PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay Point's Nicklaus Course has seen our area's best high school golf. This weekend, it'll host some of the county's best college golf.
Saturday and Sunday, the seventh annual Florida State Match-Up moves two hours west to Panama City Beach. Ten women's teams split into five pairs, competing for team and individual championships.
The Seminoles are paired with No. 13 Alabama. Clemson matches up with No. 14 LSU. Kansas State pairs with Toledo, Missouri with Coastal Carolina, and Memphis with USF.
Ordinarily, this event is held at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course, but while that finishes renovations, the Garnet and Gold is comfortable with the stand-in.
"I chose Bay Point way back when because it's kind of like an extra home golf course for us," head coach Amy Bond said. "We've been there quite a few times. The girls are used to it and it will be fun. I always like to host obviously here in Tallahassee, the golf course is just not tournament ready yet. Bay Point will be a great test for everybody. We've got some great teams. We look forward to being close to home and being on familiar grass."
Although players would prefer to compete on campus, the Match-Up offers a hybrid feel of home event mixed with road tournament.
"It's always nice to be able to play at home to get people to be able to come our and watch," senior captain Amanda Doherty admitted. "Two hours away is pretty close and we get the beach which is nice."
"I think we'll get a good amount of support and fans over in Panama City so I think it will feel pretty much like a home tournament," junior Kathleen Sumner added. "Also, it will have more of a tournament vibe because we'll be in a hotel."
Bringing the event to Bay Point is a move a few years in the making.
"This has been in the works really for the last three and a half years," Bond said. "I went down there a couple years a go to try to work it out. They were more than receptive to trying to do it. So it's actually a nice little change. Plus after the Hurricane, it's really nice to be able to go and say 'thank you' to those guys for going through everything. There's still some rebuilding going on over there. It's a promise kept and it's an exciting week for us all."
Admission and parking are free to watch 36 holes Saturday and 18 Sunday beginning at 8 A.M.
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