Woad proved Bond and his staff right in their early assessments of Woad, as her accomplishments in the first three Seminole tournaments of her career put her as the nation’s only rookie on the ANNIKA Awards watch list for the fall 2022 season. She averaged 69.00 strokes over the first eight rounds of her career, and she became the sixth freshman in school history to win an individual championship as she finished tied for first place at the Ivy Intercollegiate.
Woad and her teammates start playing in their last tournament of the fall season – on the 20the Annual Landfall Tradition – Fridays at the Country Club of Landfall. It’s one of the best events of the fall season in women’s college golf with the No. 16 Seminoles competing against four of the top 20 teams (No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 5 South Carolina, No. 13 Duke and No. 19 San Jose State) along with eight other teams ranked in the national top 50.
A total of 18 teams will compete for the championship. South Carolina enters as the defending tournament champion. The Seminoles are making their ninth league appearance and finished second in the team standings in 2003.
The Florida State roster of senior Amelia Williamson, juniors Charlotte Heath and Alice Hodge, and freshmen Jacqui Putrino and Woad will play together in their third straight event after winning the Schooner Fall Championship Classic and finished second in the Ivy League Intercollegiate.
The Seminoles’ early season success was among the many reasons Woad chose to become a Seminole.
“Florida State is a really good program,” Woad said. “I made my choice primarily based on Coach Bond and his staff and all that the university had to offer. I saw myself working with them because of the way they worked and the way they worked when I was talking to them. Florida State has had great players, the facilities here are amazing. Every aspect of Florida State really made me want to come here.
Waad, who was introduced to golf by her father, started taking lessons when she was seven years old.
She has continuously worked to improve her game, rising through the English National Curriculum levels to become one of the most accomplished junior golfers of recent years.
“Lottie works very hard and it clearly shows in the way she plays,” Heath said. “I’m excited to see what she does the rest of the season.”
Woad played alongside teammates Seminole Heath and Williamson as England won the European Women’s Team Championship last summer.
Along with his success on the golf course in the first three tournaments of his Seminole career, Woad made a comfortable transition to life at Florida State University.
“It took a bit of time to adjust to a new environment,” Woad said. “My life in America is quite different from what it is in England. I had a lot to sort out, especially with school and getting used to the different types of classes I was taking. adjust to being more independent and away from my family.
According to Bond, Woad’s transition was almost seamless.
“Lottie made the transition to life and golf here in the United States very well,” Bond said. “She adapted quite quickly to the different turfs and obligations of being a student athlete. The quality of her golf and her grades are impressive at the start of the year. I’m proud of the way she handled the differences here in the United States and she did it with a smile on her face.
Woad is also excited about her progress in her first semester as a Seminole, both in class and on the course.
“My best accomplishment so far at Florida State was winning the Ivy League Intercollegiate,” Woad said. “I was in contention in my first two events and didn’t quite get the wins, but I learned a lot from those two experiences. I was happy to have won my third event, although I didn’t expect to win so quickly.
As she enters the first round of Friday’s Landfall Tradition, Woad can look forward to more success, both on and off the course, throughout her career.