golfweek rankings – South Carolina (3), Arkansas (4), Alabama (8), Florida (9), Virginia (10), Duke (16), Auburn (18), LSU (20), Baylor (22) and Florida State (26).

Florida State closed the first round exceedingly well, as it was a cumulative four strokes under par on the final four holes of the round.  The Seminoles received birdie scores from four different golfers, including Wallin who birdied holes No. 6 and 8 as she wrapped up her score of 70.

“Each of the five girls played really good golf despite the windy conditions,” said Head Coach Amy Bond.  “Today was a good start in our first round of 2022.”

The Seminoles earned a total of 13 birdies, kept their over par scores to a minimum, and recorded only one double bogey during their first round of the spring season.  As a team of five, the Seminoles finished at even par with a pair of 2-under par scores, a pair of 2-over par scores and one even par score.

“I really liked that each of the girls adjusted to the wind direction which was opposite from what they practiced in yesterday,” said Bond.  “What I saw today was each player seeing and executing their shot before they hit it.  They played really good golf today and very importantly had a good attitude when facing the windy conditions.  They took what the golf course would give them and that was good to see on the first day of the season.”

The Seminoles earned a total of 13 birdies, kept their over par scores to a minimum, and recorded only one double bogey during their first round of the spring season.

Wallin opened her final spring season as a Seminole with a 2 under par score of 70.  She totaled four birdies – two on both sides of the course – and was never above even par on her scorecard.  Wallin was 2 under par on her final 10 holes with three birdies and six holes played at par.

“I hit a lot of fairways and greens, which helped my score a lot,” said Wallin.  I tried to take my round shot by shot and play with the wind instead of against it.”

As she plays in the final season of her decorated collegiate career, Wallin is also preparing to play in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship in April for the third time in her career.  She’s the only player with consecutive top-10 finishes in the first two years of the ANWA.

Heath also played superb golf and finished with a 2 under par score of 70.   She carded three birdies, 17 holes at par or better and finished with just one hole score above par in finishing below par for the third time in four career rounds at the Moon Invitational.

“Coach Bond kept saying stay in the moment and take it one shot at a time because in those (windy) conditions anything could change,” said Heath.  “I think that’s what I did really well in the first round.”

Senior Amelia Williamson continued to play well as she carded an even par 72 and is in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings.  She displayed an incredible amount of consistency in the first round as she carded one birdie, one bogey and 16 holes at par.  Williamson’s birdie came with four holes remaining and helped her get down to par for the round.

Junior Elle Johnson and sophomore Alice Hodge carded scores of 74 and are certainly within striking distance of the top of the individual leaderboard.  Johnson totaled four birdies and Hodge one as both players put themselves in position to earn high finishes after 54 holes.

Florida State begins play at 9:20 on Monday morning from hole No. 1.  The Seminoles will play with Virginia and Florida.

Florida State plays host to the Ninth Annual Florida State Match Up beginning Friday (February 25) at the Seminole Legacy Golf Course in Tallahassee.  Admission is free to one of the greatest collegiate events of the season on one of the best golf courses in the nation.

Moon Invitational/February 20-22, 2022
Suntree Country Club/Melbourne, Fla./Par 72
1/15-Florida State, 286
T5-Beatrice Wallin, 70
T5-Charlotte Heath, 70
T11-Amelia Williamson, 72
T32-Alice Hodge, 74
T32-Elle Johnson, 74

Moon Invitational/February 20-22, 2022
Suntree Country Club/Melbourne, Fla./Par 72
1-Florida State, 286
2-Virginia, 287
T3-Florida, 291
T3-Louisville, 291
T5-LSU, 292
T5-UCF, 292
T7-South Carolina,
T7-Auburn, 295
9-Arkansas, 296
10-Alabama, 297
11-North Carolina, 298
12-Baylor, 301
13-Augusta, 302
14-Duke, 304
15-Miami, 307

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