TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s golf team, which is ranked No. 14 in this week’s Golfweek national poll, will play in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M — one of the toughest tournaments of the entire year — beginning Sunday at the Olympic Hills Golf Club just outside of Minneapolis. The tournament features 12 of the top Division I programs in the country and is co-sponsored by the great Annika Sorenstam and Golfweek.
“This is a new event for us and to be invited to play in one of the most prestigious tournaments in college golf is great for our program,” said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond. “To be included in such a great field is important for our program and being invited to play in this event is a credit to our current players and our past golfers. It illustrates that we continue to raise the bar throughout our program and that is something we strive to do each day. I really like the way our program is trending.”
Bond is excited about the challenge of playing in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate and knows that it will serve as one of the best fields of the entire year for her team which has opened the fall season with a pair of top-five team finishes.
The Seminoles will compete against No. 1 Arkansas, No. 6 Southern Cal, No. 10 Furman No. 12 South Carolina and No. 23 Stanford along with perennial powers Baylor, UCLA, Georgia, Texas, Minnesota and Miami.
“One of the many great aspects of this event is that we will play against teams from the West Coast (Stanford, UCLA and USC) that we don’t often compete against until the National Championship.” said Bond. “It’s great for us to see how we measure up against those teams while at the same time seeing how they fare against us. That’s what makes playing in this event so exciting.”
In terms of strength of schedule, it doesn’t get any tougher than playing in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate. The ANNIKA Intercollegiate was ranked as the nation’s top women’s tournament by Golfweek during the 2016-17 season.
Florida State is playing for the second consecutive weekend after finishing fifth in the Schooner Fall Classic. The Seminoles showed tremendous resolve in finishing in fifth place in the event after sitting in a tie for 10th place after the first round. Bond was especially happy with their play as they battled the wind and fought back.
“I was very encouraged by how each of the girls played in Oklahoma,” said Bond. “Our upperclassmen continued to play strong golf and, we have to have that from Kim and Morgane (Metraux) to be successful. Amanda Doherty continues to play outstanding golf as she was at or below par in all three rounds. I was very happy with the play of sophomore Ashley Mangan and freshman Kathleen Sumner. Ashley’s play in her first collegiate tournament showed me that we can count on her and Kathleen has already exceeded our expectations in the first two events of her career.”
For the five members of the Seminoles’ lineup, playing in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate will be a new experience.
“It’s an honor for our team to be invited to play in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate,” said Morgane Metraux. “Being a part of that field means that we earned it from our results and, I am very proud of this team for that accomplishment. Playing in the event and against such a strong group of teams is going to a tremendous challenge and will also prove to be great preparation for the postseason in May.”
One of the highlights of the weekend is the presentation of the 2017 ANNIKA Award to the nation’s top golfer. Metraux was included on the ANNIKA Award Watch List during her junior season and will be one of the top contenders for the award as a senior.
The Seminoles’ lineup for the tournament includes Kim and Morgane Metraux, Doherty, Sumner and senior Kayla Jones who finished in a tie for 29th place in the individual standings in the season opening Ocean Course Invitational. Florida State finished in second place at the Ocean Course Invitational to open the season with the same lineup.
Three Seminoles finished the Schooner Fall Classic under par (Kim and Morgane Metraux and Doherty) par and will all look to ride that momentum into the ANNIKA. Morgane Metraux is a cumulative total of 1-stroke under par with four of her six rounds scored a par or better while Doherty is at even par though Florida State’s first two events. A total of five Seminoles have played rounds under par led by Doherty’s three rounds scored below par.
“This is a really exciting week for our team,” said Bond. “We have played good golf in our first two events. This will be a great event for all of our players to continue to improve as individuals and for us to continue to get better as a team.”