TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Seminole women’s golf team plays host to the Fourth Annual Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course Feb. 12-14, 2016. The 12-team tournament is the most unique of all collegiate golf tournaments as it pairs two teams that not only compete against each other but compete with each other against the other five match-ups. At the end of three days and 54 holes of golf, a team champion, a match-up champion and an individual champion are crowned as one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year gets the spring golf season off to a rousing start.
The tournament – which is the brainchild of Seminole head coach Amy Bond – is quickly becoming one of the most popular events of the year in women’s collegiate golf and annually attracts some of the nation’s top teams including the host Seminoles along with No. 17 Texas A&M, No. 18 Tennessee and No. 19 Virginia. Past team champions in the event include Georgia (2013), South Carolina (2014) and Furman (2015).
“We wanted to create an early-season event that not only showcased great golf but one that also fostered long-lasting friendships among the players and coaches,” said Bond. “We spend the fall and spring seasons competing against each other and this format allows the players to compete on the course and develop friendships while playing 18 holes together.”
The event also gives the Seminoles the opportunity to play on their home course in front of their families, friends and Florida State classmates in their only home tournament of the year.
“It’s a great opportunity to show off our great facility and show the rest of the country how fortunate we are to be student-athletes at Florida State,” said junior Lydia Gumm. “It’s fun to play in front of the many people who support us throughout the year including FSU staff members who come out to watch us play. It’s an honor for us to play on our home course and it is allows us to give thanks to the administration of the athletics department for showing its incredible support of our team.”
The honor, said athletics director Stan Wilcox, comes from the incredible pride that he and his staff take in supporting every student-athlete at Florida State.
“Our women’s golf team is one of the top teams in the nation,” said Wilcox. “Hosting a premier golf event here in Tallahassee is a wonderful opportunity for the team to perform in front of fans, friends and administrators that support the program. The Florida State Match-Up is an outstanding weekend and is recognized as one of the top women’s collegiate golf events of the year.”
Bond, a Florida State alumna who is now in her sixth season as the Seminoles’ head coach, is thankful to Wilcox and the FSU administration for the tremendous support the team receives to stage the event.
“It takes a lot of coordination from a number of different departments and the work of an incredible amount of people to run a golf tournament,” said Bond. “The support we receive from so many offices, departments and people is huge and very uplifting. It’s uplifting because of the many people who give so generously of their time to support our team.”
The opportunity to play on the Seminoles home course is not lost on sophomore Kim Metraux who has played across the globe and in some of the biggest tournaments in golf including the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships in Japan and the 2015 European Ladies Amateur Championships.
“The opportunity to play on our home course is awesome because we all know how much work goes into hosting a golf tournament,” said Metraux. “It’s a privilege and an honor that we are all very appreciative of because of the support we get from our coaching staff and our administration. We are all looking forward to playing on our home course and representing Florida State University.”
Play in the Florida State Match-Up begins at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Admission is free on all three days with spectators treated to some of the best women’s golf in the country right here in the Capital City.