TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State has been selected to play in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Golf Regional Championship at the Don Veller Golf Club in Tallahassee – a three-day event that will be played May 7-9 in the Capital City for the second time in history. The Seminoles are seeded No. 7 in the 18-team event, with the top six teams advancing to play in the NCAA Championship Finals at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., May 18-23. It marks the 14th consecutive season and eighth straight under Head Coach Amy Bond that the Seminoles will play in an NCAA Regional Championship.
The Seminoles will compete with – Alabama (the No. 2 overall seed in the championship), Furman, Arizona, Washington, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, UNLV, Kennesaw State, Denver, Coastal Carolina, Missouri, College of Charleston, Richmond, Albany– for the team and individual titles in the Tallahassee Regional Championships.
“Our team has looked forward to being selected for the NCAA Regional Championship all year long,” said Bond. “Our players have worked very hard to get to this point, and, now that NCAA’s are here we couldn’t be more excited. It brings even more excitement to us that the event is being played on our home course. We have an amazing opportunity to play in front of our fans, in our beautiful city and in surroundings that we are familiar and comfortable playing in.”
Florida State will play host to an NCAA Regional Championship for the second time in school history. The Seminoles hosted the 2014 NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship at Southwood Golf Club.
The Don Veller Golf Club is a challenging layout which was renovated in 2004 with designs by world renowned golf course architect Robert C. Walker. The course is situated in a natural setting among the rolling hills of Tallahassee. Admission to all three days of the tournament is free of charge.
“It’s such an incredible honor to have the opportunity to host an NCAA Regional Championship,” said Bond. “The support by our university and athletics department for our golf teams helps us compete on the national level and as one of the top programs in the country. Our sincere appreciation goes to John Thrasher, our university President and to Stan Wilcox, our university Vice President and Director of Athletics. It’s the support that we continue to receive from Florida State University that allows us to play for national championships on an annual basis.”
Florida State is ranked 30th in the most recent national poll by GolfStat. The Seminoles have earned seven top-five team finishes and finished in second place in the ACC Championships. Bond and the Seminoles played host to the Florida State Match-Up in February and earned a fifth place finish in what is considered to be one of the most challenging events in college golf.
The Seminoles are led by sophomore Amanda Doherty who enters the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship with a career-low 73.22 stroke average – the second lowest career average in school history. She will be joined by seniors Kim Metraux, Morgane Metraux and Kayla Jones, as well as freshman Kathleen Sumner in Florida State’s lineup.
“We are all very excited to get the opportunity to play regionals on our home course,” said Doherty. “It’s always nice to get to stay at home and play on your own course. This is the fun part of the year that our team has been working really hard all year to get to.”
The 18 teams and six individual players selected to play in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional will play a practice round on Sunday with play in the first round of the tournament at Don Veller beginning Monday at 8:00 a.m.
NCAA Tallahassee Regional (listed by seeds)
5. Wake Forest
7. FLORIDA STATE
12. Kennesaw State
14. Coastal Carolina
16. College of Charleston
NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship – Individuals
1. Hee Ying Loy – East Tennessee State University
2. Claudia De Antonio – Louisiana State University
3. Fernanda Lira – University of Central Arkansas
4. Emma Svensson – University of Central Arkansas
5. Valentina Giraldo – Jacksonville State University
6. Kaeli Jones – University of Central Florida