SUNSET, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Florida State senior Matilda Castren won her school-record seventh career individual championship, and the No. 4 ranked Seminole women’s golf team won its school-record sixth team title of the year as play at the Clemson Invitational at The Reserve at Lake Keowee came to a close. Castren posted a two-stroke win over Maria Torres of Florida to win for the second time this year and seventh time in the last four years while the Seminoles defeated No. 8 ranked Furman by two strokes to win their third tournament title of the spring season.
The Seminoles entered play at the Clemson Invitational ranked fourth nationally while Castren entered the event as the No. 16 ranked individual by GolfWeek. The Seminoles defeated four teams ranked in the top 25 while Castren defeated three players who were ranked ahead of her in the individual national standings.
“I’m super-proud of each of the girls,” said head coach Amy Bond. “Once again, they battled hard and stayed in the moment. It was a very tight race for the championship and as I have said all year we continue to learn about ourselves with each round we play. Today I learned their mental toughness continues to grow to where we want it to be. And that’s a tremendous sense of satisfaction to our coaching staff because that’s something we have worked really hard on all year.”
Florida State won the team championship as it played the best team round of the tournament for the second consecutive day. The Seminoles carded a 3-under par score of 285 and were 14 strokes under par in the decisive second and third rounds. Florida State was in a tie for fourth place and six strokes behind Furman after the first round and was in a tie for second place and one stroke behind the Paladins after the second round. The Seminoles defeated Furman by three strokes in the third round to earn the two stroke victory.
The Seminoles won the event as they counted two under par scores (Castren and Morgane Metraux with scores of 70), an even par score (72 by Amanda Doherty) and a 1-over par score (73 by Kim Metraux). Florida State finished the event with a 10-under par score of 854 – the seventh time in nine events they have finished a tournament below par this year. The Seminoles are an incredible 98 strokes under par for the year and 53 strokes under par in five events this spring.
Florida State has now won tournament championships at the Schooner Fall Classic, Jim West Challenge, Cardinal Cup, Florida State Match-Up, the Dickson and now the Clemson Invitational. The team win total is now one more than the Seminoles’ National Championship winning team during the 1980-81 season.
Castren moved up the individual leaderboard just as the Seminoles moved up the team leaderboard.
Castren (Espoo, Finland) was in a tie for 15th place after a first round 72. She moved into a tie for second in the individual standings with a school-record tying 65 in the second round and won the event with a 2-under par score of 70 in the third round. Castren finished the event with a 9-under par total of 207 – two strokes better than Torres of Florida who entered the tournament ranked 12th nationally.
Castren was as consistent in the third round as she was during the entire tournament as she carded her second consecutive below par score of 70. She totaled three birdies and 17 holes scored at par or better with only one bogey. Castren birdied her second hole of the day to go under par with her cumulative score where she remained the entire afternoon. Over the course of the final two rounds, Castren was seven strokes under par with a 135 total and 12 birdies.
“It was definitely a battle in the end but my 70 was enough today to win the championship,” said Castren. “I am very pleased about the way I managed the course, stayed in the moment and stayed patient this week. I am getting more comfortable playing and this only gets me more excited as the postseason approaches.”
Castren has now won individual championships at the Florida State March-Up (spring 2014), Web.com/Marsh Landing Invitational (spring 2014), Jacksonville Classic (fall 2015), Florida Challenge (spring 2016), NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship (spring 2016), Jim West Challenge (fall 2016), and now the Clemson Invitational (spring 2017). In addition, she added to her on-going school record with her 24th career top-10 individual finish.
“Earning seven wins as a Seminole is something I would have never imagined starting my freshman season,” said Castren. “I am happy I can leave a mark on the FSU women’s golf program and am even more excited for our team to leave another mark on our program in May. The team put together a great round of golf today and I’m very proud of all of my teammates. This was a big win for us.”
Junior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) finished in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings. Metraux carded a 73 in the final round while Dougherty finished with an even par score of 72. Both players finished with 1 over par scores of 217.
Junior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) carded a personal tournament best score of 70 in the final round – an improvement of seven strokes from her score in Saturday’s second round.
Senior team captain Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.), who carded a score of 70 in the second round, feels that the Seminoles are ready to begin postseason play.
“I think this is the biggest win of the year because it came against such a great field,” said Gumm. “It’s such an awesome feeling for us to win this one heading into the ACC Championship next week. I am so proud of this team. And to now have the most wins of any team in school history is so special and I’m happy we are all part of that.”
Florida State returns to the state of South Carolina for the ACC Championships April 13-15 at The Reserve Golf Club at Pawley’s Island to begin postseason play. The NCAA regional championships begin May 8 at four sites through the country.
2nd Annual Clemson Invitational/March 31-April 2, 2017/Final Florida State Individual Results
The Reserve at Lake Keowee/Sunset, S.C./Par 72
1/17.-Florida State, 291+278+
1.-Matilda Castren, 72+65+70=207
T15.-Kim Metraux, 73+71+73=217
T15.-Amanda Doherty, 73+72+72=217
T39.-Lydia Gumm, 73+70+79=222
T48.-Morgane Metraux, 78+77+70=225
2nd Annual Clemson Invitational/Par 72/March 31-April 2, 2017/Final Team Results
The Reserve at Lake Keowee/Sunset, S.C.
1.-Florida State, 291+278+285=854
5.-Michigan State, 288+287+294=869
8- Houston, 294+292+295=881
10.-Ohio State, 298+290+300=888
T11.-Mississippi State, 295+296+301=892
13.-Texas A&M, 301+295+304=900
15.-UNC Wilmington, 304+299+311=914