HANAHAN, S.C. (seminoles.com) – By her own account, Florida State sophomore Amelia Williamson was happy with the success she earned this summer.
As one of the busiest Seminoles on the course after helping Florida State to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championship Finals in May, she advanced to the round of 32 in match play at the British Women’s Amateur Championship, finished tied for 11th in the European Ladies Amateur Championship, led England to the team title at the R&A Women’s Home International Championship, earned individual medalist honors in the Astor Salver Tournament, led Team Norfolk to the East Region County Match Week Championship, won the individual championship of the Grand Prix de Chiberta, finished fifth at the Critchley Salver Tournament and finished in 30th place at the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championships.
“I’m happy with the season I had back home (in England),” she said as the No. 5/6 Seminoles played a practice round at the Yeaman’s Hall Club in preparation for the start of the 16th Annual Cougar Classic on Monday. “I played a large number of events this summer, more than most people back home. I have gotten in to a routine of playing a lot of golf which has helped me build up my stamina, which I think is important for our upcoming year at Florida State, which has two seasons (fall and spring).”
Williamson is going to need that increased stamina as the 18 teams competing in the Cougar Classic will play 36 holes on the first day before finishing the tournament with 18 holes on Tuesday. The format of the event was changed as Hurricane Dorian roared up the East Coast and forced tournament organizers not only to evacuate their homes, but to ensure the course was playable during one of the top early-season tournaments in college golf.
At No. 5 in the WGCA Coaches Poll, Florida State is the highest-ranked team in the field. The Seminoles will compete against No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Wake Forest, No. 13 Auburn, No. 18 Arkansas, Boston College, Campbell, the tournament hosts College of Charleston, Charleston Southern (with one individual only), Furman, Georgetown, Maryland, NC State, Penn State, Tennessee and UCF.
The Seminoles have a strong history in the Cougar Classic, having earned the team championship in 2007, a second-place finish in 2010 and a fifth-place finish a year ago.
Williamson is one of four sophomores in the Seminoles’ lineup at the Cougar Classic, along with classmates Frida Kinhult (an All-American and the 2019 National Freshman of the Year), Beatrice Wallin (a 2019 All-American), Caroline Hodge and senior Amanda Doherty (a 2018 All-American).
Williamson will play in the Cougar Classic for the first time in her career.
“Amelia had a great summer,” said 10th-year Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond. “As we continued to see her results, we continued to become more and more encouraged about her potential for the remainder of her career at Florida State. The greatest thing about Amelia is that her main goal as a golfer is to improve. She has clearly illustrated that she is intent on reaching her goal each day she comes to the course. She continues to grow each day, and we are very excited for her as she begins her sophomore season.”
Williamson began to impress the Seminoles’ coaching staff as a freshman, as she posted a 75.08 stroke average and helped the Seminoles to a No. 9 national ranking in the final poll of the spring. Her stroke average is the 11th best career average in school history. As a freshman, she played in the NCAA Championship Finals, the NCAA Auburn Regional and the ACC Championship for the first time in her career. Williamson finished in a tie for 20th place and earned her best single round score of 67 in helping lead Florida State to a runner-up finish in the ACC Championship.
Williamson’s fondest memory of the Summer of 2019 will certainly be playing for her country.
“It’s always an honor to play any sport for your country, as very few get the opportunity to do that,” said Williamson. “The exact feeling is hard to describe. The best thing about representing your country is making life-long memories, with your best friends and teammates, which is similar to my journey here at Florida State.”
Her most memorable round of the Summer came as she shot a 5-under par 65 in the third round to earn medalist honors at the French Chilberta Grand Prix.
“I was quite a few shots back before the start of the final round and I didn’t think I’d be able to close the gap,” said Williamson. “I was playing three groups back from the leaders, so I had no idea of the scoring situation. I focused on taking as few shots as possible and I shot a 65. It turned out that I had moved into first place and I had no idea.”
Williamson, though, is looking forward and not backward as her second season as a Seminole begins.
“I don’t want to get complacent with my current abilities,” she said. “I want to strive for more success and our team has a great chance to be successful again this year.”
Williamson says her goals are quite simple.
“I want to play in every tournament as part of the team, reduce my stroke average and continue to develop as an individual on and off of the golf course,” she said.
As Williamson works to achieve her goals along with her teammates, success and happiness are sure to follow for the Seminoles beginning with the Cougar Classic and throughout the season.