Courtesy of Florida State Athletics
For winning the Ninth Annual Schooner Fall Classic, Florida State head coach Amy Bond was presented with an autographed guitar by Trivia Covel and country music superstar Toby Keith – the tournament co-hosts.
After their wire-to-wire victory at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla., no one would fault Bard and her Seminoles for riffing Keith's breakthrough single, "How Do You Like Me Now?!"
With Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team members Charlotte Heath and Amelia Williamson headlining the roster along with freshman Lottie Woad, the reigning British Girls' Amateur champion, rest assured there is a lot to like about this year's edition of the Seminoles.
Florida State shot a school-record 13 under par 267 in the first round and never looked back in Norman, winning the 54-hole event by three strokes over TCU. Oklahoma State (-7), Houston (-6) and Baylor (-4) rounded out the top-five.
TCU's Caitlyn Macnab claimed medalist honors with a 10 under-par score of 200, which was good for a one-stroke win over Karisa Chul-Ak-Sorn of Iowa State. Woad (-5; 8th) and Heath (-4; 9th) both finished in the top-10 of the individual standings.
“From start to finish we played good golf,” said Bond. “We played well in a variety of weather conditions on a really good golf course. We didn’t get off the best of starts today but we finished well and that showed me that there’s a lot of heart within the girls on our team.
“I’m happy for this group to get their first win. Congratulations to them for a great week of golf.”
Florida State set the school record for a team score in a three-round tournament with its 828 team total, breaking the previous record of 829 when the Seminoles won the 2016 Schooner Fall Classic.
As expected, Woad has had an immediate impact in Tallahassee and has been the 'Noles top finisher in each of their first two events. She finished tied for fourth in the season-opener at the Cougar Classic held at the Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, SC and then opened the Schooner Classic with a 5-under 65, tying a school record. She followed with rounds of 71 and 69 to notch her second consecutive top-10 finish.
Heath's 4-under 206 earned the two-time Curtis Cup team member her ninth career top-10 finish.
The Seminoles also received strong play from promising freshman Jacqueline Putrino, who tied for 20th at even par 210 in her collegiate debut. Williamson finished in a tie for 27th place at 1-over 211 (71-70-70).
Macnab carded a final-round 64 (-6) on the way to a 54-hole TCU school record of 10-under 200 to capture medalist honors. The new mark surpasses the 54-hole mark of 203 she set last season at the Jim West Challenge.
Macnab's final round led the hard-charging Horned Frogs who shot 12-under on Monday to jump up into second place, just three shots back of the Seminoles.
It was a good three days for TCU, which set a new program record with a score of 831 over 54 holes, besting last year's record of 832 at the Jim West Challenge.
About the Schooner Fall Classic
The Schooner Fall Classic is held to benefit the OK Kids Korral, a nonprofit group that aids children with cancer and their families. The OK Kids Korral is a “home away from home” facility where children with cancer and their families can spend time either overnight or during the day, cost-free, while receiving treatment at nearby children’s hospitals. Amenities include overnight suites, daytime rooms, dining areas, game rooms, living rooms, a kitchen, a laundry room, and family resource rooms. It is designed as a relaxing, safe haven.
ABOUT THE The Schooner Fall Classic
54-hole women's college
by the University of Oklahoma. Team (best four
out of five players each round) and individual
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