Sophomore Wallin leads FSU to second place finish at Bay Point
Sunday was another beautiful, but breezy afternoon to finish out the seventh annual Florida State Match-Up, the first held at Bay Point Golf Club's Nicklaus Course.
FSU entered the third and final round 11 shots back of LSU's lead and finished 14 strokes behind, but individual players' strong weekend and Sunday performances stood out.
Swedish sophomore Beatrice Wallin carded a one over 73, following up a 75 and 72 to finish 4-over for the tournament in second place individually.
Senior Sandra Salonen of Finland shot the Seminoles' low round on Sunday with an even 72.
No. 14 LSU won the event, with Ingrid Lindblad taking the individual title by eight strokes at 4-under, a 69 sealing the runaway victory.
All in all, the Garnet and Gold are pleased with the trip to Bay County even though a lot has changed since first booking.
"Obviously the hurricane hadn't come through," head coach Amy Bond said, "so when it came through I thought, 'why take it away?' It's a great golf course and a great community. We wanted to bring college golf here. We wanted to give people something to look forward to. There's still areas around here that are being worked on after the hurricane, so I think it's great not only for the girls to see that there's always work to be done, but also being a great spot where people are excited to see you."
For Wallin, a second place finish in the second event of the spring season means good momentum.
"I've been playing really good," the 2019 All ACC player said. "Over the winter, I practiced a lot on my swing. I shortened my swing to make it more consistent. It feels really good. I'm happy to be playing good."
LSU's Lindblad was the only player to finish under par, an impressive feat considering the whipping winds for both rounds on Saturday and steady breeze the following day.
"It's a tough golf course," Bond added. "The green complexes are tough, but when you add in the wind which is something we haven't really seen in the times that we've been here, it makes this golf course really tough. All of the girls [Saturday] deserve a big round of applause just for hanging in there."
The Seminoles are using Bay Point as a home away from home while the Veller Course continues renovations.
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