TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 4-ranked Florida State Women’s Golf team looked sharp in its first round of the Florida State Match-Up held at Don Veller Seminole Golf Course on Friday. FSU shot a 6-under 282 overall, sitting four shots off No. 13 South Carolina’s lead at 10-under.
Senior Matilda Castren put together a bogey-free round on her home course, shooting a 3-under 69 that is tied for third among all individuals in the tournament. It is Castren’s seventh sub-70 round of the 2016-17 season, including her first of the spring. The Espoo, Finland, native executed on the par 3s all afternoon, combining to shoot 1-under on the shorter holes.
“I think Matilda did a really good job,” FSU head coach Amy Bond said. “She had 15 pars and three birdies for a very consistent round of golf to get into the clubhouse at 3-under.”
Junior Morgane Metraux shot a 2-under 70, which included a 34 on the back nine where she teed off. She generated five birdies in the round and shot 3-under on par 5 holes this afternoon.
“Morgane kind of made something of her round,” added Bond. “She didn’t hit it very well but managed to make some putts when she needed to. Matilda and Morgane are off to a great start and I’m certainly excited about the direction they’re headed.”
Trailing South Carolina (-10) and Florida State (-6) are Texas A&M (-2), Minnesota (+1), Middle Tennessee (+5), Missouri (+5), Michigan State (+6) and Oklahoma (+7). In ninth is Virginia (+10), then USF (+15), Coastal Carolina (+15) and Notre Dame (+27).
In the match-up portion of the event, where the best four scores and the worst score from each partner is totaled, FSU and Texas A&M share the lowest total at 351.
Florida State was far and away the best team in the first round on par 4 holes, shooting 3-under which is four shots better than South Carolina in the given situation. FSU is also tied with Oklahoma for the tournament lead with 59 pars.
Senior Lydia Gumm also put forth a stellar effort, tying for 10th with a 1-under 71. The Radcliff, Ky., native totaled five birdies to tie with Morgane Metraux for the team lead.
Junior Lexie Flerlage impressed in one of her first showings as a Seminole, tallying a 1-over 73 that included three birdies on the front nine.
“This was Lexie’s first round for us, and she found out yesterday that she was going to play,” Bond added. “For her it’s a big deal and certainly a highlight for us today because it goes to show you that with hard work you can achieve whatever you want. For her it’s a big deal to go out and shoot +1. It’s a big confidence boost for her and for everyone knowing she played so well.”
Florida State tees off at 10:06 a.m. on Saturday with Kim Metraux leading things off, followed by Amanda Doherty (10:14), Gumm (10:22), Morgane Metraux (10:30) and Castren (10:38). Other Seminoles playing individually include Anna Sophia Bohmer (8:30 a.m.), Flerlage (8:30 a.m.) and Kayla Jones (8:38).
Live stats of the Florida State Match-Up will continue on golfstat.com on Saturday and Sunday.