MELBOURNE, Fla. – Florida State freshman Lottie Woad carded a 6-under par 66 and is in a tie for second place in the individual standings, and the No. 7 ranked Seminole Women’s Golf team is in a tie for 11th place in the team standings after the first round of the Moon Invitational on the Classic Course at the Suntree Golf Club. Woad carded seven birdies and was 6 under par over her final 15 holes of the round. She is one stroke behind the individual leader, Tunrada Piddon of UCF.
With two players in the top-seven of the individual standings, LSU is in first place in the team standings with a 12-under par team score of 276. The Tigers hold a two stroke lead of UCF with two days of golf and 36 holes remaining to be played. Piddon leads the individual race with a career-ow tying 65 – a score she first carded in the Moon Invitational in 2002.
“We began the round slow and sloppy,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “All of the girls showed a lot of heart by finishing with a flourish of birdies on the back. The strokes we picked up late in the round are going to help us in the next two rounds and the wind is predicted to pick up significantly.”
As a team, the Seminoles carded five birdies on the final three holes.
Woad carded her sixth score of 69 or better in the first 15 rounds of her career as a Seminole with her results in the first round of the event. She came within one stoke of tying her career best score of 65 which came during the first round of the Schooner Fall Classic in the fall of 2022. Woad, who is on the ANNIKA Award Watch List, is averaging a program-record 69.53 strokes per round as a first-year Seminole.
Woad began her day with her first of seven birdies to quickly move below par. Following her only bogey of the day on her third hole, the star freshman went on a role. She birdied six of her next 15 holes without a birdie to finish with her near-program record tying 66. The school-record for a single round of 65 has been carded 10 times in program history – including by Woad on September 26, 2022 in her first Schooner Classic.
“Lottie played a great round of golf,” said Bond. “She was able to maneuver her way around the course and make important putts when she had to.”
Senior Amelia Williamson played her best round of in the Seminoles’ two early season events as she carded an even par 72. She totaled two birdies and 14 holes scored a par or better. She closed her round nicely…
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