TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Frida Kinhult has been named the ACC Women’s Golfer and ACC Freshman of the Year while Kinhult and teammate Beatrice Wallin were named to the All-ACC Team. Kinhult is the first Florida State player to be named the ACC Player of the Year and the first Seminole to earn ACC Freshman of the Year honors. She is only the fifth player in ACC history to earn ACC Player of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year honors in the same season. Kinhult shared the ACC Player of the Year honors with Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest. The ACC honors were voted on by the 12 ACC Women’s Golf Coaches.
For Kinhult and Wallin, it marks the 19th consecutive season at least one Seminole has been named to the All-ACC Women’s Golf Team. It also marks the fifth time in the last six seasons Florida State has had multiple golfers named to the All-ACC team.
“Being named as the ACC Player and Freshman of the Year are two incredible accomplishments,” said Florida State Head Coach Amy Bond. “Earning both honors in the same season is even more amazing. Frida has enjoyed an incredible season with the lowest stroke average in the country, two wins and eight of eight top-10 finishes. She’s the first Seminole to be named the ACC Player of the Year and the first to be named the ACC Freshman of the Year which is awesome for Frida and amazing for our program.”
Kinhult is the No. 1 ranked player in the ACC and No. 2 ranked player in the nation with a 69.96 scoring average. She is the only golfer in the nation with a scoring average below 70.00 strokes per round. Kinhult is challenging the Seminoles’ current career scoring average (72.52 by Matilda Castren, 2014-17) as Florida State begins NCAA Regional Championship play at Auburn, Ala., on May 6. She has finished in the top 10 in the individual standings in each of her eight tournaments as a Seminole – the first player in school history to earn top-10 finishes in eight consecutive events.
“When Coach Bond and I wrote down my goals for this year, earning ACC Player and ACC Freshman of the Year were two of them,” said Kinhult. “I am a very competitive player and love reaching my goals. Being recognized by the coaches in the ACC is a sign that my process and hard work is helping me to develop as a golfer and person.”
In addition to being recognized with the top two honors awarded by the ACC, Kinhult and Wallin were also named to the 15-member All-ACC team. The pair is just the third and fourth freshmen to be named to the All-ACC Women’s Golf Team in Florida State history and the first pair of Seminole freshmen to be named to the team in the same season.
“We are so proud of Frida and Beatrice being named to the All-ACC team in one of the most competitive seasons in the history the league,” said Bond. “Both Frida and Beatrice have been among the most consistent golfers in the ACC this year. We have had great team and individual performances this year and its nice for these two players to be rewarded by the ACC.”
Wallin is ranked 11th among ACC players in the Golfstat individual rankings and has earned two top-10 finishes including tied for 10th at the ACC Championships. She has been at her best in her last three events with a tied for third place finish at the Evans Derby Experience, a tie for 10th place finish at the ACC Championship and tied for 13th place finish at the Clemson Invitational. Wallin has finished with under par scores in four of her nine events in her first season as a Seminole.
“Being named to the All-ACC team is a great honor and one that I share with my teammates and coaches,” said Wallin. “I am so grateful to be a member of the Seminole golf family because everybody helps make me a better person and a better golfer every day.”
Forida State begins play in the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship on Monday. The Seminoles are the No. 3 seed in the regional and will play to finish as one of the top six teams in the 18-team field to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship Finals at the Blessing’s Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark.
“I really feel like we have prepared well for the regional championships,” said Bond. We know the course (Florida State won the Evans Derby Experience there in March) and played well on the course earlier this season. This is the most exciting time of the season for a college golfer; we will be ready to go on Monday.”
2019 ALL-ACC WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM
Frida Kinhult, Florida State
Beatrice Wallin, Florida State
Alice Hewson, Clemson
Ivy Shephard, Clemson
Ana Belac, Duke
Javaree Boonchant, Duke
Virginia Elena Carta, Duke
Gina Kim, Duke
Lauren Hartlage, Louisville
Jennifer Zhou, North Carolina
Beth Lillie, Virginia
Anna Redding, Virginia
Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest
Siyun Liu, Wake Forest
Emilia Migliaccio, Wake Forest
Co-Players of the Year: Frida Kinhult, Florida State & Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest
(each received six first-place votes)
Freshman of the Year: Frida Kinhult, Florida State
Coach of the Year: Kim Lewellen, Wake Forest