FSU men’s golf to open challenging schedule in midwest

Another set of challenging and competitive tournaments await the Florida State Men’s Golf team in the 2021-22 academic year as it announced its upcoming schedule for both the fall 2021 and spring 2022.

Not only will the tournaments include some of the best programs that collegiate golf has to offer, the courses it will play on are renowned across the country.

“Every year our scheduling objective is to not only play against the top players in the country on a weekly basis, but play golf courses that will help our players develop and prepare the team for the National Championship and them for professional golf,” FSU Head Coach Trey Jones said as he enters his 19th season. “Last year’s schedule once again finished the season ranked as the eighth toughest in Division I golf without being able to compete in the fall. You add that to our fall schedule with venues of Olympia Fields, Muirfield Village, The Alotian Club and The Daniel Island Club – those are all ranked in the top 100 courses in the United States.”

The fall includes a phenomenal slate of events, starting with The Fighting Illini Invitational held at Olympia Fields Country Club from Sept. 17-19. Since 2008, the Seminoles have played in the tournament every year except for 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the fall season.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in the Barbara Nicklaus Cup held Oct. 4-5 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio – continuing its Midwest swing of top-notch golf courses. FSU follows with the Jackson T. Stephens Cup at the Alotian Club in Roland, Ark. (Oct. 18-20) and the Daniel Island Invitational (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) at the Daniel Island Club in South Carolina.

FSU begins the spring season with the familiar Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate (Feb. 14-15), an event the Seminoles have won each of the last three times they’ve played. FSU will once again host the Camp Creek Invitational (Feb. 20-22) out at Camp Creek Golf Club in Panama City Beach. It will mark the first of two trips to Panama City this season, as the ACC Championship will also be played at Shark’s Tooth Golf Club in Panama City Beach from April 22-25.

Two of the toughest tournaments in the country in the Cabo Collegiate (Feb. 27-March 1) and the Valspar Collegiate Invitational (March 28-29) return on the schedule, with the events taking place in Cabo, Mexico, and Palm City, Fla., respectively. FSU finishes the regular season with a new tournament on the schedule, playing at the Old Waverly Collegiate hosted by Mississippi State on April 11-12 in West Point, Miss.

NCAA Regionals will be held from May 16-18 across sites in College Station, Texas, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., New Haven, Conn., Stockton, Calif., Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Columbus, Ohio. The NCAA Championship will be held once again at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., from May 27-June 1.

Despite losing the services of All-Americans John Pak and Vincent Norrman, the Seminoles return plenty of talent to compete among the nation’s best this year. Sophomore All-American Brett Roberts and fellow sophomore Frederik Kjettrup return as a solid 1-2 combination. Redshirt sophomore Cole Anderson also comes back, returning with good post-season experience. Jacksonville University transfer Michael Sakane, who carded a 13-under at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional last year, is a key addition to FSU, as well as Lincoln Memorial University transfer Dan Bradbury. Plenty of young talent is also on the Seminole roster with a chance for several to break through.

Florida State earned a No. 16 ranking by the Golf Channel in its preseason top 30 preview last week, indicative of the high expectations this season despite losing the nation’s Haskins, Nicklaus and Hogan Award winner in Pak. Last year’s team enjoyed a remarkable run, earning the NCAA Championship’s No. 1 overall seed, tying for fifth at the NCAA Championship and securing its first-ever regional win at the Seminole Legacy Club. The monstrous golf course served FSU well in its first full year of existence, with the Seminoles winning four tournaments in 2021.