GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Junior Beatrice Wallin is in second place in the individual standings, and the No. 8 ranked Florida State Women’s Golf Team is in third place in the team standings with one round remaining to be played in the 32nd Annual ACC Women’s Golf Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club. Wallin is bidding to become the first Seminole to win the ACC individual championship while the Seminoles have put themselves in a solid position to advance to match play following Friday’s third and final round of stroke play.
With one round left to be played (beginning at 9:00 on Friday morning), the Seminoles are looking to finish in one of the top four positions in the team standings. Following the conclusion of Friday’s third round of stroke play, the top four teams will advance to match play with two semifinals matches played on Saturday and the championship final played on Sunday. It’s the first year the ACC has played a stroke play-match play format to determine its champion in women’s golf.
The Seminoles played solid golf throughout the day as they finished at par in the first round (288) and just one stroke over par in the second round (289).
The individual champion is crowned following Friday’s third round of stroke play. In addition, the individual champion is automatically named to the 2021 All-ACC team. The Seminoles have three players currently in the top 10 of the individual standings – Wallin (2), freshman Charlotte Heath (T5) and junior Amelia Williamson (T10).
Wake Forest is the team leader with a one stroke lead over Duke. The Demon Deacons took the lead late in the second round and hold the slimmest of margins (one stroke) in leading the Blue Devils. Florida State is just 12 stroke behind Wake Forest and 10 behind Duke. The Seminoles are in third and Virginia Tech is in fourth place. The Seminoles are six strokes ahead of the Hokies and 13 strokes ahead of Virginia as the teams play for the four match play spots.
“The girls hung in there really well today,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “It’s not easy to play 36 holes; I am very proud of their effort today. We have put ourselves in position to make a run at the lead after stroke play and that was certainly our goal entering the championship. I am really excited about the possibilities for this team during the remainder of the week.”
Wallin carded scores of 67-71 and has a two-round total of 138. She is just one stroke behind Duke’s Gina Kim with carded scores of 68-69 in the first two rounds. Wallin played strong golf all day with eight birdies and the sixth eagle of her career in the second round. She played with a clean card in the first round as she totaled five birdies and all 18 holes played at par or better.
Wallin’s score of 67 in the first round was tied for the lowest score of the day. She was one of four golfers in the 60-player field who carded under par scores in both rounds on Thursday.
“Beatrice played good golf today,” said Bond. “She hit 32 of 36 greens – and these greens are Augusta (National) fast. I’m excited to see how she finishes tomorrow – she playing with a great deal of confidence.”
Heath carded scores of 72-70 and has a two-round total of 144 and is in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings. In finishing at even par in the second round, she carded five birdies and was never more than one stroke above par during the round. Heath closed well as she was one stroke under par on her last five holes with two birdies.
Williamson, who is now averaging a career-best 72.82 strokes in six events this spring, carded a 1 under par 71 in the second round and is in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings with 18 holes left to play. She totaled four birdies in the second round including one on her final hole of the afternoon to drop her back below par for the round. Williamson was three stokes below par with three birdies on her first seven holes of the round and totaled seven birdies in the first two rounds of play.
Williamson will play for the second top-10 individual finish of her career on Friday. She finished in a career-best tied for second place in the Florida State Match-Up in February of 2021.
Playing in her first ACC Championship, freshman Alice Hodge carded a 75 in the second round. She totaled three birdies over the second set of 18 holes and four total birdies through her first 36 holes of the championship.
Florida State will play with Wake Forest and Duke in the final round with tee times beginning at 9:50 a.m.