GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Despite their best efforts and playing their best golf of the week, the No. 5 Florida State Women’s Golf Team fell to No. 2 Duke, 5-0, in the match play finals of the ACC Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club. The Seminoles finished third in stroke play, advanced to the finals of match play and finished as the ACC runners-up for the fourth consecutive year.
“Our congratulations certainly go to Coach Brooks and each of his players,” said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond. “They played great golf today and are great champions of our league.
“This was a great week for our team and each of our players. We came here knowing that we are a good team, and though we didn’t achieve our goal of winning the ACC Championship, we became better golfers and coaches. Each of our five players in this event learned a lot about themselves. As we move into regionals and beyond, we will take advantage of the lessons we learned and be an even better team. I’m not sure if I have ever been more proud as a coach after watching our girls show what an elite group of players they are.”
The Seminoles were on the cusp of winning the championship as the final three matches drew to their conclusions. Junior Beatrice Wallin was within one hole in her match against Gina Kim with four holes remaining. Freshman Charlotte Heath was leading her match with two holes to play and freshman Alice Hodge rallied to tie her match with just two holes to play.
“We were right there,” said Bond. “Because we were right there in this match, we’ll take our experiences and be able to finish of those matches the next time we are in this position.”
Among the highlights for the Seminoles were an eagle (score of 2 on the par 4 hole No. 9) and an albatross (a score of 2 in the par 5 hole No. 15) by Hodge who played in her first career ACC Championship.
The pairing that featured the ACC individual champion (Gina Kim of Duke) and the ACC runner-up (Florida State’s Wallin) saw some of the best golf of the championship match. Wallin took an early lead with a win on hole No. 2, but Kim responded with three consecutive wins on holes 3-5. Wallin cut the deficit to one with a par on No. 14 before Kim birdied the par 5 15th hole to go back up by two. Kim then parred No. 16 to close out a 3&2 win and secure Duke’s third title in the last four championships.
Next up for the Seminoles is the announcement of the teams who will participate in the four NCAA Regional Championship sites, May 10-12, 2021. The teams will be announced on April 28 with participants begin sent to four sites: Baton Rouge, La. (LSU host, University Club), Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State host, OSU Golf Course, Scarlet Course), Louisville, Ky. (University of Louisville host, University of Louisville Golf Course), and Stanford, Calif. (Stanford University host, Stanford Golf Course). The NCAA National Finals will take place in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Grayhawk Golf Club, May 21-26.
Florida State will play host to the 2021 NCAA Tallahassee Regional at the Legacy Golf Course, May 9-11, 2022.
The Seminoles will play in the NCAA Regional Championships for the 15th consecutive time, including the 11th consecutive under Bond. The Seminoles have played in the NCAA regionals in each of Bond’s 11 seasons as the head coach at Florida State.
Florida State vs. Duke (Final Results)
Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C.
ACC Championship Finals (in order of finish)
Phoebe Brinker (D) def. Amelia Williamson (FSU), 5&4
Jaravee Boonchant (D) def. Taylor Roberts (FSU), 6&5
Gina Kim (D) def. Beatrice Wallin (FSU), 3&2
Anne Chen (D) def. Charlotte Heath, 1UP
Erica Shepherd (D) def. Alice Hodge, 2UP