TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond knows what she wants to see from her No. 13 ranked Women’s Golf Team at this weekend’s Landfall Tradition at the Country Club of Landfall which runs October 25-27.
First and foremost, the 10th-year head coach wants to hoist another championship trophy at the conclusion of the 54-hole season-ending tournament for the Seminoles. It marks the Seminoles’ fifth time playing in the event and Bond would like for her team to earn their first team championship. The Seminoles finished in second place in 2003.
Florida State begins play in the Landfall Tradition on Friday playing in their second tournament of the week. The Seminoles completed play in the Jim West Challenge on Monday, traveled back from west Texas, and were back on the road to Wilmington on Wednesday.
“It’s been a busy couple of days,” said Bond who is excited to get back on the course with her team so quickly. “When we set the schedule we knew this would be a quick turnaround. We also knew this would be good for the girls in terms of growing their games and learning who to prepare for multiple events in a short period of time.”
In making the quick transition from the Jim West Challenge in Texas to the Landfall Tradition in North Carolina, Bond has tweaked her lineup as senior All-American Amanda Doherty returns to the starting five after playing in the first round of LPGA Qualifying School. She earned Symetra Tour status and will join that professional tour after completing her final season as a Seminole and graduating from Florida State in May.
“I’m proud of Amanda and the way she has approached playing her senior season at Florida State, exploring her professional aspirations and continuing to be a standout student,” said Bond. “She is our team leader and has earned the opportunity to continue playing after college while keeping herself on track to get her degree in Sport Management. Amanda is the quintessential student-athlete and will be a very successful professional.”
Doherty, who has earned a pair of two-25 individual finishes in her two collegiate appearances this fall, is excited to be back on the same course with here Seminole teammates.
Doherty is joined in the Seminoles’ lineup by sophomores Puk Lyng Thomsen, Beatrice Wallin and Amelia Williamson along with freshman Elle Johnson.
The four Seminoles (Johnson Thomsen, Wallin and Williamson) who played in last week’s Jim West Challenge finished at a combined 3 strokes over par over the 54 holes played on the Kissing Tree Golf Club Course.
“I was very happy with the play of our team last week,” said Bond. “We played well for most of the tournament but just didn’t close out our rounds well. That’s something we know we have to work on this weekend and moving forward into the spring.”
Three of the Seminoles four golfers carded at least one round in the 60’s at the Jim West (a career-best 67 by Thomsen in the first round, a 68 in the second round by Williamson and a 69 by Wallin in the first round) – scores that were certainly noticed by Bond.
Bond was also thrilled that Wallin will extend here fall season into November as she received an invitation to play in the 2019 Spirit International Amateur Championship at the Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.
Wallin, who is averaging 72.11 strokes nine rounds this fall, will add to her international resume as one of 43 current collegiate players who have committed to play in the event. The championship features the world’s best amateur men and amateur women as they represent their respective country in team and individual competitions.
Wallin will represent her home country of Sweden.
With four of the five players who helped the Seminoles finish in second place in the 2019 ACC and NCAA Auburn Regional Championships in their lineup for the Landfall Tradition, the Seminoles will play for their first championship of the fall season.