TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Texas A&M’s women’s golf team heads to the Florida State Match-Up for their first tournament of the spring season, February 9-11. The 12-team, 54-hole tournament is held on the par 72/6,212-yard Don Veller Seminole Golf Club.
The Aggies compete against No. 7 South Carolina, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 16 Virginia, Coastal Carolina, Columbia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Notre Dame, Princeton and hosts Florida State.
Texas A&M senior Maddie Szeryk is looking to continue her success at the event, as she won the 2016 version of the event, and finished second in the 2017 tournament.
In addition to the traditional format where team and individual champions are crowned, each school is paired up with another competing school for the Match-Up portion of the event. The Match-Up portion of the event counts the best four scores from the paired up teams, along with the highest score among the 10 players. Texas A&M and Florida State have won the match-up portion for each of the past three seasons, and are paired up again for the 2018 tournament.
Szeryk, Courtney Dow, Amber Park, Chloe Velasco and Elizabeth Caldarelli make up the lineup for Texas A&M, with Ariana Saenz competing as an individual.
Live scoring for the tournament is available on golfstat.com.
Coaches’ Friendship Creates Match-Up Pairing
This is the sixth edition of the Florida State Match-Up, and the sixth time that Texas A&M and hosts Florida State have been paired together in the match-up portion, due to the friendship between Texas A&M head coach Trelle McCombs and Florida State head coach Amy Bond.
Bond and McCombs have been friends for over a decade, starting when Bond, then an assistant at Florida State, brought the Seminoles to a tournament McCombs was hosting at Augusta State.
“We just kind of hit it off then,” said McCombs. “A lot of people don’t understand our relationship, because she’s so quiet and I’m usually the vocal one. It’s just a special friendship.”
The tournament, which is one of the best of the early spring season, gives the two friends an opportunity to catch up off the course between rounds.
“We will probably go to dinner once or twice while we’re in Tallahassee,” said McCombs. “Friday is my birthday, Amy, [Texas A&M assistant & Trelle’s husband] John and I will probably go to an oyster house.”
On the course, the Match-Up gives Texas A&M a great chance to prepare for the postseason, with a competitive field on a track that the Aggies could see again in May.
“They’re also hosting one of the regional sites this year, which gives us an opportunity to see the course, if we’re chosen to the Tallahassee site,” said McCombs. “It’s a really good field. You’ve got a good mix of teams from the ACC, Big Ten and SEC.”
“We’ve been fortunate to win the Match-Up the past several years, but I really want the spear,” said McCombs of the trophy given to the overall team champion. “It’s hand-made in Florida, and it would be so cool to hang on the wall.”