SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Florida State is in fifth place in the team standings and has advanced to the fourth and final round of stroke play at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships at the Grayhawk Golf Club. The Seminoles begin play on Monday looking to maintain their place in the top eight of the team standings in order to advance to the match play round for the second consecutive year. The match play semifinals begin on Tuesday.
Three rounds of match play will be contested on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the 2023 NCAA Division I team champion.
Florida State’s fifth place finish is the best three-round finish in program history at the NCAA Championship Finals after finishing in sixth place in 2022. The Seminoles are just one of five teams along with Stanford, LSU, Texas and South Carolina to advance to the fourth and final stroke play round in each of the last three season. Florida State has finished in the top 12 of the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championship Finals in each of the last five tournaments (T12th, 2018; 12th, 2019; 8th, 2020; 6th, 2022; 5th, 2023).
“That was a really, really good round of golf by each member of our team,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “That was a tough day of golf. The hole locations were the most difficult they have been, and the greens were as firm as they’ve been all week. It’s great to be playing another day – it’s the only way you can win a national championship. We’ve gone from one in 266 (NCAA Division I teams) to begin the season, to one in 30 to begin the week, and now we are one of 15 who can win a national championship.”
Senior Charlotte Heath is in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings with a three-round total of 5 under par 211. She carded a 3 under par score of 69 in Sunday’s third round. Heath tied her tournament best with five birdies in the third round to raise her total to 13 birdies in the first three rounds of the championship. She carded a birdie on her third hole of the round to go under par and stayed under par for the remainder of the round. Heath earned birdies on three of her first nine and two of her final six holes.
“That was a special round of golf played by Charlotte today,” said Bond. “She made putts when she had to, and I know she is happy with where her game is right now.”
Heath was announced last week as a finalist for the ANNIKA Award as the nation’s top player.
Heath’s round of 69 marked the third…
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