TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State golfers Matilda Castren and Morgane Metraux, who helped lead the Seminoles to the nation’s No. 1 ranking during the 2016-17 season, have earned All-American Honorable Mention Honors as awarded by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. With two selections to the All-American teams, the Seminoles were one of only nine teams in the nation with multiple players named to the First, Second and Honorable Mention teams for the 2016-17 season.
Florida State is one only four teams in the ACC who had at least one player named to the All-American teams and was joined by only Wake Forest of the ACC with two players who earned All-American honors. The Seminoles had a school record and ACC-leading four players named to the All-ACC team earlier this month.
The selections of Castren and Metraux to the All-American teams by the WGCA marks the first time in school history the Seminoles have had multiple players earn All-America honors in the same as year as awarded by the sports’ national governing body.
“Our team enjoyed a historical season and to have two players earn All-American honors makes it even more special,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “It’s the first time we have had two players earn All-American honors in the same season and I am extremely proud and happy for Matilda and Morgane. We are all proud of Matilda for being a two-time All-American and are really excited to see what Morgane can accomplish as a senior.”
For Castren (Espoo, Finland) it marks the second time in her career that she has been named an All-American by the WGCA. She is just the second player in school history to be named to the All-American team multiple times in school history.
Castren, who graduated from Florida State on May 6, 2017 with a degree in International Affairs, set the school record for lowest career stroke average — 72.52 — during her four-year varsity career (2014-17). She earned All-American Second-Team honors by the WGCA in 2014 and All-American Honorable Mention by the WGCA in 2017. Castren is a three-time All-ACC selection (2014, 2016 and 2017) who is one of only three players in school history to earn All-ACC honors at least three times as a Seminole. She is the Seminoles’ all-time leader with seven career individual victories.
As a senior in 2017, Castren became the Seminoles’ all-time leader with seven individual victories with her individual championship at the Clemson Invitational. She finished under par in three of eight events and finished in the top 11 in eight of the of the Seminoles’ 12 events. Castren helped lead Florida State to a school record six victories (three in the fall of 2016 and three in the spring of 2017) tied her career best for a single round with a 7 under par 65 in earning medalist honors at the Clemson Invitational.
Castren averaged 72.06 stokes in 35 rounds during 12 events as a senior.
“I’d like to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me become an All-American in my senior season,” said Castren. “I’ll always remember my time at Florida State as the most special period in my life. I am grateful to our coaches, my teammates and Florida State Athletics for making everything possible for me. I have learned so much during my career and I want to thank Coach Bond and her staff for the opportunity to become a better person and a better golfer. My teammates will be my best friends forever and I will be a Seminole for life.”
Metraux, who returns to lead a powerful Seminole lineup for the 2017-18 season, earned All-American honors in 2017 for the first time in her career. She averaged a career-low 72.26 strokes in 12 events and earned All-ACC honors for the second time in her career as a junior. Metraux led the Seminoles with a career-high three individual victories and a career-high six top 10 finishes during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 seasons.
Metraux earned under par individual scores in seven of 12 matches as a junior and was the ACC Golfer of the Month in February. Her score vs. par (-14) in winning the Dickson Intercollegiate is the school record score vs. par. Metraux carded a career low tying single round score of 66 in the second round of the Dickson Intercollegiate – an event she won to earn her third career individual championship.
“To be named an All-American is a huge honor” said Metraux. “I worked hard this year and this honor shows that my hard work paid off. To have two players named to the All-American team shows where our program is nationally. It’s icing on the cake for our team after having such a great year.”
Florida State returns a high powered lineup with three of its five golfers who played in the 2017 NCAA Championship retuning for the 2017-18 fall and spring seasons. The Seminoles will open their fall 2017 season at the Cougar Classic at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. The Seminoles will also play in the prestigious ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M at the Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, Minn., Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2017.
Florida State’s WGCA All-Americans
Nadia Ste-Marie, 1st Team. 1989
Karen Stupples, 2nd Team, 1995
Kristin Tamulis, HM, 2003
Caroline Westrup, 1st Team, 2006
Caroline Westrup, 1st Team, 2007
Caroline Westrup, 2nd Team, 2008
Maria Salinas, HM, 2012
Matilda Castren, 2nd Team, 2014
Matilda Castren, HM, 2017
Morgane Metraux, HM, 2017
WGCA First Team All-Americans
Kristen Gillman, Freshman, University of Alabama
August Kim, Senior, Purdue University
Cheyenne Knight, Sophomore, University of Alabama
Jennifer Kupcho, Sophomore, Wake Forest University
Andrea Lee, Freshman, Stanford University
Leona Maguire, Junior, Duke University
Linnea Strom, Sophomore, Arizona State University
Maddie Szeryk, Junior, Texas A&M University
Maria Torres, Senior, University of Florida
Monica Vaughn, Junior, Arizona State University
Lilia Vu, Sophomore, UCLA
WGCA Second Team All-Americans
Katelyn Dambaugh, Senior, University of South Carolina
Casey Danielson, Senior, Stanford University
Martina Edberg, Senior, California State University, Fullerton
Haylee Harford, Sophomore, Furman University
Hannah Kim, Junior, Northwestern University
Amy Lee, Junior, Baylor University
Haley Moore, Sophomore, University of Arizona
Pimnipa Panthong, Freshman, Kent State University
Lauren Stephenson, Sophomore, University of Alabama
Albane Valenzuela, Freshman, Stanford University
Elodie Van Dievoet, Sophomore, University of Michigan
Dewi Weber, Sophomore, University of Miami
WGCA Honorable Mention All-Americans
Matilda Castren, Senior, Florida State University
Morgane Metraux, Junior, Florida State University
Sarah Burnham, Junior, Michigan State University
Mariel Galdiano, Freshman, UCLA
Kelly Grassel, Senior, University of Florida
Jillian Hollis, Sophomore, University of Georgia
My Leander, Senior, San Jose State University
Harang Lee, Senior, University of Georgia
Olivia Mehaffey, Freshman, Arizona State University
Victoria Morgan, Senior, University of Southern California
Ainhoa Olarra, Junior, University of South Carolina
Sophia Schubert, Junior, University of Texas
Sierra Sims, Senior, Wake Forest University
Robynn Ree, Sophomore, University of Southern California
Bailey Tardy, Sophomore, University of Georgia
Taylor Tomlinson, Junior, University of Florida
Alex White, Senior, Brigham Young University