FSU women prepare for national stage and desert golf

Fresh off the program’s first ever NCAA Regional win at Louisville, the FSU women’s golf team didn’t take much of a break. Back on the course to practice, to watch the men’s team play earlier in the week and then flying out to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the NCAA Championships.

Golfers can prepare as best they can for what’s to come but the difference in how courses play — going from the Seminole Legacy Course to “desert golf” — couldn’t be more striking.

“It’s going to be very different than what we know, different grasses,” FSU women’s golf coach Amy Bond said. “Desert golf is something totally different.”

The FSU women will have practice rounds to help them prepare for what is ahead of them at the NCAA Championships, which begin Friday. But it is a new venue and the golfers who adjust quickly will be able to help their teams find success. FSU has the ACC player of the year in Beatrice Wallin, who owns a scoring average of 70.41 and tied for seventh in the Louisville Regional. Another junior, Amelia Williamson, tied for second in the regional after opening with a 68 in the three-day event.

“It’s a massive confidence boost, not only for Bea and I as juniors, but as a freshman it can be quite nerve wracking,” Williamson said. “And coming into your first regional championship, I think it’s good for them to see how talented we are and what potential we have.”

Bond said the goal as a coach is to not change anything from mental preparation or on-course teaching. It is the national championship and that is a stage the Seminoles’ freshmen will need to accept as they settle in for what they hope is an extended stay in Arizona.

“The three freshmen? They have no idea what’s about to come,” Bond said. “And that’s kind of how I wanted to be, I want them to think it’s a regular golf tournament. For the two juniors, they’ve played in one national championship. But they kind of forgot. Two years ago. For us, the inexperience and the unknown is actually a good thing because they’re just going to go play golf.”