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Florida State Match Up Golf Tournament Begins Friday At Seminole

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State Head Amy Bond was almost giddy when she walked off of the Suntree Golf Club Course on Tuesday following the Seminoles’ victory in the Moon Invitational. 

She was elated, not only because the Seminoles had won the team championship and defeated nine top-25 teams in the process. Her sense of excitement was not only because her team shot three rounds of under par golf and finished with a 10-under par tournament score.  The smile on her face was not only because three of her players had earned top-10 individual finishes, with each of those players finishing under par. 

All of those reasons were enough to make her a very happy head coach. 

What she was most excited about was that the Seminoles were going home.  Going home to host the Ninth Annual Florida State Match Up at the Seminole Legacy Golf Course beginning Friday (February 25) and running through Sunday (February 27).  Going home to their home course and playing in a great field in one of the special weekends of the year for her team.

“This tournament has become a destination for teams across the country,” said Bond, whose Seminoles enter the event as the defending champions.  “We have three teams from the West Coast (Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State) who are coming across the country to play in this event.  We have a number of teams who have made our tournament an annual part of their schedule.  With the great field that we will welcome to Tallahassee this week, we turned down a list of good teams who wanted to play in the event.”

Three nationally ranked teams headline the event: No. 3 Oregon, No. 16 Florida State, No. 20 Arizona, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Kent State, Mercer, Miami, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, Oregon State and Virginia Tech. 

The 12 teams and 69 players will compete for team and individual championships, as well as the special Match Up team championship.  In addition to competing against each other, the teams are matched in six pairs – Florida State/Virginia Tech, Missouri/Coastal Carolina, Mercer/Middle Tennessee State, Oregon/Arizona, Clemson/Kent State and Miami/Oregon State. 

Florida State has seven of its eight players in the event with five in its lineup (Charlotte Heath, Alice Hodge, Elle Johnson, Beatrice Wallin, and Amelia Williamson) and two playing as individuals (Cecilie Finne-Ipsen and Kaylah Williams). 

Bond came up with the idea for the Florida State Match Up when she returned to Tallahassee to become the Seminoles‘ head coach in 2010.  The Florida State coaching staff wanted coaches and players to be able to participate in a tournament that was unlike anything they play in all year.

Nine years and four different team champions later, Bond has watched her idea grow into one of the most popular events in all of college golf.

“I hoped the idea I had for bringing friends and coaches I had known for a long time together early in the season would resonate within the golf community,” said Bond.  “I am very passionate about this event, our home tournament.  Our administration is so incredibly supportive of our sport, which allows us to run a first-class event on one of the great courses in the nation.”

Bond has led the Seminoles to three team championships (2016, 2017 and 2021) and three match up championships (2015, 2016, 2017 all playing alongside Texas A&M) and three individual championships (Matilda Castren, 2014; Morgane Metraux, 2017, and Beatrice Wallin, 2021). 

 

Florida State Match Up Golf Tournament Begins Friday At Seminole

“Our players love playing in this event,” said Bond.  “There’s something about staying with your routine, sleeping in your own bed and eating food that you are used to eating that makes a home tournament special.  It’s also great to see your friends, your parents, professors from campus and members of the administration and community walking with you as you play.  It’s very comforting to see familiar faces who are cheering for you on every stroke.”

Bond’s players certainly concur with her sentiments of playing at home.

Sophomore Charlotte Heath, who finished in fourth place at the Moon Invitational, is certainly looking forward to playing on her home collegiate course.

The most exciting component to playing at home for Heath is that all of the Seminoles will participate in Florida State’s lineup or as an individual. 

“It will be nice to have our whole team competing,” said Heath.  “We can cheer each other on around the course.  I’m excited to see how well we can play when we are all together on the course.”

Heath finished in a tie for second place in the 2021 Florida State Match Up as she helped lead the Seminoles to the team championship.  She carded scores of 72-70-75 for a three-round total of 217 last year.  Heath finished in a tie for second place with teammate Amelia Williamson in last year’s event.

Florida State’s three-time All-American Beatrice Wallin, the defending individual champion, will play in the Match Up for the third time in her career.  She earned medalist honors in 2021 and finished in second place in 2020.  Wallin is a total of two strokes under par in her first two Match Up appearances, and carded a near school-record 66 in the first round of the 2021 tournament. 

“The best things about playing at home are that we get to play our awesome golf course that we all know pretty well and that we will see some familiar faces out there this weekend,” said Wallin.  “I know for sure that our academic advisor Maggie (Fleming) will be out cheering us on. It will be fun to show her what we actually do during a tournament. The ability to stay at home in our own apartment is very nice and if you forget to pack something, you can just grab. 

“It’s always special playing at your home course.”

Admission is free and fans are welcome to all three rounds of play, which are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. (on Friday and Saturday) and  8:00 a.m. on Sunday.  The Seminoles begin play on hole No. 1 on Friday with 10 minute increments between golfers. 

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