SHOAL CREEK, Ala. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings and Matilda Castren finished in a tie for first in the individual standings as play in the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship at the Shoal Creek Country Club came to a close. With their second place finish, the Seminoles advance to the NCAA Championship Finals at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., May 20-25.
Florida State’s second place finish marks the highest regional championship finish in school history and allowed the Seminoles to qualify for the championship finals for the 10th time in school history and for the first time since 2010. Castren’s individual championship is only the second individual regional championship in school history. Maria Salinas also finished in a tie for the individual title at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional Championship.
Northwestern, who won the team championship, will be joined by Florida State, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Tennessee and Michigan from the Shoal Creek Regional Championship for the national finals.
Led by Castren’s first place finish, the Seminoles were one of only two teams in the 18-team regional that had three of more players finish in the top 15 of the individual standings. Including Castren, sophomore Kim Metraux finished in a tie for seventh place with a 74 in the third round and a 224 team total and junior Lydia Gumm finished in a tie for 15th place with a 77 in the third round and a 228 total for the 54-hole event.
“I am very proud of the way this team of girls played all weekend,” said head coach Amy Bond who will make her first finals appearance as a head coach. “The girls all stayed focused, stayed in the moment and bounced back incredibly well from adversity. There were a couple of times when things didn’t go their way today and they battled through their challenges. Their resiliency today and all weekend came from everything they learned this season and showed our growth as a team. I am very happy to be taking this team to Eugene.”
Castren, who tied the school record with five career individual victories, carded a 3-over par score of 75 and finished in a tie for first in the individual standings with Maraianne Li of Cal and Janet Mao of Northwestern. She parred her final hole of the tournament to finish as a co-champion.
“I didn’t really, to be honest, play my best today,” Castren said. “I had an eight on 11, but I managed to recover after that pretty well. I’m proud of myself because of that. I made some good putts, but it wasn’t like the best day of golf for me. I just focused on hitting one shot at a time. Try to cheer myself up, like ‘You can do it,’ because I knew not everyone was playing that great. It’s a tough course. Everyone might have trouble.”
With the victory, Castren tied the school record for individual career victories (five) and individual top10 victories (18) and became the first player in school history to win three events in a single year.
Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) earned her fifth career top-10 finish as she played in her first career regional championship. She carded scores of 73-77-74.
NOTES: Florida State is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Championship Finals and its first since 2010… Florida State’s NCAA Championship appearances have come in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010…Seminole head coach Amy Bond is making her first appearance as a head coach in the championship finals after three as an assistant coach at Florida State (2003, 2004 and 2006) and once as a player at Florida State (1999)…Bond finished in a tie for 35th place in the individual standings in 1999 with scores of 75-75-81 for a three day total of 231…Bond helped lead the Seminoles to three top 20 finishes in the NCAA Championship finals as an assistant coach (19th in 2003; 19th in 2004 and 16th in 2006)…Matilda Castren’s career individual championships include the spring 2014 Florida State Match-Up, spring 2014 Web.com/Marsh Landing Invitational, fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic, spring 2016 Florida Challenge and spring 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship…
NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship/Par 72/May 5-7, 2016
Shoal Creek Country Club/Shoal Creek, Ala./Final Florida State Results
2/18-Florida State, 299+297+309=905
T1-Matilda Castren, 74+71+75=220
T7-Kim Metraux, 73+77+74=224
T15-Lydia Gumm, 78+73+77=228
T43-Morgane Metraux, 74+76+83=233
94-Kayla Bloor, 82+88+89=259