TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The return of the Florida State Match-Up, the opportunity to defend its 2019 championships at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Evans Derby Experience along with the ACC Championship, the NCAA Regional Championship and NCAA Championship Finals are among the 12 events on Florida State’s 2019-20 Seminole Women’s Golf Schedule as released by 10th-year Head Coach Amy Bond.
The sixth Florida State Match-Up returns after a year off because of the re-design of the Seminole Golf Course by renowned designer Jack Nicklaus and will be played at the Bay Point Golf Club in Panama City, Fla. After five seasons at the Seminoles’ home courses in Tallahassee, the ever-popular Match-Up format will return with its most competitive field away from Tallahassee for the first time. It will mark the third course for Bond’s signature event after it was played at the Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee (2013-15) and at Seminole (2016-18).
“We are really excited to get back to playing our home event – though we will play the tournament this year at Bay Point,” said Bond. “We are also excited for the opening of the newly re-designed Seminole Golf Course. We want the course to mature completely before bringing the jewel of our schedule home and presenting the masterpiece to the collegiate world in 2021.”
Florida State will defend its championship titles at the Darius Rucker (March 6-8) and at the Evans Derby Experience (March 27-29). The Seminoles led the Darius Rucker wire-to-wire in winning the championship in 2019. Florida State became the first team, and Seminole sophomore Frida Kinhult the first player to finish with under par scores as the Seminoles set team and individual records for the tournament in winning the team and individual championships. The Seminoles won the team championship at the Evans Derby (hosted by Auburn University) as they catapulted themselves from fourth place after the second round into first place at the conclusion of the third round and final round of the event. As a team, Florida State was minus three in the final round in taking home the championship trophy.
Florida State plays in six events – the Cougar Classic (first place in 2007), the Schooner Fall Classic (first place in 2017), the Jim West Challenge (first place in 2017), the Florida State Match-Up (first place in 2016 and 2017), the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (first place in 2019) and the Evans Derby Experience (first place in 2019) – that they have previously won in the last 15 seasons.
Florida State makes its first ever appearance at the Guadalajara International Invitational at the Inaugural Guadalajara Country Club in Mexico and the Valspar Augusta Invitational in Augusta, Ga. while returning to the Landfall Tradition for the fifth time in school history. The Seminoles most recently played at the Landfall Tradition (Wilmington, N.C.) in 2012 and finished in second place in the event in 2003.
“With two NCAA Regional Championships in the East (at Raleigh, N.C. and Athens, Ga.) we wanted to get our girls used to the different conditions in that part of the country,” said Bond. “We also feel it’s important for our girls to see different parts of the country and the world so that’s why we scheduled the tournament in Guadalajara.”
Florida State returns its entire lineup from last season’s No. 9 final national ranking including First-Team All-American and National Freshman of the Year Frida Kinhult. The Seminoles begin the season with three All-ACC selections – Kinhult (2019), Beatrice Wallin (2019) and the team’s lone senior in Amanda Doherty (All-ACC in 2018) and round out their lineup with two sophomores (Puk Lyng Thomsen and Amelia Williamson) who all helped the Seminoles to postseason success in 2019 with a second place finish in the ACC Championship, a second place finish in the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship and a 12th place finish in the NCAA Championship Finals.
Under Bond, the Seminoles will look to play in the NCAA Championship Finals for the school-record fifth consecutive year.
“Our upcoming schedule is very representative of who we are as a team,” said Bond. “The strength of schedule and the degree of difficulty will be very high each time we tee it off. The competition each week will be the best in country as we always look to challenge ourselves and prepare for the postseason.”