TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Frida Kinhult, the No. 1 ranked golfer in the Golfstat Cup standings with a nation’s-best 69.96 stroke average, has been named to the ANNIKA Award Watch List Top 15. The list was cut from 25 to 15 as teams prepare for NCAA Regional Championship play beginning May 6. Kinhult, the Seminoles’ freshman standout, is the only player in the nation with a sub-70 scoring average.
The award, in its sixth year, is named for Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam who is regarded as one of the best female golfers in history. She won 90 international tournaments as a professional and won 72 LPGA titles (including 10 majors) during her illustrious career.
“It’s a great feeling to mentioned with many of the outstanding college players on the ANNIKA Award list,” said Kinhult. “It shows me that my process is moving in the right direction and my hard work is helping me to become a better golfer. Annika has been such an inspiration to me through my career. I’ve grown up playing in her events – the ANNIKA Cup in Sweden, the ANNIKA Invitational in Europe and in a couple of events her in the United States. She gives so much of herself to junior golf, something that is very inspiring to me.”
Kinhult and the Seminoles will play in the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship May 6-8 at the Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Alabama. The Seminoles are the No. 3 seed in the regional after finishing second in last week’s ACC Championship and winning two tournament titles this year. Florida State won the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Evans Derby Experience – an event hosted by Auburn and played on the Saugahatchee Country Club course – in March.
As the Seminoles begin play in the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship, Kinhult is challenging the Seminoles’ all-time scoring average record and looking to become the first Seminole to average less than 70.00 strokes in a season. Kinhult is chasing a pair of former Seminole All-Americans in the Florida State record book. Morgane Metraux holds the season record (71.69 in 2018) and Matilda Castren holds the all-time career record (72.53, 2014-17). Kinhult tied the school record for the best single-round score (65 in the second round of the Jim West Challenge), for a 36-hole score (136 in the first and second rounds of the Jim West Challenge and the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate) and for a tournament score vs. par (14 in the winning the Jim West Challenge).
The native of Fiskebäckskil, Sweden, Kinhult has two individual championships on her resume as she claimed the individual titles at the Jim West Challenge and the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate earlier this season. She has earned eight top-10 finishes (all consecutively) and is a total of 35 UNDER par for her Seminole career.
Kinhult has twice been named as the ACC Golfer of the Month (October and March), has earned five top-five finishes, eight top-10 finishes, has finished as the Seminoles’ leader in seven of her eight events and has carded 11 of her 23 rounds at 69 or better. For the year, she has carded 18 of her 23 rounds (.783 percent) at par or better.
Kinhult is one of four ACC golfers on the top-15 for the ANNIKA Watch List. She is joined by Jennifer Kupcho and Emilia Migliaccio of Wake Forest and Jaravee Boonchant of Duke as golfers for the top conference in women’s collegiate golf vying for the top individual award in the sport.
“Annika is a role model to me and many others,” said Kinhult. “We have met a couple of times during my career. She is so nice and so personable; two characteristics of hers that I work to emulate in my everyday life.”
The Final ANNIKA Award Watch List will be released and narrowed to the top 10 players after the NCAA Regional Championships are completed. Voting will then open to players, coaches, SID’s and college golf media on May 9.