SUNSET, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Senior All-American Matilda Castren shot a school-record tying 65 and is in a tie for second place in the individual standings, and the No. 4 ranked Florida State women’s golf team surged into a tie for second place in the team standings after two rounds of the 2nd Annual Clemson Invitational at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.
Castren carded eight birdies as she tied her career-best single round score and begins the Sunday’s third round only one stroke behind Sophia Schubert of Texas in the race for the individual title.
Castren’s day helped the Seminoles move from tied for fourth in the team standings after one round into a tie for second. The Seminoles are only one stroke behind Furman as they play for their school-record sixth championship of the year.
Castren carded the best individual score (65) and the Seminoles finished with the lowest team total (278) of the second round.
No. 8 Furman held onto its team lead as it carded a 5-under par team total of 283. The Lady Paladins have a two-day total of 568 and lead No 4 Florida State and No. 5 Florida by one stroke each. Schubert of Texas has carded scores of 69 and 67 for two-day total of 136. She leads Florida State’s Castren and Alice Chen of Furman by one stroke each.
“We made a move on moving day,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “I thought that they all got more comfortable on the course and made a lot of birdies. We have put ourselves back into position to win a championship tomorrow. This team never quits no matter what obstacles they face and work to get better each and every day.”
Castren (Espoo, Finland) carded a 65 for the second time in her career and second time this season. She carded 65 in the second round of the Jim West Challenge on October 9, 2016. It marked the fourth time in school history a Seminole has shot a single round score of 65.
“I played good golf today, took advantage of the short holes and the opportunities that I had,” said Castren. “My game is getting back together slowly but surely and it’s fun to see that I can put together a good round like today. I am very happy with our team standing and that we have a chance to chase the victory tomorrow. Everyone on our team is excited to be in the position we are in going into tomorrow.”
Castren was on fire from the start of Saturday’s second round as she birdied her second hole of the round to move under par where she remained for the rest of the round. She totaled four birdies on her front nine and four on her back nine and finished the day with 17 of 18 holes scored at par or better. With 12 birdies and 32 of 36 holes scored at or below par, Castren has not been over par during the first two days of the tournament. Castren will play for her school-record seventh individual win on Sunday.
“Anytime you shoot seven under you have played a great round of golf,” said Bond. Matilda had total control of all aspect of her game today and hit a lot of approach shots really close – especially late in the round.”
Senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) and junior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) carded under par scores of 70 and 71 and are in a tie for 13th and a tie for 21st place in the individual standings. The duo of Gumm and Kim Metraux make the Seminoles one of five teams in the 17-squad event with three golfers in the top-25 of the individual standings.
Gumm has a two-round total of 143 with scores of 73-70. With four birdies and 16 holes scored at par or better, Gumm was also never above par in her cumulative score during the second round. Gumm closed the second round well as she was 1 under par on her final six holes of the afternoon. She has carded six birdies in the first two rounds of the tournament.
Metraux carded a 1-under par score of 71 in the second round and has a two-round total of 144. She birdied four of her first seven and five of her first 12 holes and was as many as four strokes under par. Metraux has carded five rounds at or below par this spring and will play for her second consecutive top-20 finish when play begins on Sunday.
Freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) continued her stellar play as a freshman as she carded an even par score of 72 in the second round. She has a two-round total of 145 and has carded four rounds at par or better in four of her last 10 rounds. Doherty is in a tie for 27th place in the individual standings.
Florida State, which is the highest ranked team in the tournament, finds itself one stroke behind No. 9 Furman, tied with No. 5 Florida and ahead of No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 26 Texas and No. 28 Ohio State. The Seminoles are also the highest placing ACC team in the event ahead of both Clemson and Louisville who are tied for eighth in the team standings.
Florida State will play in the lead group on Sunday with Furman and Florida. The Seminoles, Lady Paladins and Gators will tee off from hole No. 1 beginning at 9:39 am.
2nd Annual Clemson Invitational/March 31-April 2, 2017/Second Round Florida State Individual Results
The Reserve at Lake Keowee/Sunset, S.C./Par 72
T2/17.-Florida State, 291+378=569
T2.-Matilda Castren, 72+65=137
T13.-Lydia Gumm, 73+70=143
T21.-Kim Metraux, 73+71=144
T27.-Amanda Doherty, 73+72=145
T77.-Morgane Metraux, 7877=155
2nd Annual Clemson Invitational/Par 72/March 31-April 2, 2017/Second Round Team Results
The Reserve at Lake Keowee/Sunset, S.C.
T2.-Florida State, 291+278=569
5.-Michigan State, 288+287=575
7- Houston, 294+292=586
T8.-Ohio State, 298+290=588
12.-Mississippi State, 295+296=591
13.-Texas A&M, 301+295=596
14.-UNC Wilmington, 304+299=603