May 21, 2019 - by
Seminoles Finish 12th At NCAA Golf Championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (seminoles.com) – Freshman Frida Kinhult finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings, and the Seminole Women’s Golf team finished in 12th place in the team standings as stroke play in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship Finals at the Blessings Golf Club was completed. It marked the second consecutive year the Seminoles have finished in the nation’s top 12 and the third time in the last four seasons they finished in the top 15 of the team standings at the NCAA Championship Finals.

The match play portion of the event began Tuesday morning with eight teams competing for the national championship: Texas (first place in stroke play), Duke (second), Southern California (third), Arkansas (fourth), Wake Forest (fifth), Arizona (sixth), Stanford (seventh) and Auburn (eighth). Those eight teams with play the quarterfinals and semifinals of match play on Tuesday with the final (championship) match being played Wednesday.

In addition to becoming just the second player in school history to finish in the top-10 of the individual standings, Kinhult finished her freshman season with a 70.66 stroke average – a stroke average which sets new Florida State records for a single season and for a career. She bettered the former single season record of Morgane Metraux (71.69 in 201) and the career record of Matilda Castren (72.52, 2014-17). Freshman Beatrice Wallin’s 72.77 stroke average is now the third best career scoring average in school history.

Kinhult and Morgane Metraux (tied for fifth in 2018) are the only two Seminoles to finish in the top-10 of the individual standings at the NCAA Championships.

Florida State Head Coach Amy Bond has now coached four players in the last three seasons (Morgane Metraux in 2016; Kim and Morgane Metraux in 2018 and Kinhult in 2019) who have finished in the top-20 of the individual standings of the NCAA Championships. Prior to Bond’s arrival as the Seminoles’ Head Coach for the 2011 season, a total of four players in school history had finished in the top 20 of the individual standings at the NCAA Championship.

Bond is the first coach in school history to coach players who have finished in the top-10 of the individual standings at the NCAA Championships.

“We had the youngest team at the championship and finished in the top 12,” said Bond. “The girls all battled hard but it just didn’t happen this week. It was a great learning experience for all of our players, and I am extremely proud of each of them. This was a great year and I look forward to getting back to work in August.”

Kinhult finished play in the championship with her second consecutive even par score and a three round total of 4 over par 223. She totaled four birdies and 15 holes scored a par or better. Kinhult was nearly flawless on her back nine with eight holes scored at par with one birdie – she was one stroke under par on her final five holes of the round.

Kinhult challenged the Seminoles’ all-time scoring mark from her first tournament as a Seminole when she carded a 68 in the second round of the Cougar Classic on the second day of the season. She totaled 12 rounds scored in the 60’s, led the Seminoles on the leaderboard in seven of the 10 events she played in and was named the ACC Player (Co) and Freshman of the Year.

“A season is always special when it’s connected to history,” said Kinhult. “My teammates and our coaches made it even more fun because they have helped me enjoy this year so much. There have been lots of great rounds in my first season but I also know I can improve a lot. It’s great to set records, but I’ll do everything to make it even lower next season.

Kinhult is a finalist for the ANNIKA Award as well as the Player and Freshman of the Year awards by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

Wallin carded a 76 in the third round and finished her first NCAA Championship Finals appearance with a 10 over par total of 229. Her score on Monday included an eagle on Hole No. 7 – her team-leading third eagle of the season. Wallin also carded four birdies for the second consecutive round as she finished her final two rounds a three strokes over par. She was one of only 12 players in the 132-golfer field who carded at least one eagle during three rounds of stroke play at the 2019 NCAA Championship Finals.

Wallin finished her freshman year with a 72.77 stroke average – the ninth lowest single-season average in school history. Her stroke average ranks as the third lowest for a career in school history.

Florida State finished the 2019 season with two tournament championships (at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Evans Derby Experience), a second place finish at the ACC Championship (for the third consecutive season) and a second place finish at the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship (for the second consecutive season).

NCAA Division I National Championships/Par 73/May 17-22, 2019
Blessings Golf Club/Fayetteville, Ark./Final Florida State Results
12/24-Florida State, 924
T10-Frida Kinhult, 223
T36-Beatrice Wallin, 229
T54-Amanda Doherty, 232
T97-Amelia Williamson, 240
T118-Puk Lyng Thomsen, 245

NCAA Division I National Championships/Par 73/May 17-22, 2019
Blessings Golf Club/Fayetteville, Ark./Final Stroke Play Results
1-Texas, 883
2-Duke, 890
3-Southern California, 893
4-Arkansas, 900
5-Wake Forest, 902
6-Arizona, 904
7-Stanford, 906
8-Auburn, 915
T9-Illinois, 917
T9-Purdue, 917
11-Florida, 918
12-Florida State, 924
13-Northwestern, 925
T14-Arizona State, 926
T14-Virginia, 926
T14-Ole Miss, 926
17-Kent State, 930
18-Washington, 937
19-San Jose State, 938
20-UCLA, 941
21-Indiana, 944
22-UCF, 945
23-Vanderbilt, 946
24-Tennessee, 950

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