TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The No. 9 ranked Florida State Women’s Golf team will participate in the NCAA Regional Championships for the school record 15th consecutive tournament as the NCAA Women’s Golf Committee announced the 72 teams and 24 individuals who will play at the four regional championship sites to begin the 2021 NCAA Division I Championship. The Seminoles were selected to play as the No. 2 seed in the University of Louisville Regional. Play in all four regionals is set for May 10-12.
The top six finishing teams and the top three individuals on the non-advancing teams will then advance to play in the NCAA Championship Finals round beginning Friday, May 21 with four rounds of stroke play leading into three rounds of match play to decide the 2021 National Championship team. The National Championship Finals will be played at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“I’m really happy for our girls to be selected to play in the NCAA Regional Championships,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “We have asked so much of our players in the last year and regionals is one of the events that has enabled our girls to stay focused throughout the pandemic. Now that the field has been set, I feel there has been a weight lifted from our shoulders. After a year without a national tournament in 2020 we are thrilled to be back in the hunt for a national championship in 2021.”
Florida State enters the NCAA Regional Championship after finishing as the runner-up at the ACC Championship. The Seminoles finished in third place after three rounds of stroke play, defeated Wake Forest in the semifinals of match play and fell to Duke in the match play championship. It marked the fourth consecutive season the Seminoles have finished in second place in the ACC Championship.
Ranked No. 1 in the nation during two weeks in March, and in the top-10 nationally throughout the entire spring, Florida State enters the NCAA Championship playing its best golf. The Seminoles earned the team championship at the Pinetree Collegiate in March and totaled four top three finishes in its six events. The Seminoles finished in fourth place at the season-opening Moon Invitational and finished out of the top five just once this spring.
Bond and the Seminoles will play with the same lineup they have utilized with so much success this spring. The lineup consists of two juniors (Beatrice Wallin and Amelia Williamson) and three freshmen (Charlotte Heath, Alice Hodge and Taylor Roberts) – each of whom has represented the Seminoles in their six matches this spring.
“We are absolutely confident with our lineup entering the regional,” said Bond. “Each of the girls has played well, improved and represented Florida State incredibly well both on and off the golf course. We have leadership from our junior class and three freshmen who have gained experience in a number of different situations this season. At this point in the season I feel like we have gained some great experience and look forward to the opportunities in the post season.”
Wallin, who leads the ACC in stroke average, will play in her second career NCAA Regional Championship after finishing in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings at the 2019 NCAA Auburn Regional. She carded scores of 71-73-73 to help the Seminoles to a second place team finish in the regional.
“I think the whole team is excited about going to regionals,” said Wallin. “I feel like this team is ready for whichever region we are selected to play in. We are going to do our best and hopefully we’ll get to play in the final. We are all looking forward a great week at regionals.
Wallin enters the NCAA Regional Championship with a career-low 70.28 stroke average and four top-10 finishes in six events this spring. She won her first two individual championships at the Florida State Match Up in February and at the Pinetree Collegiate. Wallin’s junior year average ranks as the best in school history while her career average of 71.97 ranks second in the Seminoles’ record book.
Williamson, who is also enjoying the best season of her career, enters her second career NCAA Regional Championship averaging a career-low 73.11 strokes in six events. She finished in a tie for second place at the Florida State Match Up to earn the first top-10 finish of her career. Williamson has earned a career-best three top-15 finishes this season (T2 at the Florida State Match-Up; T13 at the Pinetree Collegiate; T14 at the Valspar Augusta Invitational). She finished in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings at the 2019 NCAA Auburn Regional Championship.
“The postseason is very different in that we do not have school and can concentrate just on golf,” said Williamson. “I am approaching regionals the same way I do other tournaments. I do not want to force things because at the end of the day it is just another tournament. I am focusing on the present and that is the most beneficial approach for me.
“I am excited to play my second regional and I’m looking forward to another great week travelling with the team. It was heartbreaking for the regionals and the finals to be cancelled last year; I am grateful for the opportunity to compete for a national championship.”
Cecilie Finne-Ipsen, who signed a Grant in Aid to attend Florida State, was selected to play in the NCAA Louisville Regional Championship as the No. 4 seeded individual in the region.
NCAA LOUISVILLE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD (in order of regional seed): South Carolina, FLORIDA STATE, Auburn, Texas, Arkansas, Texas Tech, UCLA, Michigan State, UCF, Tennessee, North Florida, Louisville, Texas San Antonio, Mercer, College of Charleston, Xavier, James Madison, Fairleigh Dickinson.