TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Amy Bond, the Head Coach of the nationally ranked Florida State Women’s Golf team, has signed three players – Charlotte Heath, Alice Hodge and Taylor Roberts – to National Letters of Intent to attend Florida State University and play golf for the Seminoles beginning in the fall of 2020. All three players come from exciting and diverse golf backgrounds and will all help Bond continue building the solid foundation which has allowed the Seminoles to become a consistent winner and a top-10 team in the national rankings.
“I’m really excited about this incoming class of three talented golfers and academic achievers,” said Bond. “The addition of Charlotte, Alice and Taylor will allow us to continue to build our team as we add talented depth to the roster. These three are the type of players I love adding to our roster because they are immediate impact players who will all make our team more competitive as soon as they arrive on campus.”
Heath, from Yorkshire, England, is No. 34 in the European Amateur Golf Rankings and in the top 150 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. She won the individual championship of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Master’s in 2018, finished third in the 2018 Girls’ British Amateur Open Championship, fourth in the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke play Championship in 2018 and sixth in the English Girls’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
“Words cannot express how excited I am that Charlotte has chosen to be a Seminole,” said Bond. “As a member of the England National Team, she has a lot of international experience and numerous wins. Charlotte is a player that works hard and strives to be the best she can possibly be. She has proven that she can compete with the best players in the world and I look forward to having her join us in August. Her impact on the team will be immediate.”
Heath is similarly excited at becoming a Florida State student-athlete.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Seminoles’ golf team and I can’t wait to get to Tallahassee in August,” said Heath. “I’m most looking forward to working with the coaches and being with my new teammates.”
Hodge, from Larchmont, N.Y., is ranked among the top 150 junior golfers in the United States. She finished in third place in the 2018 and 2019 State Championship tournaments, placed second in the Trusted Choice Big I National Championship in 2018 (the third oldest junior golf championship in the U.S) and second in the 2018 Callaway Golf/Ollie Schniederjans Junior Classic.
“Alice joins her sister Caroline as a member of our team,” said Bond. “She is driven both on and off the golf course. Alice will be a welcome addition to our team and I look for her to compete for playing time as a freshman. Growing up in New York and the challenging weather, I cannot wait to see what Alice can do when she has a full year to practice and play.”
Hodge is looking forward to playing college golf with her older sister.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of such an amazing program and to play alongside so many great players,” said Hodge. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity that Coach Bond and her staff has given me and I can’t wait to start my career as a Seminole.”
Roberts, from Parkland, Fla., was named the Junior Player of the Year by the Florida State Golf Association in 2017 and was a semifinalist at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in 2017. She was named the South Florida Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016, the U.S. Kinds National Player of the Year in 2014 and has earned six victories on the Florida Junior Tour circuit.
“I am excited that Taylor has chosen to be a Seminole,” said Bond. “I am thrilled that we have added one of the best players from the state of Florida and the country to our roster. Taylor is the earliest commit I have ever had and I could not be any happier that she is finally “officially” joining our family. She is a tremendous player that I look to make an immediate impact to our team.”
Roberts is happy to make Florida State and Tallahassee home during her collegiate career.
“I am extremely excited to have signed my letter of intent to attend school and play golf at Florida State,” said Roberts. “I have been dreaming about becoming a Seminole since I verbally committed to Coach Bond as a sophomore. I chose Florida State because it checked all of the boxes for me and I can’t thank Coach Bond for giving me this opportunity. I also want to thank my coaches for preparing me for collegiate golf and to my parents and my sister for all of their love and support. I can’t wait to call Tallahassee my home for the next four years.”
Florida State, which has been ranked among the nation’s top 20 teams throughout the last three seasons, opens its spring schedule at the Guadalajara International Invitational Feb. 16-18, 2020. The Seminoles earned two top-five team finishes during the fall season and has finished among the top 12 teams in the NCAA Championship Finals in both of the last two seasons.