SAN MARCOS, Texas (seminoles.com) – Freshman Frida Kinhult shot a school-record tying 65 in the second round and is in first place in the individual standings, and the Florida State Women’s Golf team is in second place in the team standings after two rounds of the Jim West Challenge at the Kissing Tree Golf Course. Kinhult became the first freshman and sixth player in school history to card a single round score of 65. Her two round total of 136 has given her a one stroke lead over Renate Grimstad of Miami with one round remaining to play in the tournament.
TCU, the only team in the field to card below par team scores in the first and second rounds, is in first place in the team standings with a 36-hole total of 567. The Seminoles are just five strokes behind the Horned Frogs in the team standings heading into Monday’s final round. Kinhult, who carded scores of 71-65 in the first two rounds, will play for her first individual championship and fourth consecutive top-10 finish as a Seminole in the final round.
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts but we played an excellent second round,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “We have put ourselves in contention for a championship and will play in the final group tomorrow. That’s always a goal for our team. I think this course requires precision and good wedge play, so I look for us to continue to execute tomorrow.”
Kinhult played outstanding golf with two below par scores on Sunday as she carded a career-best 36-hole total of 136. She totaled 11 birdies during the two rounds of play including a career-high seven birdies in the second round. Kinhult was never above par and was as many as seven strokes under par as she became the first Seminole since All-American Matilda Castren in the second round of the Clemson Invitational on April 2, 2017 to card a score of 65.
“Frida played an unbelievable second round today,” said Bond. “She is playing really good golf.”
Kinhult has now carded nine of 10 scores at par or better with five of 10 coming in the 60’s in the first four tournaments of her Florida State career. She enters the final round of the tournament with a stroke average of 69.10 as a Seminole. Kinhult has finished in a tie for fifth, a tie for ninth and a tie for 10th place in the individual standings of her first three collegiate events.
“Overall it was a good day,” said Kinhult. “I struggled a bit from the tee in the beginning, but got much better by the end. I gave myself more approach shots from the fairway which allowed me to shoot for more birdies. In the first round, I left my putts for birdies short of the holes. I felt I had good lines, so I was excited about that for the second round. I knew with a little bit more speed, some putts would fall down, and that’s what happened. I can’t wait to tee it up tomorrow; it’s going to be an exciting day for our team.”
Junior All-American Amanda Doherty is in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings with a two round total of 142. She carded a score of 3 under par 69 in the first round – her 12th career single round score in the 60’s. Doherty has now carded a score of 69 in two of her last four rounds. She is playing for her third top-15 individual finish of the fall season.
Freshman Beatrice Wallin, who carded a 2 under par score of 70 in the second round, is in a tie for 24rd place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 145. Her first round score of 75 included the second eagle of her Seminole career on the par 5 hole No. 17. Wallin carded six birdies and one eagle in moving into the top 25 of the individual standings. She has earned two top-25 finishes in the first three events of her Seminole career.
Freshman Amelia Williamson is in a tie for 44th place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 149. Sophomore Kathleen Sumner is in a tie for 58th place with a 36-hole total of 153.
Florida State will play with TCU and Texas State in Monday’s final round – a shotgun start beginning at 9:30 a.m. (ET)
Florida State Head Coach Amy Bond will donate $1 dollar for every birdie and $5 for every eagle by every golfer in each of the Seminoles’ final two events of the fall season to those affected by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle of Florida. The 76 players in the first and second rounds of the Jim West Challenge carded 408 birdies (including 38 by Florida State) and seven eagles (one by the Seminoles). The players in the Seminoles’ last two events have earned a total of 1,001 birdies and 15 eagles.
Jim West Challenge/Par 72/Oct. 28-29, 2018
Kissing tree Golf Course/San Marcos, Tex./Second Round Florida State Results
2/15-Florida State, 291+281=572
1-Frida Kinhult, 71+65=136
T12-Amanda Doherty, 69+73=142
T24-Beatrice Wallin, 75+70=145
T44-Amelia Williamson, 76+73=149
T58-Kathleen Sumner, 78+75=153
Jim West Challenge/Par 72/Oct. 28-29, 2018
Kissing tree Golf Course/San Marcos, Tex./Second Round Team Results
2-Florida State, 291+281=572
T3-Texas State, 297+278-575
T3-Ole Miss, 287+288=575
T10-Mississippi State, 296+291=587
T10-Texas A&M, 293+294=587
12-Texas Tech, 303+285=588
13-Ohio State, 295+295=590
15-Southern Miss, 306+301=607