April 19, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Florida State freshman Matilda Castren finished in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings, and the 25th ranked Florida State women’s golf team finished in seventh place as play in the 26th annual ACC Championships at Sedgefield Country Club came to a close. With her tied for ninth place finish, Castren set a school record with her eighth consecutive top-10 individual finish and tied the school record for top-10 finishes in a single season with eight. She has finished in the top 10 of eight of her nine events and in each of her events since the Lady Paladin Invitational during the fall 20123 season.
Duke ran away with its third consecutive ACC team championship as it outdistanced Virginia by an incredible 27 strokes. Duke has now won 19 of the 26 ACC women’s golf championships. NC State finished in third place and North Carolina finished in fourth. Duke’s Celine Boutier won the individual title with a three round total of 210. She was the only golfer in the 55-player field to finish with each of her three scores under par and was one of only two players to finish with an under par score for the 54-hole tournament.
“This tournament was a really good test for us on a really tough golf course,” said head coach Amy Bond. “The lessons we learned will be really good for us as we move into regionals. The will be a great learning experience for all of our players.”
Castren (Espoo, Finland) earned a top-10 finish in her first career ACC Championship as she finished with an eight over par score of 221 for the tournament. She totaled scores of 69-74-78 and was in contention for the individual title throughout the event. Castren played her best golf on the final day late in the round as she was two strokes under par over her last seven holes with an eagle, a birdie and five additional holes played at par.
Castren’s eagle on the par five 15th hole was the first of her career as a Seminole and came during a stretch that saw her play at par or better on six of seven holes. She carded a birdie on the par three 12th hole, an eagle the 15th hole and registered scores of par or better of six holes to close her play in the championship.
Castren finished as Florida State’s leader for the fifth consecutive event and for the eighth time in the first 10 events of her career.
Freshman Lydia Gumm (Radfliff, Ky.) played the best round of the final day for the Seminoles as she carded a 2 over par score of 73. She finished in a tie for 22nd place with a three-day total of 228. Gumm was exceedingly consistent during the round as she carded one birdie and played 15 of her 18 holes at par or better. She played even par golf over the final 10 holes of the round and birdied her final hole to finish with a 73.
Gumm’s tied for 22nd place individual finish is the second best of her freshman season as a Seminole She finished a career best tied for 11th place in the spring season opening Florida Challenge. Her score of 228 is tied for her second best three round tournament score which came as a 223 at the Web.com Intercollegiate. Gumm’s score of 73 is tied for her third best single round score of her freshman season and was a seven stroke improvement from her first round score of 80 in this event.
Junior Carlton Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished with a personal tournament best score of 74 and a three round total of 237. She improved throughout the tournament as she began with an 85 in the first round and carded a 78 in the second round. Kuhlo led the Seminoles with four birdies and 13 of 18 rounds played at par or better in the third round.
Kuhlo played a seven hole stretch in the middle of her round (from the fifth through the 11th holes) at three under par with three birdies and four more holes played at par. With two birdies on her back, she played her final nine holes at 1 over par.
“Each of our girls is focused on two things coming out of this tournament: finishing the semester strong academically and playing well in the NCAA regional championship which will be played at Southwood in Tallahassee,” said Bond. “All of our hard work will go into our exams next week and our play in the regional in three weeks. I know each of our players is ready for both phases of the season.”
Florida State will play host to the NCAA East Regional Championship as part of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship May 8-9-10, 2014 at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee. The 24 teams and eight individuals who will compete in the Tallahassee regional will be announced on April 28. Be sure to return to seminoles.com to see the unveiling of the regional field.
26th Annual ACC Championship/April 17-19, 20-14/Par 71 Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./Final Florida State Results 7/11. Florida State 306 299 303 908 T9. Matilda Castren 69 74 78 211 T22. Lydia Gumm 80 75 73 228 38. Alex Milan 82 73 78 233 T41. Laure Castelain 75 77 83 235 45. Carlton Kuhlo 85 78 74 237
26th Annual ACC Championship/April 17-19, 20-14/Par 71 Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./Final Team Results 1. Duke 862 7. Florida State 908 2. Virginia 889 8. Wake Forest 919 3. NC State 890 T9. Maryland 921 4. North Carolina 896 T9. Clemson 921 T5. Notre Dame 905 11. Boston College 959 T5. Miami 905