TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State Women’s Golf Team opens its fall season Sunday as it travels to play in the 15th Annual Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C. The 19-team field will play 54 holes with individual and team champions crowned Tuesday. The field includes seven of the nations’ top-25 teams, the defending NCAA Individual Champion and the 2018 Annika Award Winner.
The Seminoles are playing in the event for the eighth time in its history and are looking to become the seventh two-time champion in the event after winning the team title in 2006.
Florida State enters the season with a lofty national ranking after one of the best postseason runs in school history in 2018. The Seminoles finished in second place in the ACC Championship, a second place finish in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship and a tied for 12th place finish in the NCAA Championship Finals – the second best NCAA finish in school history.
In addition to how the Seminoles finished the 2018 season, Head Coach Amy Bond is especially energized by her roster of nine players – her deepest and most talented group in her 12 years as a head coach.
The Seminoles’ lineup at the Cougar Classic includes junior Amanda Doherty (who owns the second best scoring average in school history at 73.17), sophomore Kathleen Sumner (who was one of the nation’s top freshmen in 2018) and three of the top freshmen in school history – Frida Kinhult, Puk Lyng Thomsen and Beatrice Wallin. Kinhult and Wallin helped Sweden finish in 11th place in the 2018 Women’s World Amateur Team Championships. Thomsen helped Denmark to a fourth place finish in the 2014 World Junior Golf Championships. Kunhult (No. 1), Thomsen (No. 3) and Wallin (No. 5) allowed Florida State to dominate Golfweek’s preseason ranking of the nation’s top freshmen to begin the season.
Doherty begins her third season as Florida State’s team leader after earning All-ACC and All-American honors as a sophomore. She enjoyed the best season of her first two years in Tallahassee with a career-low 72.09 stroke average and five top-10 finishes. Doherty finished in a tie for 27th place in the individual standings at the 2016 Cougar Classic – the second event of her career. She finished that event with a 1 over par score of 217 and scores of 70 and 72 in the final two rounds of the championship.
Sumner starts her second season looking to pick-up right where she ended her freshman season. She earned two top-10 finishes in the spring and finished tied for 16th in the individual standings at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship. Sumner carded her career-best single-round score of 68 in the final round of her first career regional championship appearance.
Florida State’s top-ranked recruiting class will be put to the test from the first tee as Kinhult, Thomsen and Wallin represent the Seminoles for the first time at the Cougar Classic.
Bond knows there will be a period of adjustment for the newcomers, but she is as confident in this group as any in her career.
Following a practice round to acclimate themselves with the course on Saturday, the Seminoles begin play at 9:42 Sunday morning. The Seminoles will play with LSU and Tennessee in the first two rounds.