BATON ROUGE, La. (seminoles.com) – Florida State Head Coach Amy Bond hopes that playing for the Seminoles’ third win of the spring at the 39th Annual LSU Tiger Classic will be a charm.
The No. 4 ranked Seminoles, who spent two weeks as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team earlier this spring, have been ranked in the nation’s top-five since winning the Florida State Match-Up in February. Florida State has won two team championships in four events (Florida State Match-Up on the Florida State Legacy Course and at the Pinetree Collegiate), earned four top four team finishes and is 36 strokes under par as a team in four events this spring.
On top of her team’s success this spring, Bond enters the LSU Tiger Classic having led the Seminoles to 13 team championships during her tenure as Florida State’s Head Coach. The program record for wins by a head coach is 14.
But Bond, a veteran of collegiate golf as both a player and a coach, knows that nothing is given, that past performances are not a promise of future success, and that every tournament takes on its own personality.
“We’ve had a really good season, with both team and individual successes,” said Bond. “As we approach this tournament and move into the postseason, we have to continue to rely on the things that have gotten us here: being consistent, staying in the moment, staying within ourselves, and hitting the next shot.”
Those four tenants will be on the minds of each of the five Seminoles this week as they play in the SEC-dominated LSU tournament on the par 72, 6,350-yard course at the renowned University Club. The field consists of 14 teams – 12 from the SEC along with Florida State and Pepperdine.
At No. 4 Florida State is the highest ranked team in the field. The Seminoles will compete against 11 of the top 50 teams in the nation including No. 5 Ole Miss, No. 10 LSU, No. 11 Auburn, No 12 Arkansas, No. 14 Georgia, No. 21 Florida, No. 26 Alabama, No. 28 Vanderbilt, No. 32 Kentucky, and No. 34 Tennessee.
“We certainly have our work cut out for us,” said Bond. “We’ve put ourselves in a good position as we begin our postseason push and each of our girls is in a good place mentally as we begin play on Tuesday. One of the things we have prepared ourselves for is the event format – 36 holes on Tuesday and 18 on Wednesday. That’s how we have played most of our tournaments this spring, and we have grown comfortable playing two rounds on the first day.”
Consistency within the Seminoles’ lineup is one aspect of their games the Seminoles will bring with them into the event. Florida State’s lineup includes the same five golfers it has earned success with this spring: juniors Beatrice Wallin and Amelia Williamson along with freshmen Charlotte Heath, Alice Hodge and Taylor Roberts.
That quintet has earned 11 top-10 individual finishes (at least one by each of the five golfers) and two individual titles (two by Wallin at the Florida State Match-Up and the Pinetree Collegiate). They have combined for 22 under par rounds 13 rounds in the 60’s, and a pair of school-record tying scores of 65 (one by Wallin and one by Heath).
They’ve combined to shoot nine of 12 team rounds below par and have posted four consecutive under par team scores.
Wallin enters the LSU Tiger Classic fresh from a tied for 10th place finish at the Second Annual Augusta National Women’s Amateur where she carded a three-round score of 220. The 22-year old, who celebrated her birthday during Monday’s practice round, is the only player to finish in the top-10 of the ANWA both times it has been played.
As Florida State plays for its third team win of the season (and second consecutive title), Wallin has her sights set on her second straight and third individual victory of the season. The Seminoles most recently won three titles in one season in spring 2017 at the Florida State Match-Up, The Dickson Invitational, and the Clemson Invitational, and last won back-to-back championships during spring of 2019 at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Evans Derby Invitational. The last Seminole to win consecutive individual titles was Morgane Metraux in spring of 2017 at the Florida State Match-Up and the Dickson. Wallin is looking to become the first Seminole to earn three titles in the same season (spring or fall) in school history.