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Wild day for Wallin, but FSU in hunt with UCLA in regional

Florida State shot 2-over par for a second straight day on Tuesday and is in a first-place tie with UCLA going into the final round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

Beatrice Wallin had a wild day and finished at 1-over 73 after opening with a 69. The FSU senior had an eagle on the front nine — holing out from the fairway on No. 4 — and was at 4-under at the turn before struggling on the 475-yard 11th hole. She finished with a triple bogey 8 after her approach was off the tight, undulating green and then she chipped from the left edge up and over, beyond the hole. Wallin then went bogey-bogey for a 5-over back nine.

Despite an inconsistent day on the course, and adjusting to some challenging pin placements, Wallin is in second place at 2-under for the tournament. She is two shots behind UCLA’s Emma Spitz.

Amelia Williamson and Charlotte Heath each shot 72s on Tuesday, with Cecile Finne-Ipsen (73) and Alice Hodge (74) just behind. FSU enjoyed a solid day overall — none of the other 11 schools in the field had all of their golfers shoot 74 or better on Tuesday.

“I thought they played pretty good,” FSU coach Amy Bond said. “We made a couple of errors, maybe more so mental errors coming in, but overall a really good day. The golf course got a little bit harder today, and a few tougher hole locations; but overall I thought we did a really good job. A 2-over for the day, exactly what we shot yesterday, I’ll take it heading into tomorrow.

“The goal tomorrow is to go out and try to win. Stay aggressive, play the golf course, take what the golf course gives us, and you know, nothing is ever guaranteed in golf. I just really want them to stay in the moment, take one shot at a time, and hopefully at the end of the day good things will happen.”

FSU and UCLA are each at 4-over 580 going into the final round on Wednesday at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Seminole Legacy Course.

The Seminoles will begin play at 9:06 a.m. Wednesday. Tee times begin at 8 a.m. for the final round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

Leaderboards and stats from the Tallahassee Regional can be viewed here. Tee times for Wednesday can be viewed here.