Wood and No. 12 Seminoles lead FSU match after Round 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Seminoles top the standings after scoring a team total of 1 under par (287) in round one of the Florida State Match-Up at the Seminole Legacy Golf Club. Freshman Lottie Woad shot a 4-under par 68 to lead the 65-player field. The Seminoles were the only team to shoot under par in their only home tournament of the year.
From the back nine, Woad started her round with a bogey on hole #13 – the longest par 3 on the course at 30 yards, totaling 190 yards. Proceeding forward, she went the rest of her entire lap without a bogey, catching a birdie on No. 17 and cornering at eye level.
Woad’s back nine was when her game picked up speed. She birded two of her first four holes, then caught two consecutive birdies on holes 6 and 7 to finish her round at 4-under par. Woad’s five birdies lead the Seminoles and tie four others for most round one birdies.
Woad also leads the 65-player field in par-4 scoring with an average of 3.70 (-3).
Three Seminoles shot 1-over-par for the first round of the match-up. Charlotte Heath, Alice Hodge and Kaylah Williams currently share tenth place.
Charlotte Heath started nine holes at the top of the leaderboard after shooting 2 under par. Their troubles began at the turn, as did many other players, due to the fierce gusts of wind that are bringing thunderstorms to Tallahassee tonight through tomorrow morning.
After nine holes, Heath started her back nine with three straight bogeys, followed by a bogey and her only birdie of the back nine on hole #7. She parried her remaining two holes to shoot 3-overs on her back. nine, resulting in a 1-over-par 73 on the first round.
Alice Hodge consistently fought her way through her round, returning a bogey with a birdie all day long. Her front nine consisted of that fluidity as she opened her round with a bogey at #13 followed by a birdie at #14. The rest of her nine consisted of another pair of a bogey and a birdie, evenly matched overall – par for Hodge’s first nine holes.
Hodge kept her back nine consistent, allowing just one bogey and making saves the other eight holes. Her 1-over finish on the back nine gave a 1-over par 73 for round one.
Kaylah Williams continued her impressive game from the Valspar Augusta Invitational. After shooting a season-low 73 in the Valspar, Williams equaled her season-low for the second time after shooting 1-over (73) in round one of the matchup.
Williams caught two birdies on her front nine and only allowed a single bogey to shoot 1-under par on her first nine holes. On the turn, she opened her back nine with a bogey, but quickly recovered with a birdie on the second hole of the nine.
Her only double bogey came on her 14th hole of the day, the 150 yard par 3 fifth hole. She made par on her remaining four holes and finished 1 over par.
Amelia Williamson shot a 3-over-par 75 and was 19th at the end of the first round. Her round got off to a great start as she made par on her first six holes. Only on the seventh hole with 400 yards par 4 did she make her first bogey of the round.
Williamson finished bogey, birdie, bogey on her last three holes of the front nine to shoot 1-over-par. After the turn, she screwed her 11th hole of the day but followed up with a great start with back-to-back bogeys and a final bogey on the 7th hole.
Katherine Cook opened her round with a birdie on hole #10 – the 395-yard par 4. After saving her second hole, she allowed two bogeys, followed by her final birdie of the day on hole #17.
On three holes, Cook was 4-over par after double-bogeying on hole #3, followed by back-to-back birdies on holes 4 and 6. She finished 4-over par (76) and is currently inside a tie for 27th place.
Madison Hewlett made her collegiate debut as a Seminole in her first tournament at the Florida State Match-Up. Despite only catching one birdie on her first round, she still managed to hit an impressive 5-over-par 77 in her first career start.
Hewlett shot 3-overs to the front nine, followed by an improved back nine with 2-over par for a total of 5-overs for the first round of the matchup. She is currently T32.
Florida State leads the 12-team field in birdies and par-4 scoring, with a 3.94 (-3) average on a combination of all ten par-4s. The Seminoles totaled 16 birdies, three more than Kentucky, which is second with 13 birdies.
Each Seminole shot below the first round average score of the Florida State Match-Up. The average score of all 65 players combined was 77.23.
In addition to regular tournament play, the Florida State Match-Up consists of a match-up portion where each team (by their own invitation) is paired with another team. The four best scores and the single worst score are taken from both teams to give the match-up result. Florida State and Oklahoma currently lead the matchup portion with four shots (367), followed closely by Purdue and Kent State with 371.
Below are match-up results for all teams;
Match Up Scores
FSU and OU
68-73-73-73-80 = 367
Purdue and Kent St
71-72-73-74-81 = 371
ETSU and Tulane
70-71-74-76-81 = 372
Kentucky and ND
70-73-73-76-84 = 376
CC and Augusta
72-72-75-75-89 = 383
Daytona and Mercer
76-78-79-82-86 = 401
Tee times begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday morning. Katherine Cook and Madison Hewlett tee off individually at 10:50 from the Seminoles’ #1 hole. Live scoring can be found at golfstat.com. Keep up to date with the Seminoles @fsugolf on Twitter and Instagram.