TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State junior Matilda Castren and sophomore Kim Metraux have been named to the 2016 All-ACC women’s Golf Team in a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. It marks the second time Castren has earned the honor, the first time Metraux has earned all-conference honors and the 16th consecutive year at least one Seminole has been named to the All-ACC team.
Florida State begins play Thursday at the NCAA Regional Championship at the Shoal Creek Country Club in Shoal Creek, Ala. It marks the school record 11thconsecutive NCAA appearance for the Seminoles and the sixth consecutive under head coach Amy Bond. Bond has led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament in each of her six seasons as Florida State’s head coach.
Florida State (two selections) and Duke (four selections) were the only two teams in the league who had multiple selections to the All-ACC team and were one of eight teams who had at least one player named to the 12-member team.
“I’m really happy for Matilda and Kim,” said Bond as the Seminoles continued their preparations for the start of Thursday’s regional championship. “It’s a great honor for both players and will serve as a momentum builder for all of the players at Shoal Creek. We have leaders on this team who have also enjoyed strong seasons and who could have earned All-ACC honors, too. This is as much a team honor as it is for Matilda and Kim. I know that if Matilda and Kim could divide up their awards amongst their teammates they certainly would.”
Castren enters regional play ranked fourth in the ACC with a 72.77 stroke average and is ranked sixth among all ACC golfers in the GolfStat Cup Standings. She has earned two victories this year as a junior (Jacksonville Classic and Florida Challenge) to bring her career total to four and enters the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship only one win from tying the Florida State record for career individual tournament wins.
“I’m really happy to be named to the All-ACC team,” said Castren. “I owe a lot of my success to my coaches and my teammates who have really helped me mature as a person and as a player this year. This is much more of a team award than it is an individual award and I am happy to be competing with my teammates at Shoal Creek this week.”
Metraux is ranked fifth in the ACC with a career-low 72.97 stroke average in a career-high 11 tournaments this year. She has earned a career-high and team leading five top-10 finishes including a career best finish of second place twice – at the Jacksonville Classic and at the Florida State Match-Up. Metraux was the Seminoles’ leading golfer at the fall 2015 Cardinal Cup and the spring 2016 Florida State Match-Up.
“I am truly honored to be named to the All-ACC team,” said Metraux. “It’s quite unexpected because this is such a great conference for golf. I need to thank my teammates for playing such great golf and playing so well as a team. We are competing in the regionals because we are a strong team made up of great players.”
Castren, who also earned All-ACC honors in 2014, and Metraux are the fifth set of Florida State teammates to earn All-ACC honors in the same season in school history. Castren is just the fifth player in school history to earn All-ACC honors multiple times in her career.
2016 All-ACC Women’s Golf Team
Matilda Castren, Florida State
Kim Metraux, Florida State
Alice Hewson, Clemson
Celine Boutier, Duke
Virginia Elena Carta, Duke
Sandy Choi, Duke
Leona Maguire, Duke
Laura Restrepo, Louisville
Daniela Darquea, Miami
Talia Campbell, Notre Dame
Lauren Coughlin, Virginia
Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest
ACC Player of the Year: Lauren Coughlin, Virginia
ACC Freshman of the Year: Alice Hewson, Clemson
ACC Coach of the Year: Kim Lewellen, Virginia