TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Golf program has announced its 2016-17 schedule. The competitive slate features a total of 10 regular-season tournaments, highlighted by the return of the Seminole Intercollegiate held at Southwood Golf Club on March 10-12, 2017. “We’re coming off a season where we had the toughest schedule in the country heading into the post season,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said.
“Our schedule has not changed a great deal over the past five seasons. My philosophy is simple. Play the best competition on golf courses that will help us develop our players, keeping travel and academics in mind. We look to expose our guys to different grasses, climates and fields throughout the year.”
Florida State Men’s Golf’s home tournament comes back for its 41st year, beginning its roots in Tallahassee in the 1969-70 season. In addition, FSU will play in four other tournaments that ranked in the Top 13 last year in terms of participant strength.
FSU competes in three tournaments in the fall 2016, followed by seven in the spring 2017 prior to the ACC Championship on April 21-23 at Old North State Club in New London, N.C.
Two of FSU’s regular-season tournaments take place in renowned professional golf courses. The Seminoles return to the Olympia Fields Invitational at Olympia Fields Golf Course Sept. 16-18. The site was home to the 2003 U.S. Open and was also FSU’s best showing last season, shooting a single-day tournament record 273 (-7) in the first round en route to the tournament title.
Following a quick one-year hiatus, FSU competes once again at the Sea Best Invitational hosted by Jacksonville University at TPC Sawgrass – home to the PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The tournament will take place on March 6-7.
The Seminoles begin the 2016-17 year with the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C., on Sept. 10-11. It is one of three guaranteed trips to the state of North Carolina, as FSU will also play at the Irish Creek Collegiate at the Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. (April 8-9).
The Seminoles also return to the Valspar Collegiate Invitational held at Floridian Golf Club on March 19-21.
FSU rounds out its fall schedule with the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate (Oct. 3-4) at Old Overton Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala. Included in the spring schedule is the SunTrust Gator Invitational (Feb. 18-19) in Gainesville and the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabos, Mexico (Feb. 26-28).
NCAA Regionals will take place May 15-17, with the six hosts sites including Baton Rouge, La. (University Club), Murfreesboro, Tenn. (The Grove), West Lafayette, Ind. (Kampen Course), Stanford, Calif. (Stanford Golf Course), Austin, Texas (UT Golf Club) and Auburn, Wash. (Washington National Golf Club).
The NCAA Championship is May 26-31 in Sugar Grove, Ill., at Rich Harvest Farms.
Florida State Men’s Golf has punched its ticket to the NCAA Championship in each of the last five years, tying for the sixth-longest streak nationally. FSU’s current streak of 11 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances is also a program record.
In each of the last four years, FSU has won at least one tournament played and finished in the Top five in 51 of its last 72 tournaments (70.8 percent).
Headlining FSU’s seven returning letterwinners is redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar. The Chile native enjoyed a career year in 2015-16, being named to the Division I PING All-Southeast Region Team as well as the All-ACC Team. Fellow senior Josh Lee, who posted a career-low average of 72.73 last year, is another key returnee.
Jones will begin his 14th season as FSU’s head coach, totaling 20 tournament wins in his illustrious career with the Seminoles. He has coached and developed nine All-Americans in his tenure while producing 20 All-America honors.
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