PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (seminoles.com) — The Seminoles fought hard in the final round of the ACC Women’s Match Championship, but ultimately came up short, 3-1-1, in their defeat to Wake Forest. Charlotte Heath led the Florida State team as she captured a 3&1 win against her Wake Forest competitor, the only victory for the Seminoles in Sunday’s match play.
“Congratulations to Wake Forest, they are a deserving champion,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “I am extremely proud of my girls for the play, their perseverance and for giving it all they had throughout the week here in Pawleys Island. We played great golf all week long. We are excited for the next couple of weeks as we will host regionals at home. The regional in Tallahassee is going to be a great weekend of golf for our program, our players and our fans.”
Heath continued her strong play in the match play event, defeating Carolina Lopez-Chacarra, 3&1. Heath, once again, started her run early, ending the front-nine 3UP on her opponent, capturing five birdies solely on the front after having back-to-back-to-back birdies on holes 3, 4, and 5. Lopez-Chacarra put up great play on the back-nine, nearly evening the match on hole 15, but Heath put an end to the match after having back-to-back birdies on holes 16 and 17, finishing the match 3&1.
Amelia Williamson had a tough battle in her final round of the ACC match play event. After starting her lead early, with a par on hole 1 to go 1UP and a birdie on hole 6 to advance to 2UP, she continued her lead up until hole 14 where the match got evened by Wake Forests’ Rachel Kuehn. Williamson returned her lead with a par on hole 15, but ultimately lost the match when Kuehn captured a birdie on hole 17 and an eagle on the final hole.
The Florida State senior played great golf throughout the entire weekend, leading the team into Sunday’s finals with her 7&5 win on Saturday.
Alice Hodge and her Wake Forest competitor, Lauren Walsh, went back and forth the entire final round. Hodge, like her Seminole teammates, got the lead early on with a par on hole 3 and kept the 1UP lead until hole 7 when her opponent birdied the par 3. The tie remained until hole 13 with Walsh in the lead, but Hodge used her competitive play to bring the match back to even and into the final hole. Although Hodge made a par on hole 18, her opponent birdied the par 5 and won the match 1UP.
Although the sophomore did not secure a victory, she is still at an impressive 6-2 record for match play in just two seasons as a Seminole.
Beatrice Wallin fell to her opponent, Virunpa Olankitkunchai, who won the match 2&1. Wallin finished the front-nine at 1UP, and at one point had a 2UP lead before the turn. Her competitor played under-par on the back-nine and ended the match on hole 17 at 2UP.
Cecilie Finne-Ipsen fought to the end and tied her opponent, Mimi Rhodes, after eagling the last hole of the matchup. Finne-Ipsen came back from a 3 hole deficit, with Rhodes being 3UP on hole 13, after having a hole-in-one on the par 3, hole 12. The Seminoles senior enjoyed even-par golf on the latter part of her back-nine, securing the tie after beating her opponent with an eagle on the final hole.
Although this was a tough loss for the Seminoles, this being their eighth runner-up finish since joining the league in 1992, Florida State will be back in Tallahassee to enjoy a home-course advantage for the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championships on May 9-11. Be sure to keep updated on their journey on Instagram, @fsugolf, and check into golfstat.com for live stats.
Florida State (1) vs. Wake Forest (3) 3-1-1
Rachel Kuehn (WFU) def. Amelia Williamson (FSU), 1UP
Charlotte Heath (FSU) def. Carolina Lopez Chacarra (WFU), 3&1
Lauren Walsh (WFU) def. Alice Hodge (FSU), 1UP
Virunpat Olknkikunchi (WFU) def. Beatrice Wallin (FSU), 2&1
Cecilie Finne-Ipsen (FSU) vs. Mimi Rhodes (WFU), tied
(in order of finish)