Record five female golfers named to WGCA Scholar Athlete Team
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — A school-record five players — Cecilie Finne-Ipsen, Alice Hodge, Elle Johnson, Kaylah Williams and Amelia Williamson — have been named to the 2022 WGCA Varsity Athlete Team. All five selections for the Seminoles break the record four on the prestigious academy team (2018 and 2021) and mark the ninth straight year at least one Florida State golfer has been named a top national academy.
Florida State finished tied for first among ACC teams with Duke, with five players honored on the WGCA Scholars Athlete Team.
Cécile Finne-Ipsen senior was named to the team for the third time in her career (once at Florida State and twice as an outstanding student-athlete at UNC Charlotte) while Hodge, Johnson and Williamson were named to the team for the second time in their career and for the second year in a row. Hodge, Johnson and Williamson are now members of a select group of 14 Florida State golfers who have been named to the WGCA team multiple times. Williams was named to the team for the first time in her career.
Florida State has a 3.438 team GPA with three players (Hodge, Williams and Madison Hewlett) earning perfect 4.0 GPA ratings and two others (Finne-Ipsen, Johnson) earning roster academic honors. Dean. Two Seminoles — Beatrice Wallin in the humanities and Williamson in sports management — earned their bachelor’s degrees from Florida State University at the end of the spring semester.
“It’s been a great year for our program,” said head coach Amy Bond. “Each of the girls on our team did their job in class and on the course. It’s a standard they all hold themselves to; doing well academically is expected of every Seminole. In addition to our success in the classroom, they were also successful in the course. We won three tournament championships, won our second NCAA regional championship, advanced to match play in the NCAA championships for the first time, and finished tied for fifth in the national championship standings.
Williamson, who averaged a career-low 72.04 shots in the 2021-22 fall and spring seasons, achieved a 3.625 grade point average while earning his bachelor’s degree while preparing to lead the Seminoles to NCAA Regional and Championship Finals. She won her first career individual championship at the Florida State Match Up and finished tied for ninth place as she led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship. Williamson will return to anchor the Seminoles roster in 2023.
“Academics have always been of personal importance to me,” Williamson said. “My parents sacrificed a lot to send me to one of the best university schools in the UK and ever since then I have always wanted to get a degree. They never pressured me and expected specific grades, but I had high standards for myself. Graduating (from Florida State) means a lot to me. It gives me a solid foundation for life after professional golf. I grew as a person and gained knowledge by devoting time and effort to graduating I just wish I could play professional golf and more college side by side.
Finne-Ipsen, who earned the WGCA academic honor for the third time in her career, will return to the Seminoles for the 2022-23 season as she completes her management degree. In her four years as an accomplished scholar-athlete, Finne-Ipsen is only three grades (A-, A-, B) away from a perfect 4.0 GPA for her entire career. career.
“School success is very important to me for several reasons,” Finne-Ipsen said. “My parents have always been 100% supportive of my golf. Their only request for me was that I also get a degree. They instilled in me that it is never bad to have a plan B in case I am injured and couldn’t play. Second, as a person. I’m not one to do anything halfway when it comes to school. Another reason for me personally is to show myself that I am more than just a golfer; that I am capable of succeeding in other areas of my life.
A total of 25 different Seminole golfers have been named to the WGCA Scholars Athlete Team a total of 54 times (including Bond in 1998) since the honor was established in 1991.
Seminoles on WGCA Scholarship Athlete Team
1996, Aguri Okura, Mabel Pascual del Pobil
1997, Sarah Capie, Aguri Okura
1998, Amy Bond, Sarah Capie
1999, Louise Wright
2000, Louise Wright
2001, Kristin Tamulis
2002, Alison Curdt
2003, Alison Curdt, Caroline Larsson
2004, Alison Curdt, Caroline Larsson
2005, Whitney Brummett, Caroline Larsson, Kristin Sordel
2006, Whitney Brummett, Jaclyn Burch, Caroline Larsson
2007, Whitney Brummett, Jaclyn Burch, Caroline Westrup
2008, Whitney Brummett, Caroline Westrup
2009, Caroline Westrup
2014, Laure Castelain
2015, Kayla Jones, Kim Métraux, Morgane Métraux
2016, Kim Metraux, Morgane Metraux
2017, Amanda Doherty, Kim Métraux, Morgane Métraux
2018, Amanda Doherty, Kim Métraux, Morgane Métraux, Kathleen Sumner
2019, Amanda Doherty, Puk Lyng Thomsen
2020, Amanda Doherty, Puk Lyng Thomsen, Kathleen Sumner
2021, Alice Hodge, Elle Johnson, Taylor Roberts, Amelia Williamson
2022, Cecilie Finne-Ipsen, Alice Hodge, Elle Johnson, Kaylah Williams, Amelia Williamson