Wallin fires 68 as FSU women’s golf finishes ninth at NCAAs

Florida State finished in a tie for 9th place in the final standings of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship Finals as stroke play in the event at the Grayhawk Golf Club came to a close. The Seminoles fell one stroke short of qualifying for the match play championship round. Florida State’s ninth-place finish marks the best NCAA Championships finish in school history.

It marked the school-record fifth consecutive NCAA Championship Finals appearance, the third consecutive final round NCAA appearance and third consecutive top-12 national finish for Amy Bond’s Seminoles.

With three freshmen and two juniors in their lineup throughout the season, Florida State was ranked No. 1 nationally for two weeks, won three tournament championships (including the first NCAA Regional Championship in school history), finished as the ACC runners-up, and placed two golfers on the All-ACC team as the Seminoles solidified themselves as one of the nation’s top programs.

Florida State was three strokes under par with six birdies on its final four holes of the round. Each of the five Seminoles birdied hole No. 7 (the Seminoles started on hole No. 10) as they made their charge towards match play. Florida State carded 14 birdies during the round as they scored their second best round of the championship.

Florida State’s Beatrice Wallin, the 2021 ACC Golfer of the Year, finished in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings with scores of 73-71-76 and 68 in the fourth and final round of the championship. Wallin finished the championship with a four-round total of 288.

As a finalist for every major award in women’s collegiate golf, Wallin completed one of the greatest seasons in school history with her play in her second career appearance in the NCAA Championship Finals. She set the school stroke record for a single season with a 70.72 stroke average and will begin her senior season in September with the second-lowest stroke average (71.96) in school history.

In Monday’s final round, Wallin was nearly perfect as she carded five birdies, 13 holes scored at par and only one bogey.  She was 4-under on her final nine holes with four birdies and five holes played at par.

“It certainly stings right now,” said Bond. “I couldn’t be any prouder of a group of girls for the way they played the back nine – and for how they played throughout the entire season. Every single girl gave everything they had today. We leave the National Championship disappointed, but with our heads held high.  When we do look back, we know that we had a great year.”

2021 NCAA Championship Finals/May 21-26, 2021
Grayhawk Golf Club/Scottsdale, Ariz./Par 72
T9/24-Florida State, 1,174
T9-Beatrice Wallin, 288
T32-Alice Hodge, 293
T44-Charlotte Heath, 295
T53-Amelia Williamson, 298
77-Taylor Roberts, 308

2021 NCAA Championship Finals/May 21-26, 2021
Grayhawk Golf Club/Scottsdale, Ariz./Par 72
1-Stanford, 1,142
2-Duke, 1,155
3-Oklahoma State, 1,157
4-Ole Miss, 1,159
5-Texas, 1,161
6-Auburn, 1,170
T7-Arizona State, 1,173
T7-Arizona, 1,173
T9 -Florida State, 1,174
T9-LSU, 1,174
11-Oregon, 1,175
12-Wake Forest, 1,178
13-South Carolina, 1,180
14-Baylor, 1,182
15-UCLA, 1,189