March 23, 2019 - by
Thomsen Leads Golf at Evans Derby

Round 1 Team Leaderboard / Round 1 Individual Leaderboard / Round 1 Team and Individual Leaderboard / Round 2 Pairings

OPELIKA, Ala. ( Florida State freshman Puk Lyng Thomsen is tied for eighth in the individual standings, and the No. 11 Florida State women’s golf team is in a tie for sixth in the team standings after the conclusion of the first round of the Evans Derby Experience at the Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Alabama. Thomsen finished the first round only three strokes behind first place in the star-studded field.

No. 8 Arkansas, with two golfers in the top four of individual play, is in first place after shooting a three-under score of 285. The Razorbacks carded 15 birdies, shot 63 holes at par or better and are the only team under par as they hold a three-stroke lead over No. 7 Florida with 36-holes remaining. Gurleen Kaur of Baylor and Clara Manzalini of Florida lead individual competition after shooting four-under scores of 68.

With the Seminoles tied for sixth finish after 18 holes, its play proved it can compete with the nation’s best. The Evans Derby Experience features five of the top-ten teams, nine of the top-20 teams and 37 individuals ranked in the top-100, according to GolfStat.

Thomsen powered the Seminoles through the first round, finishing with a team-leading one-under par score of 71 after carding 15 holes at par or better and a team-high four birdies. Her score of 71 marks her second-best round of her Seminole career, one behind her one-under par 70 score in the second round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on March 9, 2019.

Freshman Beatrice Wallin provided a steady hand for the Seminoles throughout the first day. The Olofstrop, Sweden native placed tied for 10th in the individual standings and earned an even 72 score in which she finished with one birdie and carded 17 straight holes at par or better after earning a bogey on the first hole. Wallin has now earned nine rounds at par or better in her first year as a Seminole.

Seminoles freshman and No. 1 ranked golfer in the Golfweek rankings Frida Kinhult finished tied for 42nd after shooting a three-over score of 75. Kinhult, who entered competition with a nation-leading stroke average of 69.29, battled through adversity by carding her last six holes at par or better, including birdies on holes 16 and 18, giving her momentum in the second round.

Junior All-American Amanda Doherty finished tied for 42nd after scoring a three-over 75 in which she carded 15 holes at par on the day.

Florida State will resume play tomorrow and will play with Auburn and Kent State in Sunday’s second round. The Seminoles round is scheduled to begin at 9:20 a.m.

EVANS DERBY EXPERIENCE/ PAR 72/ March 23-25, 2019

Saugahatchee Country Club/ Opelika, Ala./First Round Florida State Results

T6/14-Florida State, 293
T8- Puk Lyng Thomsen, 71
T10- Beatrice Wallin, 72
T42- Amanda Doherty, 75
T42- Frida Kinhult, 75
T50- Amelia Williamson, 76
T62- Caroline Hodge (individual), 78

EVANS DERBY EXPERIENCE/ PAR 72/ March 23-25, 2019
Saugahatchee Country Club/ Opelika, Ala./First Round Florida Team Results
1- Arkansas, 285
2- Florida, 288
T3- Texas, 290
T3- Auburn, 290
5- Kent State, 292
T6- Florida State, 293
T6- Duke, 293
8- Mississippi State, 294
T9- South Carolina, 296
T9, Baylor, 296
11- Alabama, 301
12- Louisville, 302
T13- Clemson, 305
T13- Ole Miss, 305

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