THE WOODLANDS, Tex. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Golf team begins play on in the Dickson Intercollegiate at The Woodlands Country Club looking to win consecutive team championships in the same event for only the sixth time in school history. The Seminoles won the team title in the Dickson with a 24-stroke victory over Kent State on this same course a year ago and are primed to finish as the team champions for the second straight time when play in the 54-hole event begins Monday.
Florida State most recently defended a championship in the Florida State Match-Up as it won the team title in both 2016 and 2017. The Seminoles also won three consecutive team championships at the 1987, 1988 and 1989 LSU Fairwood Invitational, the 1988 and 1989 Metro Conference Championships and the 2002 and 2003 Florida Championships.
The Seminoles are one of six teams ranked in the nation’s top-35 in the 16-school event hosted by the University of Houston. No. 32 Florida State will battle No 16 Kent State, No. 21 Houston, No. 23 Iowa State, No. 25 Purdue, Charlotte, Clemson, Mississippi State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas San Antonio, Texas State, Texas Tech and Tulsa in the two-day championship.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to play in this championship for the second consecutive season,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “The chance to defend our title is a bonus. This is a strong field; one that allows us to play against a number of teams that we won’t see again until the postseason. I know our girls are looking forward to playing in this event because of the great competition they will play against on a great course.”
Florida State arrived in Houston fresh from its fifth place finish at the Florida State Match-Up.
“I know each of our girls learned a lot about their games at the Match-Up,” said Bond. “They all performed well and all realized some things they know they all need to work on moving forward. Though it was a short two-week period between the Match-Up and the Dickson, they’ve all worked hard, and they are moving in a really great direction as we move into March.”
Florida State will field the same lineup (seniors Kayla Jones, Kim Metraux and Morgane Metraux; sophomore Amanda Doherty and freshman Kathleen Sumner) that led the Seminoles to a second place finish at the Ocean Course Invitational and a top-10 finish at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate during the fall 2017 season. It’s a lineup that includes a combined total of 27 top-10 finishes and four individual championships.
“Qualifying among our girls to play in the Dickson was very competitive,” said Bond. “We’re happy to get Morgane back into the lineup and looking forward to seeing that this group can do this week. It’s a group that has played well together and one that is anchored by a group of three seniors who have been among our most successful players in the last four seasons. We are sure we are going to see a lot of good golf from this group because of how much good golf they have played as Seminoles.”
Doherty, who finished in second place in the individual standings at the Florida State Match-Up, is playing as well as any if the five Seminoles in the lineup this week. She enters the Dickson averaging a career-low 71.53 strokes in 15 rounds during five events – currently the lowest scoring average for a single season in school history.
Doherty, though, isn’t the type of player to rest on her accomplishments.
“This is a new week and a new tournament,” said Doherty. “I am really pleased with how I performed at the Match-Up and I need to build on those scores and that finish. I have been working on my putting and I am excited to play in this really good tournament.”
The event begins with a shotgun start for the first rounds and 36 holes on Monday. The Seminoles are paired with Texas A&M and TCU in the first two rounds with begins at 11 a.m. (eastern). The teams will be re-paired for the third round beginning on Tuesday. The final 18 holes will also be played from a shotgun start.