TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The No. 3 ranked Florida State women’s golf team, which won the team championship in three of its four fall 2016 events, will play in the 2017 ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M at the Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, Minn., Sept. 30-Oct. 3. The event brings the best teams in collegiate women’s golf together for a 12 team, 54-hole event early during the fall season.
The Seminoles are one of seven teams that are confirmed participants in the event along with No. 1 ranked Stanford, No. 4 and defending tournament champion USC, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Georgia, No. 10 Arkansas and Minnesota, the host team. The remainder of the field will be selected after the NCAA Championships in May 2017.
The ANNIKA Foundation – golf Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organization — is the sponsor of the event along with the 3M corporation which is based in Minnesota. In addition to bringing the best teams in women’s golf to Olympic Hills, the winner of the 2017 ANNIKA Award presented by 3M will be honored as the most outstanding Division I golfer as selected by coaches, players and members of the media.
“We are pleased to have been asked to participate in this tremendous event,” said Seminole head coach Amy Bond. “Being selected to play in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate is an honor and a tribute to our players who have worked so hard to make our program what it is today. We are fortunate to represent Florida State University and the Department of Athletics in this event.”
The tournament moves to Olympic Hills after a great three-year run at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.
“We’re extremely excited and honored to be hosting the 2017 ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M,” says Dan Luther, owner of Olympic Hills. “We look forward to working with Annika and her foundation to make the event a huge success.”
Olympic Hills underwent an extensive renovation by renowned golf course architect Ron Prichard from 2013-15. Traditionally rated one of the state’s toughest layouts, Prichard reshaped greens, widened fairways, built new tees and fairway bunkers, and oversaw installation of a state-of-the-art irrigation system to improve turf health.
Florida State opens its spring season on Jan. 30 at the Florida Challenge at the Black Diamond Golf Club in Lecanto, Fla.
The Seminoles play host to the jewel of their schedule – the Fourth Annual Florida State Match-Up – at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Club Feb. 10-12, 2017.