Former North Hardin Golfer Leads Florida State Into NCAA Tournament

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Florida State golfer. and former North Hardin standout, Lydia Gumm will lead her team into the NCAA Tournament for the fourth, and final time.

The Florida State Seminoles Women’s Golf team is riding a wave of success as they prepare for the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms, hosted by Northern Illinois University. This Seminoles golf team is currently ranked 4th in nation, and have five of the Top 100 players in the Country. This 2016-2017 team has brought unprecedented success to the Seminoles program, winning six of their nine tournament appearances, and becoming the winning-est team in program history!

With all of the team and individual success this season, there has been one constant over the past few years, and that is Senior Lydia Gumm.

When asked if there was any sort of adjustments from high school to college, Gumm stated, “In high school you are a little more focused on your own individual play, but at the collegiate level, you focus a lot on your team. We are really like one big family.”

Gumm may be remembered around Kentucky as a Golfer who was a seven-time All-State Girl’s Golf team honoree, a Ms. Kentucky golf award winner five times, a seven-time All-Area Player of the Year, Ten time all-Area First-Team selection at North Hardin High School, played in the Kentucky High School State Championship Tournament 10 times, earned six regional state championships, and much more. Needless to say, Gumm had a very successful golf career prior to attending Florida State. With all the accolades she has received, Gumm said the her win at the Florida Challenge, where she tied for first, has meant the most to her throughout her career.

Since arriving on campus, Gumm has found success on the Golf Course; in Fall 2013, she was one of four Florida State Golfers to play in all four of their fall events. Not only did she compete in the events, but she performed fairly well, with finishes of 28, 90, T57, and T58. Gumm’s success would continue as she went into Spring 2014, where she would appear in the Seminoles’ starting line-up in all seven events, which would include her first career ACC Championship, where she would finish T22,  and NCAA regional Championship event, where she would finish T36. During the Spring, Gumm became the Seminoles’ fourth-leading golfer, with a 75.35 stroke average, including 13 of 20 rounds where she would score a 75 or below.


Fall 2013 

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Mo Morial Invitational 77-77-74 +12 228 28
Lady Paladin Invitational 76-DQ-75 90
Schooner Fall Classic 77-79-75 +21 231 T57
Alamo Invitational 75-77-73 +9 225 T58


Spring 2014

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Florida Challenge 72-76 +4 148 T11
Florida State Match-Up 75-78-76 +13 229 T32
Lady Gator Invitational 79-75-75 +19 229 53
Bryan National Collegiate 73-75-82 +14 230 T27 Landing Intercollegiate 76-74-73 +7 223 T35
ACC Championships 80-75-73 +15 228 T22
NCAA East Regional Championships 75-72-73 +4 220 T36


In the fall of 2014 Gumm continued to build to her golf resume as she appeared in all four events as a member of the Florida State starting line-up, averaged a career-low 72.42 strokes through 12 rounds, extended her consecutive tournaments-played streak to 15, earned career best statistics for a single round, and finished as Florida State’s leader for the first time in her career at the Schooner Fall classic, where she tied for 24th.

Later that fall, Gumm would earn the first top-10 finish of her career at the Mo Morial Invitational, where she finished seventh. Throughout the fall Gumm would earn two of her 12 career top-20 finishes at the Mo Morial (seventh), and the Lady Paladin Invitational (Tied for 17th).

In the Spring semester of 2015 Gumm would reach new heights as a member of Florida State’s Women’s Golf team. In the spring she would earn All-ACC honors averaging a 73.65 stroke average through six events. Gumm would be named as a team captain in the spring, and helped lead Flordia State to the NCAA Championships for the 10th consecutive season, and help the team. The Seminoles would play in the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional Championship where Gumm would record the first eagle of her Florida State career, and the Seminoles would finish in a tie for 10th place in the team standings.

Fall 2014

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Mo Morial Invitational 75-70-74 +3 219 7
Lady Paladin Invitational 75-75-72 +6 222 T17
Schooner Fall Classic 72-70-70 +2 212 T24
Alamo Invitational 68-72-76 E 216 T21


Spring 2015

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Florida Challenge 72-78 +6 150 12
Florida State Match-Up 76-73-75 +9 225 T23
Gator Women’s Invitational 74-75-69 +8 218 4 Landing Intercollegiate 78-68-77 +7 223 T35
ACC Championships 70-72-72 -2 214 T8
NCAA San Antonio Regional Championships 75-74-73 +6 222 T54

Over the next two years, Gumm showed nothing but consistency and excellence on the golf course with 14 Top-20 finishes, and nine of those being Top-10 finishes. Now finishing up her fourth and final year at Florida State, Gumm has helped the Seminoles, ranked fourth in the nation, reach the NCAA Championship tournament for her school record fourth time, and her second consecutive year in the NCAA Championship Finals. This time last year, Gumm finished the Championship round tied for 53, but this year she is looking to capitalize on a successful year with eight Top-20 finishes and six top-10 finishes through 11 events, including the ACC Championships and NCAA Columbus Regional Championships.

The Florida State Seminoles Tee off at 1:00 p.m. EST, at Rich Harvest Farms, hosted by Northern Illinois University.

Although Gumm has traveled all over the country playing golf, she says that Lincoln Trail Golf Course still holds a special place in her heart, and is one of her favorite courses. Gumm recalls growing up, playing everyday at Lincoln Trail, and during Summers, will come back home to practice and help mentor other golfers.

Gumm has recently graduated from Florida State. When asked what her next step is when she finishes up her collegiate career, she stated that she will be moving to Dallas to work as a Golf instructor. She would later say that she would love to become a golf coach at the college level in the future.

We want to wish Lydia Gumm and the Florida State Seminoles the best of luck as they compete for an NCAA Championship. Here is hoping that Gumm can finish her already impressive career at Florida State in impressive fashion.


View the rest of Lydia Gumm’s career finishes at Florida State, below.

(Courtesy of the Florida State Sports Information Department)

Fall 2015

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Jacksonville Classic 71-72-76 +3 219 T11
Jim West Challenge 71-68-75 -2 214 T9
Cardinal Cup 73-72-77 +6 222 T14


Spring 2016

Tournament 1-2-3-4 Par Total Finish
Florida Challenge 69-72 -3 141 T1
Florida State Match-Up 74-73-72 +3 219 T8
Gator Women’s Invitational 75-75-72 +12 222 T23
3M Lady Jaguar Invitational 81-73-80 +18 234 T66
Briar’s Creek Invitational 75-71-72 +2 218 T21
Bryan National Collegiate 73-75-82 +14 230 T34
ACC Championships 75-77-72 +8 224 T24
NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championships 78-73-77 +12 228 T15
NCAA Championship Finals 75-75-74-71 +7 295 T53


Fall 2016

Tournament 1-2-3-4 Par Total Finish
Schooner Fall Classic 69-68-69 -7 206 T4
Cougar Fall Classic 73-72-71 E 216 T22
Jim West Challenge 74-76-72 +6 222 T43
Cardinal Cup 76-75-74 +9 225 T10


Spring 2017

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Florida Challenge 75-75 +6 150 T12
Florida State Match-Up 71-67-70 -8 208 T2
The Dickson Intercollegiate 74-68-73 -1 215 T9
Notre Dame Clover Cup 72-72-71 -1 215 T10
Clemson Invitational 73-70-79 +6 222 T39
ACC Championships 70-74-71 -1 215 T4
NCAA Columbus Regional Championships 75-76-73 +8 224 T13
NCAA Championship Finals



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