FSU's Wallin 'super excited' to compete in Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship

Chuck Walsh
FSU sports information
Beatrice Wallin recently won the Florida State Match-Up with a career-best score of 12 under par 204 for her first career collegiate championship

Florida State’s Beatrice Wallin - the No. 1 ranked collegiate golfer in the nation - tees off in the Second Annual Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship at 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday at the Champions Retreat Golf Club. 

She is one of an exclusive group of 82 of the top amateur golfers in the world participating in the event which will be hosted on two different courses – the Champions Retreat for rounds one and two and on the famed Augusta National Course during the final round on Saturday.

“I’m super excited,” said the Seminole junior about playing in the ANWA for the second time.  “It’s a very big tournament, a big amateur tournament.  I’m really looking forward to the event, and hopefully I can do better than last time.”

For Wallin, playing better than she did in 2019 would place her among the top five golfers in the event, or allow her to become the second winner in the history of the championship.  In her first appearance she finished in a tie for 7th place with scores of 71-74-71 for an even par total of 216.  Wallin birdied three of her final five holes of the third round to finish under par in two of three rounds played on the world’s most famous golf course.

“I’ve played in the event before, so I’m not as new to the golf course and everything that is going to happen,” said Wallin.  “I’m really looking forward to playing.  I was pretty nervous the first time I played there.  It was big; it was exciting; I was nervous but in a good way.

In 2018, the ANWA was established to inspire greater interest and participation in the women’s game by creating a new, exciting and rewarding pathway for these players to fulfill their dreams.  Jennifer Kupcho, who played golf at Wake Forest, played her final six holes in five under par, including an eagle on the par-five 13th at Augusta National, to become the champion of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019.

The international field of women amateurs will compete over 54 holes of stroke play. A cut will take place after 36 holes, advancing the top 30 players to the final round at Augusta National.  The first 36 holes will be contested over two days on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., March 31 and April 1, 2021.

The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round Friday, April 2. The final round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 3 and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut.

Wallin was chosen to play in the prestigious field of 82 as one of the top amateur players in the world. She is currently the No. 10 ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The winner of the AWNA, should she choose to remain an amateur, will be eligible  to  earn invitations to the next five Augusta National Women’s Amateurs, the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2021 Women’s British Open, and any USGA, R&A and PGA of America amateur championships for which she is eligible for one year.

Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond, who will be in the gallery for every hole Wallin plays this week, is as happy as she can be for her team captain.

“We are so excited for Bea because we know how hard she has worked to put herself in position to play in the greatest championships in the world,” said Bond. 

“The opportunity to play in the ANWA and at Augusta National for the second time in her career is something she will never forget.  Bea simply has to do what she does best – stay in the moment, stay focused and play great golf – things she does every day.

“We are fortunate to be able to enjoy Bea as a person.  Bea is such an incredible representative of Florida State University and our golf program.  We know that she will do well this weekend and know that she has the entire Seminole nation behind her with every shot she takes.”

Wallin’s golf resume reads like no other golfer currently competing as a collegiate player: She led Sweden to the European Ladies’ Team Championships in 2018, 2019 and 2020; she played in the 2019 Spirit International Golf Championship and the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open (December 2020) and has been selected to play for the World Team in the 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup which will be played in June of this year.

Wallin has also earned a long list of honors as a Seminole: 2019 and 2020 All-American Honorable Mention (Golfweek and the WGCA); 2019 All-ACC; 2019 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team; 2019 ACC Academic Honor Roll  and fall 2020 Academic Dean’s List.

The 2021 ANNIKA Award Nominee is on quite a roll as a Seminole with her seven consecutive top-seven individual finishes including individual championships at the spring 2021 Florida State Match-Up and the recently completed Pinetree Women’s Collegiate.  She is 31 strokes under par in four events this spring and 28 strokes under par since the start of the spring 2020 season.

Wallin has led the Seminoles, who are ranked No. 2 nationally in by Golfweek, to team championships at the Florida State Match Up and the Pinetree Collegiate this spring.

“I feel more prepared (this year) because I know how it’s going to be,” said Wallin.  “I feel like I can focus on playing well and not having to worry about everything else.  There are a lot of cameras, people and things going on.  I feel more prepared for just golf.”

She also feels that her the experience she has gained while playing in events such as the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open has prepared her to play well among the excitement of the AWNA.

I feel like it (her time spent on big stages) helps a lot,” said Wallin.  “I feel like I have had those experiences and that helps you to be more confident, and you know what you are doing more.  Those experiences help you focus on the right things.”

Wallin’s first tee on Wednesday can’t come any quicker for the soon-to-be 22-year old from Olofstrop, Sweden.

“I’m feeling excited,” said Wallin.  “I’m aiming high and I want to play well.”

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