The day couldn’t have gone much better for Florida State, which won the individual and team title and also had a golfer set the course record.
Beatrice Wallin finished with a 4-under 68 to take the individual title, Alice Hodge fired a 7-under 65 to set the Seminole Legacy Course record and Florida State ran away with the Tallahassee Regional title on Wednesday afternoon.
FSU won the team title by 17 shots at 4-under 860, the only school in the 12-team field to finish the three-day tournament under par. This is the second straight regional win for the Seminoles, who will advance to the NCAA championships on May 20 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Wallin had six birdies and a bogey on the front nine, helping her build a sizable lead. The FSU senior had a bogey at 17 but tapped in a four-foot putt in front of a crowd of a few hundred spectators and rival golfers on 18 to take the title. Among those watching were her parents, Veronika and Christer, who flew in from Sweden to walk the course and see her play a college tournament for the first time.
“I just took it shot by shot and hole by hole,” Wallin said. “I tried to have as much fun as I could. Playing at home is always special. And having the support of my parents, coming all the way from Sweden, it’s been a lot of fun. … I’m looking forward to nationals, going to Arizona and hopefully we can do well there, too.”
Wallin had a 6-under 210 for the tournament, leading the field with 16 birdies. She finished a shot ahead of Florida Atlantic’s Letizia Bagnoli, who finished with a 68 on Wednesday. While UCLA’s Emma Spitz was in the hunt going into the final round, she shot a final-round 74 on Wednesday to tie for third with Hodge at 2-under 214. FSU’s Amelia Williamson and Cecilie Finne-Ipsen each finished tied for ninth at 219, followed by Charlotte Heath at 224.
“It’s a good thing to know everything about the home golf course,” FSU coach Amy Bond said. “But it’s also a bad thing. … I’m super proud of them. It’s my most stressful week of the year. After about nine holes today, I was de-stressing. I did a lot of smiling. Just to watch the girls work their way around the golf course, they all were playing so good all day long. and that makes it easy on a coach. When they’re making birdies and tapping in pars, I feel pretty good about myself.”
Hodge had two bogies on the front nine and a double bogey on 15, but she had two eagles on par-5s on the back 9 and seven birdies in the round. She had shot a 66 last fall, but on Wednesday shot a personal-best.
“The putter got hot and just about everything I looked at went in,” Hodge said.
The Seminoles finished 17 shots better than South Carolina and UCLA, which tied for second. Mississippi State (27-over 891) was the final team to advance to the championships.