Heath Leads W. Golf At Valspar Augusta

AUGUSTA, Go. (seminoles.com) – Sophomore Charlotte Heath is in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings, and the No. 14 Florida State Women’s Golf Team is in a tie for fourth place in the team standings after the first round of the weather-shortened Valspar Augusta Invitational at the Forest Hills Golf Club. The event has been shortened from 54 holes to 36 because of incredibly high wind gusts during the first day and predicted for the second day on Sunday. The event was delayed by one hour at the start on Saturday morning because of heavy rain.

Florida State begins final round play in Sunday only six strokes behind No. 4 South Carolina, which carded a first round team score of 301. Miami and Ole Miss are tied for second with scores of 303 and the Seminoles are tied with Augusta University in fourth place with scores of 307.

Heath played incredibly well through the elements in the first round to finish with an 18 hole score of 75. She is only four strokes behind the leader, Anna Morgan of Furman, who carded a first round score of 71. Morgan was the only golfer in the 90-player field to finish under par in the first round. Morgan and Hannah Darling of South Carolina were the only two golfers to finish with scores of par or better.

“It was about as windy as I’ve ever experienced on a golf course during an event in today’s round,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “There were balls moving on the greens and flag sticks were over. It got so bad that two trees on the course fell over.”

Heath is one of nine golfers who is tied for ninth place in the individual standings with 3 over par scores of 75. She was 1 under par over her final 13 holes of the round, with two birdies and 10 holes played at par or better. Heath played 14 of her 18 holes at par or better despite the weather conditions that grew worse throughout the round.

“Charlotte played a great round of golf despite the conditions,” said Bond. “She stayed patient, and best of all stayed positive. She did what she had to do to get from point A to point B. She stayed in the moment and focused on her next shot throughout the round.”

Senior Cecilie Finne-Ipsen and junior Elle Johnson carded scores of 77 and are both in a tie for 20th place in the individual standings. Finne-Ipsen carded her fourth career eagle on the par five ninth hole while Johnson finished tied for the team lead with two birdies. Johnson was even par with two birdies and 11 holes played at par or better over her final 13 holes of the round.

Senior Amelia Williamson carded a 6 over par 78 – a score that included her third career eagle on the par five sixth hole.

Florida State was one of three teams with multiple eagles. South Carolina and Furman totaled three each, and the Seminoles earned two. The Seminoles totaled 56 holes and scored at par to lead the field in the first round.

Florida State closes out the event on Sunday as it plays with Augusta and Alabama in a shotgun start with tee times to be determined because of an expected frost on the course. The Seminoles have earned one team championship and a second place finish in its first two events of the spring season.

Valspar Augusta Invitational/Par 72
Forest Hills Golf Club/Augusta, Ga./March 12-13, 2022
T4/16.- Florida State, 307
T9.-Charlotte Heath, 75
T20.-Elle Johnson, 77
T20.-Cecilie Finne-Ipsen, 77
T27.-Beatrice Wallin, 78
T27.-Amelia Williamson, 78
T27-*Kaylah Williams, 78
*playing as an individual

Valspar Augusta Invitational/Par 72
Forest Hills Golf Club/Augusta, Ga./March 12-13, 2022
1.-South Carolina, 301
T2.-Miam, 304
T2.-Ole Miss, 303
T4.-Florida State, 307
T4.-Augusta 307
6.-Alabama, 308
7.-Furman, 309
8.-Virginia Tech 312
9.-Purdue, 313
10-.San Diego State, 314
11.-Coastal Carolina, 315
12.-Memphis, 318
13.-Minnseota, 322
14.-Tennessee, 325
15.-Georgia Southern, 332
16.-South Florida, 338

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