TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The nationally ranked Florida State women’s golf team will defend its championship in four tournaments, play host to the Fifth Annual Florida State Match-Up, participate in the prestigious 3M ANNIKA Intercollegiate and host the Tallahassee NCAA Regional as 2017 ACC Coach of the Year Amy Bond released the Seminoles’ 2017-18 schedule.
The Seminoles, who won a school record six tournament championships last season, will defend their titles at the Schooner Fall Classic hosted by the University of Oklahoma (Sept. 23-25), the Florida State Match-Up (Feb. 9-11), the Dickson Invitational hosted by the University of Houston (Feb. 26-27) and the Clemson Invitational hosted by Clemson University (March 23-25).
The Fifth Annual Florida State Match-Up will return to the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course for the second consecutive year as the Seminoles look to win the jewel of their home schedule for the third straight season. The Seminoles have defeated South Carolina to win the championship in both of the last two events and look to become the first three-time champion in the event.
“The Match-Up has become an event that teams and players really look forward to playing in,” said Bond. It’s really gratifying to have teams calling and asking to play in the Match-Up because they have heard from others how much fun it has been in its first four years. It’s a credit to our players, our staff and the FSU administration that this is one of the fastest growing tournaments in all of college golf.”
Florida State will play in The ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M, co-founded by the ANNIKA Foundation and Golfweek. The 54-hole stroke play event is played at Olympic Hills Golf Club just outside of Minneapolis, and features 12 of the top Division I women’s programs in the country.
“This is an event that we are really excited about because it is truly one of the top events in all of collegiate golf,” said Bond. “Of the 16 teams that played in the NCAA Championship finals in 2017, 12 are playing in this tournament. It’s going to be a great early-season test and a challenge that we are looking forward to meeting head-on.”
Florida State will be at the center of the women’s collegiate golf world in May as they play host to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship May 7-9. It marks the second time since 2014 that FSU will play host to one of four NCAA Regional Championships. Florida State will also play host to an NCAA regional championship in 2022.
It’s an honor to host an NCAA regional,” said Bond. “We are thankful that the NCAA looked upon the golf programs at Florida State in a very favorable light and awarded us the opportunity to host a regional again. That says a tremendous amount about our athletics staff and the pride they take in hosting regionals.”
The Seminoles open their season on Labor Day weekend at the Ocean Course Invitational hosted by the College of Charleston and play at the Stanford Intercollegiate to close out the four-match fall season. Florida State will play in six regular season spring events with the Florida Challenge at the Black Diamond Golf Club in Lecanto, Fla., serving as the tee-off for the traditional spring season. The Seminoles will also play in the Evans Derby Experience hosted by Auburn University.
The ACC Championship returns to the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. The NCAA Championship Finals will be played at the Karsten Creek Country Club in Stillwater, Okla., and will be hosted by Oklahoma State University.
“This is a great schedule loaded with high-powered tournaments,” said Bond. “The schedule takes us all across the country with a test coming on every course. Our program has reached a level where we know we can be successful against the teams in each event. We are looking forward to a fun year.”