PANAMA CITY, Fla. (Seminoles.com) The Florida State Women’s Golf Team finished in second-place in the team standings at the sixth Annual Florida State Match-Up at the Bay Point Golf Club.
“It’s a tough complex to play so all of the girls deserve a round of applause for hanging in there and getting better as the day went on because the conditions were extremely difficult on a difficult golf course,” said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond.
Sophomore Beatrice Wallin maintained consistent play throughout the tournament and finished in second place. In the third round she carded three birdies for a score of 73.
“I’ve been playing really well this spring. Over the winter I focused on practicing my swing and the technique and it just feels really good to be playing well,” said Wallin.
Senior Amanda Doherty jumped four spots on the leaderboard in the third round. A birdie on hole 16 secured her fourth-place finish after consistently scoring even par all day. She only scored over par once.
Teammate Sandra Salonen made a huge jump on the leaderboard in the third round of play. She finished even par with 3 birdies for a total of 72 on the round. She advanced 16 spots to finish in a tie for 19th place.
“I thought Sandra had a good comeback today,” said Bond. “She struggled a little bit in the first round but got better each round and I’m super proud of her for that.”
LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad claimed the individual title with scores 71-72-69 for a total of 212 and the LSU Tigers scored 22 over par to claim the team title with a total score of 886 – a 14-stroke lead over runner-up Florida State.
The champions of the match-up format are LSU & Clemson with a combined score of 1117. This style of play is a unique and fun way for the girls to learn from and interact with other teams.
“Golf is all about the camaraderie,” said Bond. “When the kids can see players head to head it’s so much better than them seeing it on paper. For everyone here to be able to play with somebody from another team for three straight rounds is a good thing.”
The Seminoles considered this weekend a huge success.
“As difficult as conditions were, we truly saw how dedicated these kids are going to have to be and how internally motivated they’re going to have to be when it comes to difficult conditions,” said Bond. “So, I thought they hung in there really well. We’ve still got some work to do.”
Next up for Florida State is the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, which will be played at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8.
3rd Round Match-Up Results:
LSU / Clemson: 1117
Florida State / Alabama: 1130
USF / Memphis: 1149
Coastal Carolina / Missouri: 1157
Kansas State / Toledo: 1206