April 28, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State University women's golf has been selected to play in the 2014 NCAA East Regional Championship which will be contested at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee on May 8-9-10. The event is open to the public, no admission is charged, parking is free and there are still spots available for those who would like to volunteer to help conduct the championship.
The Seminoles were selected to play in the regional championship and are making their school record ninth consecutive NCAA championships appearance. The Seminoles have played in each of the last four regional championships under head coach Amy Bond and in each of the last nine since the 2006 season.
The Seminoles are one of 72 teams that were selected to the NCAA Regional field with 24 teams competing at each of three sites. Oklahoma State University and Karsten Creek Golf Club will host the NCAA Central Regional Championship and the University of Washington will host the West Regional Championship at Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort. The top eight teams and the top two individuals not on one of the top eight teams from each of the three regional championships will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals at the Tulsa Country Club hosted by the University of Tulsa (May 20-23).
"Our entire team has worked very hard this season to have the opportunity to play at home in the NCAA regional championship," said head coach Amy Bond. "Not only have we earned the opportunity to play in the regionals for the ninth consecutive season but the NCAA and Florida State University have allowed us to have the wonderful honor of hosting the event in Tallahassee. Both honors illustrate the tremendous support of our Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox, the Florida State Department of Athletics and the City of Tallahassee whose desire to see all of our student athletes succeed on a very high level is evident."
Florida State is one of nine ACC teams selected to play in the NCAA regional championships in 2014. The Seminoles are joined by ACC Champion Duke, Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Virginia and Wake Forest as teams who will compete for regional and national championships.
Florida State enters the 2014 NCAA East Regional Championship ranked 30th nationally by GolfStat. The Seminoles have been ranked as high as 22nd this season and won the Web.com Intercollegiate with an incredible 24 stroke victory over the 19-team field April 8.
Florida State is led by freshman Matilda Castren who has won two individual championships and led the Seminoles to five top five teams finishes, including the team title at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate in April. Castren is the third-leading leading golfer in the ACC with a 71.85 stroke average.
"We are very happy to be selected to play in the regional championships" said Castren. "We are very thankful to Florida State University for its support and allowing us to play at home in Tallahassee. To speak for all of my teammates, were are very confident and will play our best golf in order to advance to the championship finals. Earning our way to the regionals is only a part of our goal; we are looking to be top eight at regionals in order to qualify and play well in the national championships at Tulsa."
2014 NCAA East Regional Teams: 1.Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference Champion), 2. South Carolina, 3. Stanford (Pac-12 Champion), 4. Vanderbilt (Southeastern Conference Champion), 5. Pepperdine (West Coast Conference Champion), 6. UCF, 7. Virginia, 8. Auburn, 9. NC State, 10. Florida State, 11. Kentucky, 12. Tulane (Conference USA Champion), 13. Louisville (American Athletic Conference Champion), 14. Baylor, 15. East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun Champion), 16. Georgia, 17. Campbell (Big South Champion), 18. East Carolina, 19. Texas State, 20. College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association Champion), 21. Troy (Sun Belt Champion), 22. Murray State (Ohio Valley Champion), 23. Seton Hall (Big East Champion), 24. Alabama State (Southwestern Athletic Conference Champion) (teams listed by seeds)
2014 NCAA East Regional Individual Participants: 1. Lori Beth Adams, North Carolina-Wilmington,2. Ellen Ceresko, Penn State, 3. Lacey Fears, Mercer, 4. Kaew Preamuchuen, Kennesaw State, 5. Abby Newton, Mississippi, 6. Christina Vosters, Penn State.