Aug. 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's golf team, which has played in a school record eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments, will play host to a pair of marquee events - the Second Annual Florida State Match-Up and the NCAA East Regional Championship - as fourth-year head coach Amy Bond released the team's schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
The Florida State Match-Up and the East Regional Championship will both be staged at Southwood Golf Course which is one of the most celebrated courses in the state of Florida. Southwood opened in 2002 and was immediately named one of America's best courses by Golf Digest and called one of the top public courses in the state of Florida in 2010 by GOLF Magazine.
The Florida State Match-Up is one of the most unique tournaments in all of college golf. The format of this event has each of the 12 participating teams paired with another team and playing with that common opponent during the event. Georgia won the team championship while the Bulldogs and Oklahoma teamed to win the match-up standings in the inaugural event in 2013.
"We continue to be amazed at how this tournament and this format have taken the nation by storm," said Bond. "We have a great field of 12 teams again this season with many more of the top teams in the nation calling to get in for future seasons. The support we received last season during all three days of the tournament was tremendous; we are hoping for an even better turnout this season."
Seven of the teams who will play in the Florida State Match-Up played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, five played in the inaugural event in 2013 and three (Clemson, Notre Dame and Virginia) are fellow members of the ACC. Clemson is fielding a women's golf team for the first time during the 2013-14 fall and spring seasons.
The NCAA East Regional Championship will consist of 24 of the nation's best teams and six of the nation's top individuals playing for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship finals at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. The Seminoles will have to earn their way into the field of 72 and be placed in the East Regional to earn the home course advantage.
"The city of Tallahassee and the people in this community really embraced the NCAA Championships hosted by our men's program last spring and we are hoping for the same support this year," said Bond. "There are only three regional championships in women's golf so the eyes of the collegiate golf world will be on Tallahassee during the week of May 8. Hosting a regional says a lot for our program and illustrates what a great area this is for the sport of golf."
The Seminoles will play in a total of 10 regular season events during the season - four in the fall and six more in the spring. That number could jump to 12 should the Seminoles' qualify for the NCAA regional championships and championship finals as expected.
The Seminoles will play in the Mo Morial Tournament hosted by Texas A&M, the Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University, the Schooner Classic hosted by the University of Oklahoma and the Alamo Invitational hosted by the University of Texas-San Antonio during the fall. The Schooner Classic will be played at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman and hosted by country music star Toby Keith and his wife, Tricia.
The spring season consists of five regular season events: the Florida Challenge hosted by USF, the Florida State Match-Up, the Lady Gator Invitational hosted by the University of Florida, the Bryan National Collegiate hosted by Wake Forest, the Web.com/Marsh Landing Invitational hosted by Jacksonville and the ACC Championships at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
"This is a very ambitious schedule but we feel we will have the players to be successful against many of the great teams we will play against," said Bond. "We really looked at how we scheduled and more importantly where we schedule. We will play in the southwest region of the country three times which will prepare us for the NCAA championship finals in Oklahoma. We will also play in the southeast three times which will prepare us for the ACC Championships in North Carolina and spend a great deal of time at Southwood in order to prepare and ready ourselves for the Match-Up and the regional championship."