March 11, 2016 - by
Castren Leads Florida State At 3M Augusta Invitational

AUGUSTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) – Florida State All-American Matilda Castren shot a 73 and is in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings and the No. 17 Florida State women’s golf team is in sixth place in the team standings after the first round of the 3M Lady Jaguar Invitational at the Forest Hills Golf Club.  Castren carded two birdies and 15 holes at par or better and is only four strokes out of the individual lead with two rounds and 36 holes remaining to be played.

Furman and East Tennessee State are tied for first in the individual standings with identical team scores of 290.  Furman has two golfers in the top five of the individual standings including Alice Chen who is tied for first with a 3 under par score of 69.  East Tennessee State has three golfers in the top 10 of the individual standings including Hee Ying Loy and Rachel Pollock who are tied for fourth with 2 over par scores of 71.  Chen is tied for the individual lead with Jessica Hogwood of Augusta.  A total of eight players in the 89 player field carded scores of par or better.
Florida State played its best golf of the afternoon as it was a combined total of five strokes under par on the final four holes of the round.  The Seminoles have set themselves up to play well in the final two rounds of the tournament – they are only one stroke out of the top five and only nine strokes behind Furman and East Tennessee State.

“We needed a good close,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “We didn’t play with conviction early and didn’t take advantage of what the golf course gave us.  We played the par fives poorly but we recovered late and have put ourselves in a better position than we could have been mid-way through the round.  We need to control what we can control for 36 holes tomorrow.”

Castren (Espoo, Finland) was very consistent during the round as she carded two birdies, was even par over her final 14 holes and was never more than two strokes over par.  Following a string of nine consecutive holes scored at par (holes five through 13) she closed the round with a bogey on hole No. 14 and a birdie on hole No. 17.

 

Castren Leads Florida State At 3M Augusta Invitational

 

“I hit a lot of greens today but did not putt as well as I would have like to today,” said Castren.  “I only made two birdies so I am hoping to make a few more tomorrow in order to help my team climb up the leader board.”

Castren entered the three-round tournament with an average of 71.88 strokes in six tournaments during her junior season.  She has now carded six consecutive rounds at 74 or better with three of the six scored at par or better.  Castren begins play in the second round as Florida State’s leading golfer and has finished as the Seminoles’ leader in 16 of the 26 events she has played in during her collegiate career.

Sophomore Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland), who finished in a tie for third in last week’s Gator Women’s Invitational, carded a 2 over par score of 74 and is in a tie for 17th place in the individual standings.  In carding a 74, Metraux was over par on only two holes during the round.  She played her final six holes at one under par with one birdie and her final five holes played at par.

Sophomores Kayla Jones (Milton, Ga.) and Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) both shot scores of 76 and are tied for 34th in the individual standings.

Florida State will play with Kennesaw State, Augusta and Virginia Tech (in foursomes) on Saturday in a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The event shortened to two days with the teams playing 36 holes on Saturday in anticipation of weather expected to move through the area on Sunday.

3M Lady Jaguar Invitational /Par 72/March 11-13, 2016
Forest Hills Golf Course/Augusta, Ga./First Round Florida State Results
6/16-Florida State, 299
T13-Matilda Castren, 73
T17-Morgane Metraux, 74
T34-Kayla Jones, 76
T34-Kim Metraux, 76
T78-Lydia Gumm, 81

3M Lady Jaguar Invitational /Par 72/March 11-13, 2016
Forest Hills Golf Course/Augusta, Ga./First Round Team Results
T1-Furman, 290
T1-East Tennessee State, 290
3-East Carolina, 295
4-Kennesaw State, 297
5-Augusta, 298
6-Florida State, 299
T7-Virginia Tech, 301
T7-Eastern Michigan, 301
T7-Texas A&M, 301
10-Coastal Carolina, 302
T11-Illinois, 304
T11-Maryland, 304
13, Mercer, 305
14-Troy, 306
15-Georgia Southern, 308
16, Memphis, 315

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