Maddie Szeryk, Aggies Back In Action

Women’s Golf Takes On Florida State Match-Up This Weekend

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.

Maddie Szeryk. Photo: Texas A&M Athletics.

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

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.”

A&M’s Szeryk, Chandler Among Leaders In First Arnold Palmer Cup Rankings

NORMAN, Okla. – Texas A&M senior Maddie Szeryk ranked fifth among international women’s golfers and junior Chandler Phillips ranked 15th among United States men’s golfers in the first spring Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking for the 2018 event at Evian Resort Golf Club. The top six golfers from the final ranking in the Spring from both the United States and International men and women – 12 total golfers – shall be among the 24 individuals selected to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup July 6-8. The 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup will be the first that features both men’s and women’s collegiate golfers, after the previous versions featured just men’s teams.

Maddie Szeryk. Photo: Texas A&M.

Szeryk is averaging 70.60 strokes per round this season, having finished in the top 10 in all five events she has competed in this season, finishing second twice this season. Szeryk is a two-time All-American at Texas A&M, and has been an All-SEC selection in each of her three previous seasons in Aggieland.

Phillips, who was a member of the United States team for the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup, is averaging 71.07 strokes per round for the No. 4 men’s team, and has posted three Top 10 finishes in five events this season, including a victory at the Badger Invitational, Sept. 10-12. Phillips is a two-time All-SEC selection at Texas A&M and was named an All-American after the 2016-17 season.

Using Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a penalty for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.

The remaining six men’s and women’s spots for the United States will consist of five committee selections, including at least one non-Division I golfer, and a coaches pick. The balance of the International team will include the men’s and women’s winners of The R&A Scholars Tournament, four committee selections and a coaches pick.

Subsequent rankings will be released on February 22 and March 8 with teams being announced March 15 during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

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