February 22, 2022 - by

W. Golf Wins Moon Invitational Championship

MELBOURNE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Three Seminoles – Charlotte Heath, Beatrice Wallin and Amelia Williamson – finished in the top 10 of the individual standings, and the Florida State Women’s Golf team won the team championship at the Moon Invitational at the Suntree Country Club.  Heath (fourth), Wallin (tied for fifth), and Williamson (ninth) all finished under par in leading the Seminoles to their first team championship of the spring season, their second of the year (they also combined with the Seminole men to win the Barbara Nicklaus Classic in October) and their 16th under Head Coach Amy Bond.

Florida State will take the confidence and momentum from winning the Moon Invitational into its home tournament – the Florida State Match Up – that the Seminoles will host on the Seminole Legacy Golf Course beginning this coming Friday (Feb. 25-27).

The Seminoles led wire-to-wire and earned a six-stroke victory over Virginia and a seven-stroke victory over LSU.  The Seminoles earned victories over eight teams ranked in the top 25 of the GolfWeek national rankings: No. 3 South Carolina, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 8 Alabama, No. 9 Virginia, No. 16 Duke, No. 18 Auburn, No. 20 LSU and No. 22 Baylor.

Ingrid Lindblad of LSU won the individual championship with a 10-under par score of 206.  She totaled a 66 in the first round and a 67 in the second round to take over first place on day one of the event.

W. Golf Wins Moon Invitational Championship

“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Bond.  “All of the girls did a great job of staying in the moment.  We had them work hard this off-season and this was a good week for each of them.  The wind blew again today, but they all put themselves in good positions where they could score.  The finishing holes (14-18) on this course are difficult; but the stayed patient and made pars when they needed to.”

Heath finished in fourth place in the individual standings with scores of 70-70-70 and a three-round total of 6 under par 210.  It marked the first time in her collegiate career that she has finished with three scores under par in the same tournament.  Heath’s 210 score was within one stroke of tying her career best for a three-round tournament, as she carded a 7 under par 209 in finishing in fifth place at the 2021 Moon Invitational.

“Winning a championship feels great,” said Heath.  “We’ve all put in a lot of hard work over the off-season.  It’s great to see it paying off. We’re all really excited to play at home, so hopefully it will be another good week.”

Heath averages 69.80 strokes in six rounds during two career Moon Invitational appearances.  She has carded five consecutive rounds under par and six straight rounds at par or better in the event.  Heath was one of two golfers in the 84-player field to carded three rounds of under par golf across the three days and three rounds played.

Wallin continued to play as her All-America self as she finished with scores of 70-73-68 for the three round total of 5 under par 211.  She was tied for the best round of the day, a 4 under par 68, in the final round.  Wallin carded the seventh eagle of her Seminole career on the final hole of the tournament to being her score to a 68.

“I think this is huge for our confidence heading to our home tournament,” said Wallin.  “We all have worked really hard this off season.  It’s great to see that it paid off with a tournament win.”

Wallin has now earned eight career-top five and 13 career top-10 finishes.  She earned three consecutive top-10 finishes to close out the spring 2021 season, including a tied for ninth place finish in the NCAA Championship Finals.  Wallin has now earned two top 10 finishes in the Moon Invitational after finishing in a tie for sixth place in the event in the spring of 2021.

Williamson continued to play her best golf as a senior as she earned her third consecutive top-10 finish with scores of 72-70-71 for a three round total of 3 under par 213.

Williamson is a total of 13 strokes under par in her last three tournaments with a tied for ninth place finish at the 2022 Moon Invitational, a tie for fourth place finish at the spring 2021 Landfall Tradition and a tied for 10th place finish at the fall 2021 Jim West Challenge.  Williamson has finished with below par scores in eight of her last nine rounds played since shooting a 69 in the first round of the fall 2021 Jim West Challenge.

Junior Elle Johnson totaled scores of 74-74-72 for a three round total of 4 over par 220.  She came within one stroke of tying her career best score for a three round championship as she finished in a career-best tying tied for 26th place in the individual standings.  Alice Hodge finished the event with consecutive scores of 76 and a 226 total for the 54 holes played.

“Our confidence is high heading into the Match Up,” said Bond.  “We are all very excited about playing at home, on our home course, and in front of our fans.  We are really looking forward to a great week at the Seminole Legacy.”

Moon Invitational/February 20-22, 2022
Suntree Country Club/Melbourne, Fla./Par 72
1/15-Florida State, 854
4-Charlotte Heath, 210
T5-Beatrice Wallin, 211
9-Amelia Williamson, 213
T26-Elle Johnson, 220
T60-Alice Hodge, 226
 
Moon Invitational/February 20-22, 2022
Suntree Country Club/Melbourne, Fla./Par 72
1-Florida State, 854
2-Virginia, 860
3-LSU, 861
4-Alabama, 862
5-UCF-863
6-Florida, 870
T7-Auburn, 871
T7-South Carolina, 871
9-Arkansas, 878
T10-Baylor, 882
T10-Duke, 882
12-North Carolina, 884
13-Louisville, 892
14-Augusta, 899
15-Miami, 915

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