TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Golf team, which finished in 15th place at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships, will play nine regular season tournaments beginning with the Schooner Fall Classic in September as the Seminoles look to advance to the NCAA Tournament for their school-record 12th consecutive year. The Seminoles will play host to the jewel of their schedule – the Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course – Feb. 10-12, 2017.
The Seminoles are the defending tournament champions after winning the title for the first time in 2016. Florida State will play host to 11 teams in the event including Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Virginia who all played in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
“Our schedule includes five tournaments we played in last season and four that our new to our schedule,” seventh-year head coach Amy Bond said. “Our schedule includes events played on an exciting mix of courses with different types of grasses and against fields that will test us against the best teams in the country. I am really excited to play our way through our schedule because the courses and the competition are going to help us become a better team throughout the season.”
The Seminoles play in four events during the fall 2016 season: The Schooner Fall Classic (hosted by University of Oklahoma, Sept. 24-26), the Cougar Fall Classic (hosted by the College of Charleston, Oct. 9-10), the Jim West Challenge (hosted by Texas State University, Oct 9-10) and the Cardinal Cup (hosted by the University of Louisville, Oct. 23-25).
Florida State will play in five regular season tournaments during the spring of 2017 as it prepares for another anticipated return to the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles open the spring season at the Florida Challenge (hosted by the University of South Florida, Jan. 30) and by hosting the Florida State Match-Up (hosted by Florida State, Feb. 10-12) before a string of three new events to the schedule: The Dickson (hosted by the University of Houston, Feb. 27-28), the Notre Dame Clover Cup (hosted by the University of Notre Dame in Mesa, Az., March 17-19) and the Clemson Invitational (hosted by Clemson University, April 1-3).
The Seminoles begin postseason play at the ACC Championships (April 22-24). The NCAA Regional Championships (May 8-10) will be played at four different sites (Albuquerque, N.M., Columbus, Ohio, Greenville, N.C. and Lubbock, Texas) and the NCAA Championship Finals (May 19-24) will be played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Florida State returns its top seven golfers including all five members of its lineup who played in the NCAA Championship Finals – seniors Matilda Castren and Lydia Gumm along with juniors Kayla Jones, Kim Metraux and Morgane Metraux.
Florida State finished the 2015-16 season ranked 19th nationally by Golfstat, 24th nationally by Golfweek and finished 15th nationally in the NCAA Division I Championship Finals. It finished second at the NCAA Division I Shoal Creek Regional championship, won team championships at the fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic and the spring 2016 Florida State Match-Up, finished in the top five of nine of its 13 matches, had two players earn NCAA Shoal Creek All-Region honors (Castren and Kim Metraux) and had two players earn All-ACC honors (Castren and Kim Metraux).