SAN MARCOS, Texas (seminoles.com) – Freshman Frida Kinhult won the individual championship, and the Florida State Women’s Golf Team finished in second place in the team standings as play in the Jim West Challenge at the Kissing Tree Golf Course came to a close. Kinhult became just the fourth freshman in school history to win an individual championship. Kinhult tied the school records for lowest single round score (65 in the second round) and lowest three round tournament score vs. par (-14), and came within one stroke of tying the school record for individual tournament score during the event.
“Winning an individual championship for the Florida State Seminoles is an amazing feeling,” said Kinhult. “In December of 2017, I wrote my goals for this year. One of my goals was to win an individual tournament championship and now I can write a check-mark on that one. Winning is always a special feeling.”
Florida State, which played the second-best team round of the third round, finished one stroke behind TCU in the race for the team championship. The Seminoles began the final round five strokes behind the Horned Frogs and closed the gap to one as they played the final two holes at 5 under par. Florida State pulled ahead of, and away from Houston, which was in second place during much of the final round.
Kinhult, who carded scores of 65-66 in the final two rounds, earned her first collegiate win and her fourth consecutive top-10 individual finish as she led the Seminoles to their best finish of the fall season. With a 6-under par score of 66 in the third round, the freshman defeated Renate Grimstad of Miami by five strokes.
Kinhult joined an exclusive club of Seminole freshmen who have earned individual championships. The list includes four-time All-American Caroline Westrup (Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, March 26, 2006), two-time All-American Matilda Castren (Florida State Match-Up, Feb. 16, 2014) and Kayla Jones (Mo Morial Invitational, Sept. 10, 2014).
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts, but we battled hard and the end to make it exciting,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “You always hate to lose by one stroke but there are many positives that will come out of this tournament. The fight all of the girls showed is the thing I am most excited about, and it’s an incredible positive heading into the spring season.”
Kinhult carded a 6 under par score of 66 to finish with her 202 total. She carded eight birdies – including birdies on each of her last three holes of the round. Kinhult carded six birdies on her final 10 holes to move from even after eight holes to six under par at the conclusion of the round.
“Today, I continued to strike the ball well and the putts continued to roll into the holes,” said Kinhult. “I scored back-to-back bogeys on holes seven and eight and at first I got mad at myself. But instead, I turned my anger in to something good; turned it into motivation for the last 10 holes. After the 14th hole, I asked Coach Bond: ‘What do the individual scores look like.’ She took a look and saw that I was tied for the lead. I knew I had holes ahead of me that I could birdie. That gave me tons of motivation and I finished birdie-birdie-birdie.”
Kinhult carded a tournament-best 19 birdies – seven in the second round — as she finished with a school-record tying score of 65 and eight in the third round as she finished with a 66. Kinhult’s 19 birdies helped the Seminoles lead the 15-team field with 59 total birdies.
Freshman Beatrice Wallin carded a 69 in the third and final round and finished in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings. She finished 4 under par on the back nine to earn her second consecutive under par score. She totaled a 1 under par 70 in the second round. Wallin finished the fall season with scores at or below par in her final four rounds of the last two events.
Wallin, who carded at least one round in the 60’s in three of her four fall events, was above par for only one hole during the third round. She was as many as 4 strokes under par during the round. For Wallin, the finish was her best of the fall season and marked her second consecutive top-15 individual finish. She finished the fall season a cumulative total of five strokes below par.
Junior All-American Amanda Doherty finished in a tie for 19th place in the individual standings with an even par tournament score of 216. She carded a 69 in the first round of the event. Doherty has now earned 16 top-20 career finishes.
Freshman Amelia Williamson earned a 73 in the third round and finished in a tie for 36th place. Sophomore Kathleen Sumner finished in a tie for 63rd place.
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 three rounds of the Jim West Challenge carded 580 birdies (including 59 by the Seminoles) and 12 eagles (one by the Seminoles). The players in the Seminoles’ last two events have earned a total of 1,173 birdies and 20 eagles.
Florida State opens its spring season at the Northrop Grumman Challenge at The Links at Terranea Golf Course in Palos Verde Estates, Calif., Feb. 3-5, 2019.
Jim West Challenge/Par 72/Oct. 28-29, 2018
Kissing Tree Golf Course/San Marcos, Tex./Final Florida State Results
2/15-Florida State, 291+281+282=854
1-Frida Kinhult, 71+65+66=202
T12-Beatrice Wallin, 75+70+69=214
T19-Amanda Doherty, 69+73+74=216
T36-Amelia Williamson, 76+73+73=222
T63-Kathleen Sumner, 78+75+78=231
Jim West Challenge/Par 72/Oct. 28-29, 2018
Kissing Tree Golf Course/San Marcos, Tex./Final Team Results
2-Florida State, 291+281+282=854
5-Ole Miss, 287+288+290=865
6-Texas State, 297+278+296=871
10-Mississippi State, 296+291+298=885
11-Texas A&M, 293+294+303=890
12-Ohio State, 295+295+301=891
13-Texas Tech, 303+285+305=893
15-Southern Miss, 306+301+301=908