TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin will play for Sweden in the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships at the Carton House Golf Course in Maynooth, Ireland, Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The two freshmen are members of Florida State’s decorated Class of 2022, who are set to begin their college careers as Seminoles this semester.
Conducted by the International Golf Federation, the World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition played among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, American and European-African. Each team (country) has two or three players and plays 18-holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.
The winning team in the women’s competition earns the Espirito Santo Trophy.
The Republic of Korea enters the 2018 championship event as the defending champion and four-time winning country in the event.
“It’s incredibly exciting to have two of our golfers participating in the World Amateur Team Championships this year,” said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond. “Both players – Frida and Beatrice – are incredibly skilled as evidenced by their successes as golfers. It’s an honor to represent your country and we are excited they have the opportunity to play in the World Championships.”
Kinhult is currently ranked No. 8 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and No. 2 in the European Golf Rankings. Most recently, she won the 2018 Spanish Ladies Amateur Championship as well as the 2017 Skandia Junior Open. Kinhult became a member of the Swedish National future-team in 2013 at age 14 and elevated to the national team in 2015.
Wallin, who advanced to the Round of 16 in match play at the 2018 US Amateur earlier this month, is ranked No. 33 in the WAGR. She finished in second place at the 2017 Skandia Junior Open and in fifth place at the French International Junior Ladies Championship. Wallin is a member of the Swedish National Team and played on the Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2018.
Kinhult and Wallin teamed together and helped lead Sweden to the 2018 European Ladies’ Amateur Team Championship.
Both Kinhult and Wallin are playing in the World Amateur Team Championship for the first time in their careers.
The Florida State women’s golf team has quite a history in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championships. Former Seminole All-Americans Caroline Westrup (2006-09) won the individual championship while playing for Sweden in 2006. Kim Metraux (2015-18) finished in third place in the individual standings in 2016 as a representative of Switzerland. Morgane Metraux (2015-18) finished in a tie for 17th place in the individual standings as she played for Switzerland in 2016. Former Seminole All-American Matilda Castren (2014-17) played for Finland in the 2014 WATC while Maria Salinas (2010-12) played in the event for her home country of Peru twice during her career.