TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s golf team has played one of the toughest schedules in the country and has earned wins over three teams currently ranked in the nation’s top 25 in its first three matches of the spring season. Along with their wins over top-25 teams have come three top-five team finishes at the Florida State Match-Up, the Dickson Invitational and the Evans Derby Experience.
There will be no let-up in the level of competition as the Seminoles begin play in the third annual Clemson Invitational on Friday at the Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C. The 15-team field will play 18 holes a day, Friday through Sunday on the par 72 course that was designed by Jack Nicklaus.
The field for the event includes 11 teams ranked in the top 50 in the nation by Golfstat and 10 who are ranked in the top 50 by Golfweek. Furman (9) and Michigan State (10) are both ranked in the top 10, while Oklahoma is ranked 15th, Purdue is 21st and the Seminoles are ranked 28th by Golfstat. The competitive field includes five teams from the Big 10, three from the SEC, two from the ACC and one from the Big 12. Individually, nine of the top 50, and 17 of the top 85 players in the nation according to the latest Golfweek rankings will compete of the championship.
Florida State enters the Clemson Invitational as the defending team champion after winning the title in 2017. The Seminoles’ win at Clemson last season was one of a school-record six tournament championships during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 seasons.
“This is a great tournament for us to play in because the field is full of teams who we hope to see in the postseason,” said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond. “There are teams from the ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Big 12 that will continue to help us prepare for NCAA play in May. With this being our last regular season tournament, we are gearing up for a strong finish and looking at it as a springboard into the postseason knowing the next time we play will be the ACC Championship.”
The Seminoles will play with an experienced lineup this weekend – a starting five that includes three seniors (Kayla Jones, Kim Metraux and Morgane Metraux), a sophomore (Amanda Doherty) and a freshman (Kathleen Sumner). Of the Seminoles’ starting five, three (Kim Metraux, Morgane Metraux and Doherty) played in this event in 2017 and two (Kim Metraux and Doherty) finished in the top 15 of the individual standings in leading Florida State to the team championship.
All five players in the Seminoles’ lineup are ranked in the top 12 for career scoring average at Florida State with Morgane Metraux ranking third in school history with a 73.49 career scoring average.
Results will be available on Golfstat throughout the weekend with detailed recaps on Seminoles.com after all three rounds.