TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Golf team, which has spent the majority of the year ranked in the nation’s top-10, has been selected to play in the NCAA Regional Championships for the 14th consecutive season and is the No. 3 seeded team in the Auburn Regional. Play for the Seminoles begins at the Saugahatchee Country Club on Monday, May 6 and runs through Wednesday, May 8.
The top six finishing teams and the top three individuals on the non-advancing teams will then advance to play in the NCAA Championship Finals round beginning Friday, May 17 with four rounds of stroke play leading into three rounds of match play to decide the 2019 National Championship team.
“This is such an exciting time for our team and for every golfer who has earned the opportunity to play in the NCAA Regional Championship,” said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond. “I continue to be impressed with our girls’ work ethic and desire to improve each day they come to the course. This is the time of the year we have been working towards – the postseason – and I can already feel the sense of excitement as we continue our preparations for the regional championships.”
Florida State enters the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship fresh from a second place finish at the ACC Championship. The Seminoles were the only team in the ACC Championship to have each of their five players finish in the top 20 of the individual standings. It marked the third consecutive season the Seminoles have finished in the top two of the ACC standings making them the only team to finish in the top two spots in the final standings of the ACC Championship in each of the last three years.
Florida State enters the NCAA Regional Championships as one of the nation’s hottest teams. The Seminoles have earned three top two team finishes – including two victories – in their last four events. The Seminoles won the team titles at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Evans Derby Experience (which was held at the Saugahatchee Country Club) and finished in second place at the ACC Championships.
Florida State is led statistically by a pair of freshmen, Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin, who own the Seminoles’ top two stroke averages. Kinhult enters her first NCAA Regional Championship with a 69.96 stroke average and is challenging the all-time lowest stoke average in school history (72.52 by Matilda Castren). She has finished in the top 10 in each of her eight tournaments and is a cumulative total of 35 strokes under par as a Seminole. Wallin is also enjoying a sensational season with a 72.40 stroke average in nine events including a tie for third place finish at the Evans Derby Experience.
Junior Amanda Doherty, who earned All-ACC honors in 2018, will play in her third NCAA Regional Championship in East Lansing. She finished in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings at the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship and in a tie for fourth place in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship in 2018.
“We are all very excited for regionals,” said junior team captain Amanda Doherty. “This is what we work towards all year, and it is when the real fun starts. I am excited to see what this team can do.”
Doherty enters her third career NCAA Regional Championship ranked second in school history with a 73.13 career stroke average. She is averaging 73.00 strokes in nine events this season with two top-10 finishes as a junior and a 19th place finish at the 2019 ACC Championship.
A pair of freshmen – Puk Lyng Thomsen and Amelia Williamson – have played in the Seminoles lineup through the spring season and have helped make Florida State one of the best teams in all of collegiate golf.
Florida State finished in second place in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship and earned a 12th place finish at the NCAA Championship Finals in 2018.
“We have all worked really hard to get to this point in the season,” said Bond. “Now that NCAA’s are here, we have to continue to do everything we have done all season to get us here: stay in the moment, play the course and manage our games. If we do that while sticking to our game plans, I am confident we will achieve our goal of advancing to the NCAA Championship Finals.”
NCAA AUBURN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD (in order of regional seed): Duke, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Auburn, Virginia, Furman, Clemson, Houston, Kennesaw State, Alabama, Tennessee, California, Maryland, East Carolina, Denver, South Alabama, Albany, Murray State