May 21, 2023 - by

W. Golf: Seminoles Advance To Fourth Round At NCAA Championship

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Florida State is in fifth place in the team standings and has advanced to the fourth and final round of stroke play at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships at the Grayhawk Golf Club.  The Seminoles begin play on Monday looking to maintain their place in the top eight of the team standings in order to advance to the match play round for the second consecutive year.  The match play semifinals begin on Tuesday.

Three rounds of match play will be contested on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the 2023 NCAA Division I team champion.

Florida State’s fifth place finish is the best three-round finish in program history at the NCAA Championship Finals after finishing in sixth place in 2022.  The Seminoles are just one of five teams along with Stanford, LSU, Texas and South Carolina to advance to the fourth and final stroke play round in each of the last three season.  Florida State has finished in the top 12 of the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championship Finals in each of the last five tournaments (T12th, 2018; 12th, 2019; 8th, 2020; 6th, 2022; 5th, 2023).

“That was a really, really good round of golf by each member of our team,” said Head Coach Amy Bond.  “That was a tough day of golf.  The hole locations were the most difficult they have been, and the greens were as firm as they’ve been all week.  It’s great to be playing another day – it’s the only way you can win a national championship.  We’ve gone from one in 266 (NCAA Division I teams) to begin the season, to one in 30 to begin the week, and now we are one of 15 who can win a national championship.”

Senior Charlotte Heath is in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings with a three-round total of 5 under par 211.  She carded a 3 under par score of 69 in Sunday’s third round.  Heath tied her tournament best with five birdies in the third round to raise her total to 13 birdies in the first three rounds of the championship.  She carded a birdie on her third hole of the round to go under par and stayed under par for the remainder of the round.  Heath earned birdies on three of her first nine and two of her final six holes.

“That was a special round of golf played by Charlotte today,” said Bond.  “She made putts when she had to, and I know she is happy with where her game is right now.”

Heath was announced last week as a finalist for the ANNIKA Award as the nation’s top player.

Heath’s round of 69 marked the third player who has carded the low round for the Seminoles in the first three rounds of the championship – Lottie Woad with a 70 in the first round, Amelia Williamson with a 68 in the second round, and Heath’s 69 in the third round.

“Our play this week has been a total team effort,” said Bond.  “We’ve had a different player with the low round in each of the first three rounds.  That’s truly the epitome of this team, and I’m very proud of the girls for how they’ve approached this championship.”

“We’ve played well so far this week,” said Heath.  “But, this tournament is not over yet.  We are trying to keep on getting better as the week goes on.”

Freshman Lottie Woad carded an even par 72 and is through the first three rounds with an even par score of 216.  She is in a tie for 25th place in the individual standings.  Woad carded two birdies and 17 holes at par or better in Sunday.  She was 2 under par with two birdies on her final six holes of the round.

Woad was named as one of 10 finalists for the National Freshman of the Year awarded by the WGCA.

Florida State’s Amelia Williamson, the lone senior in the Seminoles’ lineup, carded a third round score of 75 and finished the first three rounds with a 1 over par score of 271.  She is in a tie for 30th place.  Freshman Madison Hewlett carded her second consecutive score of 73 – her second of back-to-back scores that counted toards the Seminoles’ overall team score.

Florida State will play with Southern California and South Carolina on Monday from hole No. 1 beginning at 1:55 ET.

NCAA Division I Championship Finals/May 19-24, 2023
Grayhawk Country Club/Scottsdale, Ariz./Par 72
5/30.-Florida State, 863
T6.-Charlotte Heath, 211
T25.-Lottie Woad, 216
T30.-Amelia Williamson, 217
T117.-Alice Hodge, 230
S.-Madison Hewlett, 146
S.-Kaylah Williams, 78

NCAA Division I Championship Finals/May 19-24, 2023
Grayhawk Country Club/Scottsdale, Ariz./Par 72
1-.Stanford, 851
T2.-Wake Forest, 858
T2.-Texas, 858
4.-Southern Cal, 862
5.-Florida State, 863
6.-South Carolina, 864
T7.-Arizona, 869
T7.-Texas A&M, 869
T9.-Pepperdine, 870
T9.-Georgia, 870
11.-Oklahoma State, 871
12.-New Mexico, 876
13.-LSU, 877
14.-Mississippi State, 880
15.-SMU, 881
16.-San Jose State, 882
17-Baylor, 883
T18.-Michigan State, 885
T18.-Duke, 885
20.-TCU, 886
21.-Texas Tech, 890
T22.-Northwestern, 892
T22.-Oregon State, 892
T24.-Clemson, 893
24.-Virginia, 893
26.-Augusta, 896
27.-Vanderbilt, 897
28.-Ole Miss, 898
29.-Tulsa, 914
30.-NC State, 917

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