AUGUSTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) – Junior Beatrice Wallin finished in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings, and the No. 1 ranked Florida State Women’s Golf Team finished third place in the power-packed Valspar Augusta Invitational at the Forest Hills Golf Club. For Wallin, who carded scores of 67-71-69 for a 9 under par total of 207, the finish was her second consecutive top-five individual finish and her sixth consecutive top seven finish in a collegiate event. The Seminoles have now earned three top-four team finishes this spring – first at the Florida State Match-Up, third at the Valspar Augusta and fourth at the Moon Invitational to begin the spring season.
South Carolina rallied during the final round on Sunday to win the team championship with a three stroke victory over Duke. The Seminoles finished with an 847 team score – 17 strokes under par and as just one of five teams in the event who finished the 54-hole event below par. Pauline Roussin-Bouchard of South Carolina won the individual championship with a 15-under par score of 201. The Seminoles finished as just of one of two teams in the event (also Duke) with three players who finished in the top-15 of the individual standings.
“Overall, I am extremely happy with the way the girls played this weekend,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “We didn’t achieve our ultimate goal in winning a championship today, but the way the girls all competed it was a huge step forward towards reaching our goals this spring.”
Bond’s Seminoles finished ahead of No. 2 Wake Forest (fourth place), No. 10 Virginia (sixth place), No. 15 Kent State (tied for 11th) and No. 28 Louisville (tied for 11th). Florida State finished as the second highest placing of the seven ACC Teams in the tournament. South Carolina (first place) entered the event ranked No. 6 and Duke (second place) No. 8 in the Golfweek Collegiate Rankings.
Florida State’s team score of 847 is ranked as the sixth best three-round tournament score in school history. The Seminoles’ 17 under par team score is also ranked as the sixth best in school history. The Seminoles’ team score of 270 in the first round of this weekend’s event is tied the school record for a single round.
Wallin earned her second consecutive top five individual finish as she carded a 69 in the final round of the event. She carded five birdies in her final round including her first of the day on her first hole which sent her below par where she remained for 17 of the 18 holes she played on Sunday Her score of 69 marks her eighth consecutive sub-par round. Wallin has carded eight of nine rounds below par in her first three events of the spring season.
Freshman Charlotte Heath, who tied the school record with a 65 in the first round of the Valspar, finished in a tie for 11th place in the team standings with a 4-under par score of 212. She has now finished in the top-11 of the individual standings in her first three career events and is a total of 10 strokes under par in the first nine rounds of her career.
Heath became just the seventh player in school history to card a 65 with her first round score. She has finished with scores in the 60’s in three of the first nine rounds of her Florida State career.
Junior Amelia Williamson earned her second career top-15 placing as she finished in a tie for 14th place with a two-under par score of 214. She is a cumulative total of 1 stroke under par in her last two tournaments after finishing in a career-best tied for second at the Florida State Match-Up. Williamson carded scores of 69-70 in Saturday’s first two rounds of the tournament and tied her career-best score for 36 holes at 139.
A pair of Seminole freshmen – Alice Hodge (tied for 23rd) and Taylor Roberts (tied for 28th) both earned top-30 individual finishes. Hodge totaled two of three rounds at par on the weekend while Roberts carded her career-best score of 69 in the first round of the event.
Florida State continues its successful spring campaign next weekend as it travels to play at the Pinetree Women’s Intercollegiate March 22-23 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Pinetree Country Club in Atlanta.
Valspar Augusta Invitational/March 13-14, 2021
Forest Hills Golf Course/Augusta, Ga./Par 72
3/16.-Florida State, 847
T4.-Beatrice Wallin, 207
T11.-Charlotte Heath, 212
T14.-Amelia Williamson, 214
T23.-Alice Hodge, 217
T28.-Taylor Roberts, 218
T40.-Elle Johnson, 221 *
*played as an individual
Valspar Augusta Invitational/March 13-14, 2021/
Forest Hills Golf Course/Augusta, Ga./Par 72
1-South Carolina, 834
3-Florida State, 847
4-Wake Forest, 849
5-Virginia Tech, 862
10-Coastal Carolina, 880
T11-Kent State, 882
14-Kennesaw State, 902
15-Notre Dame, 916