S.C. (seminoles.com) – Senior Matilda Castren shot an even par 72 and is in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings, and the No. 4 ranked Florida State women’s golf team is in a tie for fourth place in the team standings after the first round of the Second Annual Clemson Invitational at the Reserve at Lake Keowee. The Seminoles are only six strokes out of the team lead as they play for their school-record sixth team win of the year.
No. 8 Furman, with two players in the top 10 of the individual standings, is the team leader after the first round with a 3-under par total of 285. The Paladins lead a group of five teams (Furman, Michigan State, Florida, Florida State and Texas) that are all within six strokes of the team lead. Alice Chen of Furman holds the individual lead as she carded a 4-under par score of 68. She is one of 14 golfers in the 94 player field that finished with an under par score in the first round.
“We got off to a tough start because it was very wet on the course.” said head coach Amy Bond. “It rained hard through the night but all five of the girls battled back and played solid golf in the first round. They all showed a lot of heart and finished well. We are certainly looking forward to the next two days of golf because I could see each member of our team gaining confidence as they played today’s round.”
Castren (Espoo, Finland) played solid golf throughout the first round with three birdies and 15 holes played at par or better. She played her best golf on the front nine as she finished her first nine holes at 2 under par with two birdies and seven holes scored at par. Castren was 1 stroke under par on her final three holes of the round to finish at even par. It marked the fourth consecutive round that she has carded at par or better and her 11thsingle round score at 75 or better (in 12 rounds) this spring.
“I am pretty satisfied with my round today,” said Castren. “I do feel that I left a lot of opportunities on the course so I am excited to go get them back tomorrow. The wind picked up at the end of the day which made the golf course a little challenging, but we battled, and played pretty well. We are in a good spot after day one and are excited to go out and have a great day on Saturday.”
Castren begins play in the second round only four strokes out of the lead and only two strokes out of the top five in the individual standings. She has earned three top five finishes this spring (including a tied for fourth place finish at the Florida Challenge) and holds the school record with 23 top-10 finishes during the first 41 tournaments of her Florida State career.
A trio of Seminoles – senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.), junior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) are tied for 22nd place in the individual standings with identical scores of 1 over par 73. Metraux led the group with four birdies and was never more than one stroke over par during the round. Gumm totaled two birdies and 16 holes scored at par or better and was never more than two strokes over par during the round. Doherty was two under par on her final 12 holes of the round and finished with three birdies.
Metraux is looking to earn her fifth top-10 individual finish of the year after finishing in a tie for 10th place at the Notre Dame Clover Cup in Florida State’s last outing. Gumm is looking to finish under par for the fourth consecutive event and is a cumulative total of 3 strokes under par for the Seminoles’ six-match spring schedule. Doherty will enter Saturday’s second round having carded 14 straight rounds at 75 or better since the second round of the Cardinal Cup on October 24.
“I got off to a tough start,” said Doherty. “But I was able to adjust to the conditions and get into my routine to finish the round well.”
The Seminoles will pay with Texas and Houston on Saturday. The trio of teams will tee off at 11:00 am from hole No. 1.
Seminole Notes: Florida State has been in either first or second place in the team standings after the first round of seven of its first nine tournaments of the season…the Seminoles led the Schooner Fall Classic, Jim West Chellenge, the Cardinal Cup, The Dickson and the Notre Dame Clover Cup after the first round of play…Florida State was in second place after the first 18 holes at the Florida Challenge (and finished in second place) and the Florida State Match-Up (won the team championship)…Florida State has won each of the five events in which it was the team leader after the first round…Florida State has utilized the same lineup (Matilda Castren, Amanda Doherty, Lydia Gumm, Kim Metraux, Morgan Metraux) in eight of its nine matches this season…the Seminoles’ starting five in the Clemson Invitational has earned a cumulative total of 23 top-10 finishes this year (fall and spring)…Florida State’s golfers have carded 28 rounds in the 60’s in its first nine events of this year as compared to 16 rounds carded in the 60’s in 12 matches during the 2015-16 season…the Seminoles have finished in the top two in the team standings in 13 of their last 20 events (six of eight in 2015-17 and (seven of 12 in 2015-16) since the start of the 2015-16 fall season…Junior Morgane Metraux has three wins and 12 top-10 finishes in the last two seasons…Florida State’s five teams wins this year (Schooner Fall, Classic, Jim West Challenge, Cardinal Cup, Florida State Match-Up, The Dickson) ties the school record of five wins during the 1981 season (Lady Gator Invitational, Lady Paladin Invitational, Dick McGuire Invitational, South Florida Invitational, AIAW National Championship)…Florida State’s appearance in the Clemson Invitational is its first tournament in the state of South Carolina since playing in the Cougar Fall Classic hosted by the College of Charleston during the fall of 2016….Including the Clemson Invitational, the Seminoles will play two consecutive tournaments in the Palmetto State…the ACC Championship will be contested at The Reserve Golf Club at Pawley’s Island, S.C., April 13-15, 2017.
2nd Annual Clemson Invitational/Par 72/March 31-April 2, 2017/Florida State Individual Results
The Reserve at Lake Keowee/Sunset, S.C.
T4/17.-Florida State, 291
T15.-Matilda Castren, 72
T18.-Amanda Doherty, 73
T18.-Lydia Gumm, 73
T18-Kim Metraux, 73
T73-Morgane Metraux, 78
2nd Annual Clemson Invitational/Par 72/March 31-April 2, 2017/First Round Team Results
The Reserve at Lake Keowee/Sunset, S.C.
2.-Michigan State, 288
T4.-Florida State, 291
6.- Houston, 294
7.-Mississippi State, 295
T10.-Ohio State, 298
12.-Texas A&M, 301
T14.-UNC Wilmington, 304