TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Still basking in the glow of winning the team championship in its own tournament two weeks ago, the No. 3-ranked Florida State women’s golf team continues its season in earnest as it travels to The Woodlands Country Club in Texas to play in The Dickson Invitational, beginning with 36 holes on Monday. The two-day, 54-hole tournament should prove to be one of the top events on the Seminoles’ schedule as five teams ranked in the GolfStat top 25 and nine teams in the top 50 will battle for the team championship.
The Dickson will be contested by 16 teams, including the Seminoles, No. 10 Kent State, No. 17 Texas A&M, No. 18 Purdue, No. 23 Oklahoma and No. 30 TCU. The event is played at The Woodlands Country Club in the Woodlands, Texas. Live scoring and pairings for the entire event can be found at golfstat.com.
The Dickson is also the beginning of a very difficult stretch of tournaments for the Seminoles who, with four team championships already this year, are one victory from tying the school record for wins in a single year. Florida State’s 1980-81 team won a school-record five events, including the AIAW National Championship to culminate the greatest season in program history.
As they begin play at The Dickson, the Seminoles face an arduous schedule that has them playing three more regular-season events and most likely three postseason events – all away from home in the next three months. Florida State’s travels will take it to Texas, Arizona, South Carolina (twice during the first two weeks in April) and to any one of four different regional sites before hopefully landing the team in the NCAA Championship Finals in Illinois during the third week of May.
FSU head coach Amy Bond knows that her team has a daunting schedule ahead.
“I believe that our team is looking forward to life on the road in the next three months,” Bond said. “It’s what they have all worked for, it’s what they have prepared for since the end of last season when they came up just short of the match-play round at the NCAA Championships. They’ve put themselves in a good position to be successful because of how hard they have worked and how hard they continue to work. I’m really proud of this group of women.”
The Seminoles are coming off one of the most dominating performances in school history in winning the Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Club. Florida State set school records for the lowest tournament score in school history (837) and finished the most strokes under par (-27) in a tournament since the program began in 1970. The Seminoles also tied the five-year tournament’s all-time record with an 871 team score.
According to Bond, the Seminoles have not let success affect their preparations for The Dickson or any of their upcoming events.
“The focus has not changed and their preparation has not dropped off one bit,” said the seventh-year head coach. “And it’s not just the girls who are travelling to play this week (Matilda Castren, Amanda Doherty, Lydia Gumm, Kim Metraux and Morgane Metraux), it’s every player on the roster. Every player on this team is making each of the other players better each day. That has made this group very easy to coach.”
With two Seminoles ranked in the top 10 of the GolfStat Cup Standings (Castren and Morgane Metraux are tied for 10thnationally), another in the top 60 (Gumm is ranked 56th) and two more in the top 150 (Kim Metraux and Doherty), these Seminoles have proven to be as formidable a quintet as there is in all of college golf. Florida State is the only team in the nation with four championships, has played the second toughest schedule in the country and is just 25 strokes from having won each of its six events and defeating each of its opponents.
The Seminoles are 53 strokes under par through their first six tournaments, a statistic that doesn’t seem to faze any of the Seminoles.
“We just need to focusing on what we have been doing so far,” said Morgane Metraux, who won her second career individual title at the Florida State Match-Up. “We’re all working hard and our hard work has been paying off. We simply have to focus on what we have been doing every rather than getting too excited and projecting any success we might have to far in the distance.”
Morgane Metraux has won two individual championships in the Seminoles’ first six events and is a total of 23 strokes under par as a junior. She was 12 strokes under par in claiming the championship of the fall season opening Schooner Classic and was 11 strokes under par in winning the Florida State Match-Up.
Castren, the Seminoles’ all-time leader in individual wins, knows that there is only one way to approach Florida State’s upcoming schedule.
“We have to stay patient, stay in every moment and enjoy every trip we get to take as a team,” said Castren. “This is a special semester for Lydia and me. It’s our last as Seminoles and we want to make it very special. We need to continue to work hard, stay confident and enjoy the process. If we all do that, the results should be very special.”