May 21, 2021 - by
Wallin Leads W. Golf Through First Round Of NCAA Championship Finals

Round 1 Team Results / Round 1 Individual Results / Round 1 Team and Individual Results / Round 2 Tee Times

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (seminoles.com) – Seminole All-American Beatrice Wallin is in a tie for 19th place in the individual standings, and the Florida State Women’s Golf Team is in 11th place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA Division I Championships at the Grayhawk Golf Club. Wallin is only four strokes out of the individual lead and the Seminoles are just 10 strokes behind Texas with three rounds remaining to be played. The top 15 teams after three rounds of stroke play advance to the final round of stroke play before the field is cut to the final eight for match play that begins Tuesday. The national champion will be crowned on Wednesday after three rounds of match play.

Texas is the team leader after the first round with a 1 over par team total of 289. The Longhorns have two players inside the top five of the individual standings after 18 holes. Oregon is just one stroke behind Texas. Rachel Heck of Stanford, one of only four golfers in the field of 132 to card a sub-par score in the first round, is the individual leader with a 3 under par score of 69.

“The wind was brutal today, but I thought all five girls handled the course pretty well,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “We missed a few opportunities, but overall I thought we played good golf. The eagles (by Alice Hodge and Taylor Roberts) were fun, but we just didn’t mark enough birdies today. The team is looking forward to tomorrow – we are going to look to turn the tables and make our move up the leaderboard.”

Wallin, who was named to the WGCA Player of the Year Watch List earlier in the day, carded a 1 over par score of 73. Following a bogey on her second hole of the day, she played even par golf over the final 16 holes. Wallin scored a par on each of her final 10 holes of the round.

Wallin’s score of 73 tied her career best score in two NCAA Tournament appearances. She carded a 73 in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Championship finals. She has now carded 21 of 22 rounds at 75 or below and is averaging a career-low 70.59 strokes in 22 rounds this spring. Wallin’s career-low scoring average is currently the lowest for a season in school history.

The Seminoles also counted scores of 75 by junior Charlotte Heath, Hodge, and Amelia Williamson. Both Heath and Williamson carded two birdies each. Hodge carded one birdie and one eagle during her round. Heath and Hodge are making their NCAA Championship debuts this week at Grayhawk.

Hodge (on hole No. 4) and fellow freshman Roberts (on hole No. 7) both carded eagles during the first round. For Hodge it was the third eagle of her Florida State career; for Roberts it was the first of her career as a Seminole. There were a total of three eagles counted in the first round – two by Florida State players – and all three by players in from the ACC. Miami’s Nataliya Guseva carded an eagle during her first round of play.

The Seminoles are paired with Oklahoma State and Southern Cal in Saturday’s second round. The trio of teams begins play at 10:36 am (ET).

2021 NCAA Championship Finals/May 21-26, 2021
Grayhawk Golf Club/Scottsdale, Ariz./Par 72
11/24.-Florida State, 298
T19-Beatrice Wallin, 73
T52-Charlotte Heath, 75
T52-Alice Hodge, 75
T52-Amelia Williamson, 75
T105-Taylor Roberts, 79

2021 NCAA Championship Finals/May 21-26, 2021
Grayhawk Golf Club/Scottsdale, Ariz./Par 72
1-Texas, 289
2-Oregon, 290
3-Stanford, 291
T4-Arizona, 292
T4-Kent State, 292
T4-Duke, 292
T4-Wake Forest, 292
T8-LSU, 296
T8-Ole Miss, 296
10-Oklahoma State, 297
11-Florida State, 298
12-Kentucky, 299
13-Arizona State, 300
14-Michigan State, 301
T15-Virginia Tech, 302
T15-UCLA, 302
17-Michigan, 304
18-Auburn, 305
19-Maryland, 306
T20-Georgia, 307
T20-Southern Cal, 307
T22-Baylor, 308
T22-Alabama, 308
24-South Carolina, 312

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