February 21, 2023 - by

W. Golf: Woad Finishes 3rd To Lead FSU at Moon Invitational

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Florida State’s Lottie Woad finished in third place with a 10 under par score of 206, and the Florida State Women’s Golf Team finished in 11th place in the team standings as play in the Moon Invitational on the Classic Course at the Suntree Country Club came to a close.  Woad’s final score of 206 tied her personal best, while her score vs. par of minus 10 ranked as a personal best in just the sixth tournament of her Florida State career. 

Woad’s third place finish marked her fifth top four individual finish in the first six events of her career.  She has now finished in a tie for first (Ivy Intercollegiate), third (Moon Invitational), tied for fourth three times (Cougar Classic, Landfall Tradition and the Collegiate Invitational) and in eighth once (Schooner Fall Classic) during her freshman season at Florida State.  She is a cumulative total of minus 32 below par as a Seminole. 

The Seminoles were led on the leader board in the third round by junior Charlotte Heath who carded a 5 under par score of 67, Woad who carded a 1 under par 71, and Alice Hodge who carded an even par 72.  The Seminoles carded a 9 under par team score of 279 in the final round of the tournament – the second-best score of the final round.  Michigan State, which finished in fourth place in the team standings, totaled a team score of 12 under par 276.  The Spartans finished with a 14 under par team total of 850.

LSU won the championship by a whopping margin of nine strokes over Northwestern.  The Lady Tigers finished 30 shots under par and led the team race from wire to wire in winning the title.  Leila Rines of Michigan State and Maribel Ting of Augusta finished as the co-medalists with identical scores of 13 under par 203. 

“We put our backs against the wall, and showed what we can do as we put up the second-best team round of the final day,” said Head Coach Amy Bond.  “As the conditions got harder, we got better.  Today’s round was a great team effort.  Now it’s time to regroup and have a couple of good weeks of practice before we play in the Augusta Invitational.”

In earning her second top-three career finish, Woad finished the event with scores of 66-69-71 for a 54-hole total of 206.  Her score of 206 tied her personal-best mark for a three round collegiate event.  She also carded a 206 in finishing in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings in the Cougar Classic — her first career event.  She has now finished below par in five of her six career tournaments.

In the final round of the Moon, Woad carded three birdies to bring her tournament total to 15 – tied for the third-highest total among the 97 players in the championship.  She was above par for just one hole in the entirety of the Moon Invitational. 

Heath played the best golf of the final round for the Seminoles, with a team-leading 5 under par score of 67.  She totaled scores of 74-71-67 for a three-round total of 4 under par 212.  Heath totaled a 4 under par total of 138 in the final two rounds of the tournament.  Heath totaled six birdies in the final round – one more than she totaled in the first two rounds, as she finished with the best single round score of the spring season.

Heath finished in a tie for 17th place in the individual standings to gain her 19th career top-20 finish.  She has played in 24 career events and has finished outside of the top-20 just five times.

Senior Amelia Williamson carded a 3 under par score of 69 in the final round and finished with scores of 72-75-69 for an even par total of 216.  She totaled rounds of even par or better in the first and third rounds, and finished in a tie for 32nd place in the individual standings.  Wiliamson’s score of 69 in the final round helped her move up 30 positions in the standings from the end of the second round to the end of the third round. 

Junior Alice Hodge played her best golf of the event as she finished with an even par score of 72.  She carded her sixth career eagle on hole No. 18 in the third round.  

Florida State continues its spring season as it travels to play in the Valspar Augusta Invitational at the Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. March 11-12, 2023. 

Moon Invitational/Classic Course/Feb. 19-21, 2023
Suntree Country Club/Melbourne, Fla./Par 72
11/17.-Florida State, 856
3.-Lottie Woad, 206
T17.-Charlotte Heath, 212
T32.-Amelia Williamson, 216
T66.-Alice Hodge, 222
T86.-Kaylah Williams, 232
91.-Katherine Cook, 237*
*playing as an individual

Moon Invitational/Classic Course/Feb. 19-21, 2023
Suntree Country Club/Melbourne, Fla./Par 72
1.-LSU, 834
2.-Northwestern, 843
3.-Florida, 836
4.-Auburn, 849
6-.Michigan State, 850
T7.-Clemson, 854
T7.-Arkansas, 855
T7.-Vanderbilt, 855
T7.-UCF, 855
T7.-Michigan, 855

11.-Florida State, 856
12.-North Carolina, 866
13.-Alabama, 877
14.-Virginia Tech, 878
15.-Louisville, 879
16.-Augusta, 880
17.-Miami, 909

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