TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The No. 5 ranked Florida State women’s golf team, which has won the team title in six of its 10 events this year, has been selected to play in the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship which will be contested on the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio, May 8-10, 2017.
The Seminoles are the No. 2 seed in the regional championship. The top six teams (out of 18 in each of four regions) after three rounds and 54 holes of play will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals at the Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., May 19-24.
Florida State enters the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship ranked No. 5 nationally by Golfweek and No. 5 by GolfStat entering the NCAA Regional Championships. The Seminoles have been ranked within the nation’s top 10 – and as high a No. 2 nationally – since winning the team championship at the Schooner Fall Classic in September.
The Seminoles’ selection to the NCAA regional championships marks the school record 12th consecutive season they have participated in the NCAA Tournament. It marks the seventh consecutive year in her seven seasons as Florida State’s head coach that Amy Bond has led the Seminoles into the NCAA women’s golf championship field.
“We have enjoyed a historic season filled with team championships and individual successes,” said Bond. “Our team has worked hard all year to qualify for the postseason. Now that we have accomplished that goal the excitement begins.”
Florida State is one of the most experienced in the 72-team NCAA Championships tournament with two seniors (Matilda Castren and Lydia Gumm), two juniors (Kim and Morgane Metraux) and one freshman (Amanda Doherty) who have played in a combined 155 career matches and helped Florida State win nine tournament championships in the last four seasons.
The veteran group of Seminoles have played in a combined nine NCAA Regional Championships (Castren, three; Gumm, three; Morgane Metraux, two, Kim Metraux, one) entering the 2017 event and led the Seminoles to a school-record second place finish at the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship in 2016.
“It’s an honor for our senior class to be selected to play in regionals for a fourth time during our careers,” said senior captain Lydia Gumm. “Any time we go to the postseason is a bonus and by qualifying for regionals, we are achieving one of our team goals. We worked really hard and we are all excited to see our hard work pay off of this time of the year.”
Florida State’s selection to play in the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship marks its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Regionals. Since the regional format was instituted in women’s golf in 1993, the Seminoles have received bids in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and now in 2017.
“Every round of every tournament has been played to prepare ourselves for this time of the year,” said Bond. “We still have to continue to get better every day, stay in the moment and control what we can control. I am looking forward to the coming weeks and what they have in store for us.”
Three more NCAA Regional Championships will be contested at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. (hosted by the University of Georgia), at the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas (hosted by Texas Tech University) and at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M. (hosted by the University of New Mexico).
NCAA Columbus Regional: Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas A&M, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan, San Jose State, Houston, Louisville, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Old Dominion, Delaware, Missouri State, Cleveland State