Florida State Women’s Golfer Beatrice Wallin helped lead Sweden the 2020 European Ladies’ Team Championship in early September 2020. It marked the third straight European Ladies’ Team Championship for Sweden (2018-2020) with Wallin on her country’s team.
Wallin, a junior studying economics from Olofstrop, Sweden, has played for Sweden in the European Ladies’ Team Championship in each of the last three years.
“We all were very happy that we won,” said Wallin. “It was a little sad when it was over because we had a lot of fun the whole week. I think we all were really proud that we had achieved our goal to win.”
For Wallin and Team Sweden it marked the second consecutive year they have defeated Germany in either the semi-finals or championship match.
“There is some extra pressure playing the event in your home country and being the favored team in the tournament,” said Wallin. “But we all wanted to win a third time in a row so it was just to do our best.”
The 2020 Swedish Team featured four Division I golfers, including 2020 WGCA First Team All-American Linn Grant from Arizona State University.
“Beatrice is the one who brings joy to the team but is still very down to earth and calm,” said Grant. “To the group I would definitely say that her best trait is that she is fun, and very easy going. She can make anything into a good time.
“On the course I would say that she is the same but more fierce. She knows when to put in the extra effort to score really low and to make the putts go in.”
Wallin, Grant, and Maja Stark have all been a part of Team Sweden’s three consecutive championships and have built a bond together over the years despite playing at different schools in the United States. Former Seminole All-American Frida Kinhult was a member of the team in both 2018 and 2019 when Sweden won its first two of three championships.
“We have helped all of us a lot by supporting and pushing each other to be better,” said Wallin. “We have a mantra on the team that is ‘us against the world’ meaning that we should support our team. The whole saying means that we have a better chance to succeed if we are together pushing each other because if one of us can do it the rest of us can do it as well. It’s like when one takes a step to be better the rest of us join shortly after.”
Wallin is in her third season at Florida State playing for Head Coach Amy Bond. She has continued to improve during her tenure including a career low score of 66 during the 2019-20 season.
“Bea has worked hard to make her golf swing consistent and improve the little things in her game which have held her back,” said Bond. “When she goes home she does a lot of work with the Swedish National Team and always comes back ready to go. Bea is very friendly and fun so she fits in well. She also has a creative side which keeps us laughing, and also scared as to what she may do next. On the course she works extremely hard and leads by example. She lets her golf do the talking.”
Bond and Wallin have built a strong player-coach relationship on and off the course.
“Coach Bond always pushes me to be better on the golf course and in school,” said Wallin. “She gives our team the opportunity to get better by playing great tournaments against great teams. She is always very helpful and supportive both on the golf course and off the course.”
Wallin, the 15th ranked amateur women’s golfer by World Amateur Golf Ranking, continues to add to her impressive resume as a member of the Seminoles golf team and a student including being named a 2020 and 2019 All-American Honorable Mention by Golfweek, All-ACC in 2019, and a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2019.
“This fall I have some goals with my game that I am going to practice on and get better on, like bunker and my wedge game,” said Wallin. “But for next season my goal is to win my first college event and help the team win more events.”