TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s golf team, which has finished in the top five of eight of its 11 events this year, has been selected to 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 (out of 18 in each of four regions) after three rounds and 54 holes of play with advance to the NCAA Championship Finals at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., May 20-25.
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.
The Seminoles’ selection to the NCAA regional championships marks the school record 11th consecutive season they have participated in the NCAA Tournament. It marks the sixth consecutive year in her six seasons as Florida State’s head coach that Amy Bond has led the Seminoles into the NCAA women’s golf championship field.
“Our team is very excited about our selection to play in the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship,” said Bond. “Being selected to play in the regional championship was one of our goals when the season began in September. Now that we have attained our goal of being selected to play in the regionals, we are approaching playing at Shoal Creek with the mindset of advancing to the national championship.”
Built around the Seminoles’ most experienced players, Florida State’s line-up will consist of juniors Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) and Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) along with sophomores Kayla Jones (Milton, Ga,), Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland). The NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship marks the fifth consecutive event these players will compete in as a unit; they also made up the Seminoles’ lineup in winning the Florida State Match-Up tournament.
Florida State’s quintet of Castren (two NCAA regional appearances), Gumm (two), Jones (one), Morgane Metraux (one) and Kim Metraux (first career NCAA regional appearance) has played a combined six regional championships. Morgan Metraux earned All-Region honors in 2015 as she finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings at the NCAA San Antonio Regional.
“This is the first step on our postseason journey,” said Gumm. “We are excited and focused to play against so many great teams at Shoal Creek next week. We know that we have to play well to advance or our season comes to an end. As individual competitors we have confidence in each other and that allows us to have confidence in our team. It’s going to be a fun week with a lot of great golf being played and we are all excited to be playing in May.”
Florida State’s selection to play in the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek 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.
Three more NCAA Regional Championships will be contested at University Club in Baton Rouge, La. (hosted by the Louisiana State), at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. (hosted by Stanford University) and at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas (hosted by Texas A&M University).
NCAA Shoal Creek Regional: Alabama, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Cal, Iowa State, Florida State, Tennessee, Missouri, Purdue, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State, Eastern Kentucky, Oakland, Alabama State.