TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Golf Team, which returns each member of its starting lineup from its 12th place national finish at the 2019 NCAA Championship Finals, is ranked No. 6 nationally heading into the 2019-20 season by Golfweek. The Seminoles open their season on September 8 at the Cougar Classic at the Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C.
The editors of Gofweek said: “Top-ranked Frida Kinhult leads loaded FSU lineup.”
Under 10th-year Head Coach Amy Bond, the Seminoles are one of three ACC teams in the preseason top-10 along with No. 2 Duke and No. 9 Wake Forest. Florida State will face nine of the teams in the nation’s top-10 through the course of their regular season.
“It’s exciting for our program to be recognized with a top-10 national ranking to begin the season,” said Bond. “Our preseason national ranking is a testament to each of the golfers on our team. They have worked hard; they have prepared themselves for the upcoming season and as veterans they know the challenges the upcoming season brings. We are looking forward to getting the season started at the Cougar Classic.
The Seminoles are led by sophomore Kinhult who earned National Freshman of the Year and ACC Golfer of the Year (Co) honors in 2019. She earned All-America First-Team Honors from Golfweek after finishing with a school record low 70.66 stroke average. Kinhult, along with sophomore teammate Beatrice Wallin, helped lead her home country of Sweden to the team title in the European Ladies Team Championship for the second consecutive year and played in the British Women’s Open for the second time in her career this summer.
Kinhult is the No. 2 ranked amateur in the current World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Senior Amanda Doherty, who returns to the Seminoles’ lineup for the fourth consecutive year, is one of the top returning golfers in the country. She earned All-America Honorable Mention honors from Golfweek and All-ACC honors in 2018 and enters the 2019-20 ranked fifth in school history with a career stroke average of 73.20.
Sophomores Puk Lyng Thomsen, Wallin and Amelia Williamson, all played as members of the Seminoles’ lineup during the 2018-19 season. With their freshmen season stroke averages, all three golfers — Wallin (third, 72.77), Williamson (11th, 75.08) and Thomsen (17th, 75.80) – are all ranked in the Seminoles all-time top-20 for career stroke average.
Florida State was ranked No. 9 by Golfstat and No. 10 by Golfweek at the end of the 2018-19 season – the first time Seminoles were ranked in the top-10 in both polls at the conclusion of a season.