March 13, 2022 - by

Wallin Leads W. Golf To 3rd Place Finish At Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. ( – Senior Beatrice Wallin finished in a tie for second place in the individual standings, and the No. 14 Florida State Women’s Golf Team finished in third place in the team standings as play in the weather-shortened Valspar Augusta Invitational at the Forest Hills Golf Club came to a close.  Originally scheduled for 54 holes over two days, the championship was shortened to 36 holes because of rain, wind and frost in the area.

Florida State has earned three consecutive top three team finishes to open the spring season.  The Seminoles won the Moon Invitational team championship, finished in second place at the Florida State Match Up and in third place at the Valspar Augusta.  In finishing in third place at the Valspar Augusta, the Seminoles defeated No. 9 Alabama, No. 23 Virginia Tech, No. 38 Purdue and No. 41 Miami.

Wallin carded a 5 under par score of 67 in Sunday’s second round and finished just one stroke behind the individual champion, Natalia Yoko of Augusta.  Yoko carded scores of 74-70 for a 36-hole total of 144 on her home course to defeat Florida State’s Wallin by one stroke.  Seminole sophomore Charlotte Heath carded an even par score of 72 in the second round and finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 147.

Following a slow start on the first nine holes of the first round, Florida State finished the team standings only four strokes behind No. 4 ranked South Carolina and No. 25 Ole Miss in the team standings.  The Gamecocks and the Lady Rebels finished in a tie for first place with scores of 590.

“The girls played well today,” said Head Coach Amy Bond.  “Any day you can finish with the round of the day, it’s a good day.  It’s also a good day when you can move up in the standings.  We would have loved to have one more to see what we could have done to move up even more.”

Wallin played incredible golf on Sunday as she finished with her score of 67.  She totaled a team-leading six birdies and moved herself up 25 positions in the individual standings with her near-career best score.  She began the day in a tie for 27th place and finished just one stroke out of gaining her third career individual victory.  Wallin has now earned nine career top-five finishes and 16 career top-20 finishes.

“I gave myself opportunities and I made some putts which really helped me out,” said Wallin.  “I was happy to end the tournament on a high note and I’m looking forward to our next event a Clemson.”

Heath also played well under the tough conditions as she finished the event with an even par score of 72 and a two-round total of 147.  Her even par total of 72 included three birdies, and 15 holes played at par or better.  Heath was never more than two strokes above par during the second round.  Coupled with her fourth place finish in the season-opening Moon Invitational, Heath has finished in the top five of two of her three events this spring.

Junior Elle Johnson, who carded a 1 over par score of 73 in the final round, finished on a career-best tied for 18th place in the individual standings.  Her round of 73 was nearly perfect with 17 holes scored at one and one bogey.  Johnson was at even par through her first 13 holes of the round and carded pars on her final four holes.

lorida State continues its spring season March 25-27 at the Clemson Invitational at the Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C.

Valspar Augusta Invitational/Par 72
Forest Hills Golf Club/Augusta, Ga./March 12-13, 2022
3/16.      Florida State, 594
T2.           Beatrice Wallin, 145
T5.           Charlotte Heath, 147
T18.        Elle Johnson, 150
T25.        Cecilie Finne-Ipsen, 152
T55.        Amelia Williamson, 157
T72.        *Kaylah Williams, 161
*played as an individual

Valspar Augusta Invitational/Par 72
Forest Hills Golf Club/Augusta, Ga./March 12-13, 2022
1.-South Carolina, 590
2.-Ole Miss, 590
3.-Florida State, 594
4.-Alabama, 600
T5.-Virginia Tech, 605
T5.-Augusta, 605
7.-Miami, 606
8.-Furman, 607
9.-San Diego State, 609
10.-Purdue, 614
11.-Coastal Carolina, 618
12.-Tennessee, 623
13.-Minnesota, 627
14.-Memphis, 629
15.-Georgia Southern, 635
16.-South Florida, 636

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