TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Less than one week from the start of the Seminole hosted Florida State Match-Up at the Seminole Legacy Golf Course, the Florida State Women’s Golf Team is ranked No. 11 nationally in the first poll of the 2021 spring season by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. The Seminoles are one of three ACC teams in the nation’s top 15 and the only team from the state of Florida in the top 12.
The Seminoles play host to the Eighth Annual Florida State Match-Up – which has grown into the top early season tournament in women’s collegiate golf – Feb. 26-28, 2021. The 14-team tournament will be played at the newly redesigned Seminole Legacy Golf Course in Tallahassee. The club recently completed a comprehensive renovation of its golf facilities, led by the famed Nicklaus Design Company.
The Florida State Match-Up will be the first collegiate tournament played on the newly designed course.
I’m really excited about our fourth place finish at our season-opening event,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “I’m even more excited that our girls are getting the recognition they have worked so hard for in the last year. This is been an indescribably tough year for everyone in the world, and I’m glad we can all begin to get back to the things we love to do.
“For our team and our staff, what we love to do is play and coach golf. With the incredible support of our university and athletics administration since last March, we have been able to do that. We are thankful to the many people who have helped us get back to competing on our beautiful new course.”
Florida State is joined in the top 12 of the WGCA poll by Virginia (fourth) and Wake Forest (seventh) from the ACC. Also ranked among the top-20 from the ACC is Miami (tied for 16th) and Virginia Tech (22nd).
When the Florida State Match-Up begins at the Seminole Legacy on Friday morning, the Seminoles will look to become the first three-time team champion after victories in 2016 and 2017. The Seminoles will also look to become the first team with three individual champions. Florida State All-Americans Matilda Castren (2014) and Morgane Metraux (2017) won the individual titles in two of the first seven editions of the Match-Up.
“I’m super excited to play our first home event” said junior Beatrice Wallin. “I feel like we all played some good golf last weekend and are ready to play this event. We have played the course a lot and I think we are prepared for its challenges, and hopefully we will get that win!
Wallin (tied for sixth) and freshman Charlotte Heath (fifth) both earned top-10 individual finishes at the spring season opening Moon Invitational. The Seminoles also finished with an eight under par team score of 856 at the Moon Invitational and were one of only four teams in the event to finish below par in each of the three rounds. Florida State finished with the second best team score in the third round – a score of four under par 284.
“We’re really excited to bring great collegiate golf back to Tallahassee after playing this tournament in Panama City during the redesign of the Seminole Legacy,” said Bond. “Playing at home and having the opportunity to show off our awesome new course is something our staff is really looking forward to. It’s going to be a great weekend of golf in the Capital City.”
WGCA Coaches Poll
2-South Carolina, 493
5-Ole Miss, 419
6-Southern Cal, 414
7-Wake Forest, 399
8-Oklahoma State, 384
9-Arizona State, 316
11-FLORIDA STATE, 290
14-Kent State, 263
22-Virginia Tech, 75
T25-Michigan State, 58