SHOAL CREEK, Ala. (seminoles.com) — The Florida State women’s golf team, which has finished in the top five of eight of its 11 events this year, will play in the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship which will be contested at the Shoal Creek Country Club in Shoal Creek, Ala., May 5-7, 2016. The Seminoles are the No. 6 seed in the regional championship. The top six teams after three rounds and 54 holes of play will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., May 20-25.
THE 2016 SHOAL CREEK REGIONAL FIELD
No. 22 Florida State is joined by No. 1 Alabama (No. 1 seed in the Shoal Creek Regional), No. 8 Northwestern, No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Cal, No. 17 Iowa State, No. 25 Tennessee, No. 32 Missouri, No. 36 Purdue, No. 40 Notre Dame, No. 41 Vanderbilt, No. 47 Clemson, No. 50 Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State, Eastern Kentucky, Oakland and Alabama State at the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship. The event will be contested on the Par 72, 6,470 yard Country Club at Shoal Creek course (a Jack Nicklaus design) which opened in 1977 and has played host to the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships, the 1986 US Amateur Championship the 2008 US Junior Amateur Championship.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State enters the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship ranked 22ndnationally by Golfstat and 26th by GolfWeek. The Seminoles have been ranked as high a 17th nationally this season and have been ranked in the nation’s top 30 since winning the Florida State Match-Up in Tallahassee in February.
SEMINOLES IN THE INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State enters the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship with two players — No. 65 Matilda Castren and No. 84 Kim Metraux – ranked in the top 100 players in the current Golfstat Cup Rankings. They are two of the 20 women ranked in the top 100 by Golfstat who will play in the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional.
FLORIDA STATE’S HISTORY IN THE NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Florida State’s selection to play in the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Championship marks the 21st 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 and now 2016.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE 2015 NCAA SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Morgane Metraux finished in a tie for 10th place in the final individual standings, and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in a tie for 10th place in the final team standings as play in the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional Women’s Golf Championship at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club came to a close. Neither Metraux nor the Seminoles advanced to the NCAA Championship finals. Metraux finished tied for fourth among the leading individuals not on a qualifying team – she fell just one stroke from earning an appearance in the championship finals for the first time in her career.
CASTREN AND KIM METRAUX EARN ALL-ACC HONORS
Florida State junior Matilda Castren and sophomore Kim Metraux have been named to the 2016 All-ACC women’s Golf in a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. It marks second time Castren has earned the honor, the first time Metraux has earned all-conference honors and the 16th consecutive year at least one Seminole has been named to the All-ACC team. Florida State (two selections) and Duke (four selections) were the only two teams in the league who had multiple selections to the All-ACC team and were one of eight teams who had at least one player named to the 12-member team.
FLORIDA STATE AMONG ACC LEADERS
Florida State, which is one of 10 ACC teams that earned the chance to play for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, is ranked second in the ACC in stroke average (293.0 in 29 rounds), carded the lowest single round team score of the year among the 12 ACC teams (274/-14) in the first round of the fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic and is the only team with multiple golfers (Matilda Castren and Kim Metraux) in the top five of the individual stroke average leaders in the conference entering regional championship play.