PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Florida State defeated Duke, 4-1-0, in the semifinals of match play, and will play in Sunday’s ACC Women’s Golf Championship title match at the Reserve at Pawleys Island. The Seminoles will face Wake Forest in the Championship Match beginning Sunday at 9:00 am. Florida State earned victories from Amelia Williamson, Alice Hodge and Charlotte Heath to advance to the ACC championship match for the second consecutive season. Heath defeated Duke’s Erica Shepherd, 4&2, to clinch the match for the Seminoles.
Florida State will play on Sunday in search of its first ACC Championship. The Seminoles have finished as the runners-up seven times since joining the league in 1992 – including each of the last four tournaments (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021).
“We played some really, really good golf today,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “They all went out, were the aggressors, took control early and never looked back. Each of the girls was in command of her game and they did what they had to do to beat a very good Duke team.”
Williamson, who finished as Florida State’s leader in the ACC stroke play championship, earned a 7&5 win over Duke’s Anne Chen to give the Seminoles an early 1-0 advantage. The senior from Norfolk, England won her the second hole of the day and was off to the races. Williamson earned a three hole lead at the turn, and won her first four holes on the backside of the course to win the match.
“I played very solid golf today with nine pars and four birdies, and struck the ball really well,” said Williamson. “I feel very confident going in to tomorrow and can’t wait for the championship match to start.”
Williamson has won three of her last four match play events with two wins coming against Duke opponents, including Saturday’s win against Anne Chen.
Hodge earned the second point of the match for the Seminoles with a 3&2 win over Duke’s Megan Furtney. She and Furtney were tied after nine holes but the Seminole sophomore took charge after making the turn to the back nine. Hodge won three of the first five holes on the back nine and never looked back in gaining the victory.
Hodge has now won five consecutive match play events and has a 6-1 record in match play in her first two seasons as a Seminole. She has win each of her last three match play events against players from the ACC and has a 5-1 mark in match play against ACC opponents.
Heath clinched the match for the Seminoles with a 4&2 win over Duke’s Erica Shepherd. The sophomore, who earned All-ACC and All-America Honorable Mention honors in 2021, never trailed in her match as she won her first hole of the day and built her lead from there. Heath led by as many as three strokes and closed out her victory as she halved hole No 16 to put the match out of reach from her Duke opponent.
“Tomorrow is Easter Sunday which is a very special day,” said Bond. “Hopefully we can play great golf and do something very special ourselves.”
Florida State (4) vs. Duke (1)
Amelia Williamson (FSU) def. Anne Chen (D), 7&5
Alice Hodge (FSU) def. Megan Furtney (D), 3&2
Charlotte Heath (FSU) def. Erica Shepherd (D), 4&2
Beatrice Wallin (FSU) vs. Rylie Heflin (D) tied
Cecilie-Finne-Ipsen (FSU) vs. Phoebe Brinker (D), tied