AUGUSTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) – No. 1 ranked Florida State is in third place in the team standings, and freshman Charlotte Heath is in a tie for third place in the team standings after the first two rounds of the Valspar Augusta Invitational at the Forest Hills Golf Club. The Seminoles are locked in a battle for their second consecutive team championship with Duke and South Carolina – a back and forth battle that will come down to the final 18 holes on Sunday. Heath, who tied the school-record with a 7 under par score of 65 in the first round, is also fighting for the top spot in the individual standings. She is within three stokes of the individual lead as play in the final round begins Sunday.
Florida State shot a 18 under par score of 270 in the first round – a news school record for most team strokes under par in a single round. The Seminoles’ two round score of 555 is also a team record for 36 holes.
Florida State, which was in first place in the individual standings after the first round, is in third place in the team standings heading into the final round. The Seminoles are three strokes behind South Carolina for second place and just four strokes behind Duke in the team standings. The Seminoles carded a season-best 18-under par team score of 270 in the first round which saw four of the golfers in the Seminoles’ lineup finish under par and its fifth player finish at even par. The Seminoles continued their torrid play as two of its golfers finished under par in the second round.
“It was an outstanding two rounds of golf by all of our girls today,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “It’s really exciting as a coach to pick up score cards that are under par. It’s exciting to be playing so well in such a strong field. That shows me how hard every member of our team is working every day in practice. I am very pleased about how well the girls are competing against some of the best teams and players in the country”
With a two-round total of 137 (scores of 65 and 72), Heath is looking to earn her third consecutive top five individual finish. She finished in a tie for second place in the Florida State Match-Up and in fifth place in the spring season-opening Moon invitational. She carded 11 birdies on the first two rounds including seven in the first round as she tied the school record with a 65.
“My warm up was actually really bad this morning so I wasn’t expecting much today,” said Heath. “I just went out again to have fun — it’s always fun having Coach Bond on the bag. It was a tough battle this afternoon but overall I’m pretty happy with the day.”
Heath is closely followed by teammates Beatrice Wallin (tie for sixth), Amelia Williamson (tied for ninth), freshman Taylor Roberts (tied for 18th) and freshman Alice Hodge (tied for 30th). Each of the Seminoles’ five golfers in their lineup – Heath (minus seven), Wallin (minus six), Williamson (minus five), Roberts (minus two) and Hodge (even) are all under or at par.