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FSU women’s golf in 8th place, advances to match play

Freshman Alice Hodge is in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings, and the Florida State Women’s Golf Team is in eighth place in the team standings after three rounds of the 2021 NCAA Championship Finals at the Grayhawk Golf Club.  The Seminoles, as one of the top 15 teams in the standings after the first three rounds, have advanced to the fourth and final round of stroke play that begins at 1:11 p.m. ET on Monday. The top eight teams at the end of the fourth round of stroke play advance to the match play quarterfinals and semifinals on Tuesday. The national champion will be crowned on Wednesday.

Stanford, which shot a tournament-best 277 in the third round, is the team leader heading into the fourth of stroke play.  The Cardinal holds a 20-stroke lead over Duke and a 22-stroke lead over Oklahoma State. Rachel Heck, a freshman at Stanford, is the individual leader with a 206 total after three rounds.

“We didn’t get off to the best of starts,” coach Amy Bond said. “However, they showed a lot of grit and heart by finishing well.  The round could have gotten away from us but this group didn’t allow that to happen. They scratched and clawed to finish well and that is what I am the most proud of from today’s round.

“We hung in there and have given ourselves a chance to be in the final eight to move on to match play. We need to go out tomorrow, play our game and focus on one shot at a time.”

Florida State was seven strokes under par with seven birdies and an eagle on its final four holes of the round.

Hodge, a freshman, carded an even par 72 in the third round and has a 1 over par score of 217 heading into the final round of stroke play. She carded a season-high six birdies including three in row (a turkey on 6, 7 and 8). Hodge totaled only four birdies when she carded her career-best round of 70 in the first round of the Pinetree Collegiate on March 22.

All-American Beatrice Wallin is in a tie for 34th place in the individual standings with a three-round score of 220. She totaled 14 holes scored at par or better in the third round. Wallin has carded scores of par or better on 45 of 54 holes in the championship. Wallin totaled seven consecutive holes scored at par coming in on holes 2 through 8 in Sunday’s third round.

Freshman Charlotte Heath totaled a personal tournament-best four birdies after carding five birdies combined in the first two rounds. She finished with a score of 75 in the third round. She was even par on her first nine holes (the Seminoles began the round on the back).

Junior Amelia Williamson carded her second eagle of her Florida State career and her second of the season on hole 7. Her eagle was the third by a Seminole in the 2021 NCAA Championships. Florida State has now scored eagles by Williamson, Hodge and Taylor Roberts. Williamson carded a 75 in the third round and has a three-round total of 223.

Roberts, who carded a 77 in the third round, closed the round at 2 under par over her last four holes with two birdies (on 6 and 7) and two pars (on 8 and 9).  She was 1 over par on her final 10 holes of the third round and has a three round total of 230.

FSU will play with Wake Forest and Arizona with tee times for the Seminoles, Deacons and Wildcats beginning at 3 pm ET.

2021 NCAA Championship Finals/May 21-26, 2021
Grayhawk Golf Club/Scottsdale, Ariz./Par 72
8/24-Florida State, 881
T13-Alice Hodge, 217
T34-Beatrice Wallin, 220
T43-Charlotte Heath, 221
T53-Amelia Williamson, 223
T105-Taylor Roberts, 230

2021 NCAA Championship Finals/May 21-26, 2021
Grayhawk Golf Club/Scottsdale, Ariz./Par 72
1-Stanford, 846
2-Duke, 866
3-Oklahoma State, 868
4-Texas, 870
5-Ole Miss, 875
6-Arizona State, 877
7-Wake Forest, 880
8-Florida State, 881
9-Arizona, 882
10-Oregon, 883
11-LSU, 884
12-South Carolina, 887
13-Baylor, 891
14-Auburn, 892
15-UCLA, 895
16-Michigan State, 898
17-Kent State, 899
T18-Kentucky, 902
T18-Georgia, 902
20-Michigan, 903
21-Maryland, 905
22-Virginia Tech, 906
23-Southern Cal, 907
24-Alabama, 917