TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Frida Kinhult (Sweden), Puk Lyng Thomsen (Denmark) and Beatrice Wallin (Sweden), who all helped the Seminole Women’s Golf Team to a No. 9 National Ranking by Golfstat during the 2019 season, begin play in the 2019 European Ladies Team Championship Tuesday at the Molas Golf Club in Italy. All three Seminoles are making their second consecutive appearances as representatives of their respective home countries.
Kinhult, as the 2018 individual champion, and Sweden, as the 2018 team champion, enter the five-day tournament as the defending champions. Kinhult won the 2018 championship with a 14-under par score during stroke play and Sweden defeated France to win the team championship. Wallin was also a member of the Sweden’s 2018 Championship-winning team and won the match that clinched the title for her home country. Thomsen helped Denmark to a fourth place finish in stroke play and a third place finish in the final standings in the 2018 championship.
Sweden and Denmark are among 20 teams that will compete for the team championships on one of the world’s most famous golf courses. The course has played host to four Italian Opens and one European Volvo Masters. The teams are scheduled to play two rounds of stroke play and three rounds of match play beginning July 9 and concluding with the championship match on July 13.
Kinhult enters the championship as the No. 1 ranked Amateur golfer in the world in the World Amateur. Wallin is ranked No. 45 and Thomsen No. 201.
“Having three Seminoles playing is this event and representing their countries is huge for our program,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “It’s an incredible to have our players competing with and against the best players in Europe. As we continue to work each day to improve our program, the experience they earn from playing and competing for championships on this level is invaluable to them. Playing in these types events over the summer makes them better players which helps our program continue to grow.”
Each of the 20 participating teams are made up of six players. Over the first two days, all players will complete two rounds of individual stroke play, with the five lowest scores from the teams’ six players counting towards their aggregate total each day. The top eight teams after the first two days will qualify for Flight A of the match play rounds and compete for places 1-8 over the final three days. The teams finishing outside the top eight in the stroke play qualifying will compete for final position (9 to 16 or higher depending on the number of teams).
In the match play stages, countries go head to head. In each match play flight or bracket, teams are seeded: the top qualifier from the stroke play rounds will start by playing the bottom qualifier in that flight, the second highest qualifier the second-worst qualifier and so on. If a team loses in the first round of match play, they will then compete with the other three defeated teams for positions 5-8 of their flight. If a team wins in the first round, they will then compete for the top four position in their bracket on days four and five.
Kinhult, Thomsen and Wallin helped lead Florida State to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2019. The Seminoles earned two tournament championships (at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Evans Derby Experience). The Seminoles finished in 12th place in the NCAA Championship Finals at The Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark. Florida State finished in second place in the ACC Championship for the third consecutive season and in second place in the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship.