September 10, 2014 - by
Seminoles Finish 2nd At Mo Morial

BRYAN, TEXAS (seminoles.com) – Florida State freshman Kayla Jones finished in a tie for first place in the individual standings, and the Florida State women’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings as play in the 19th Annual Mo Morial Invitational at the Traditions Club came to a close on Wednesday.  Jones birdied her final two holes of the third round and finished in a first place tie in the individual standings with Clara Baena of Auburn.  Jones and Baena finished with identical three round scores of 7-under par 209 to finish four strokes ahead of the field. 

Auburn won the team title with a 13-stroke victory over Florida State (860-873).  The Tigers took the lead in the first round and led the team standings for most of the three-day tournament in taking the victory.  The Seminoles played their best team round of the event in the third round with a 2-over par team score of 286.  Texas A&M, the host school, finished in third place with an 881 score. 

“What a week; I am super proud of all of our girls,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “All of our girls played really good golf all week long.  They all played really well and they all played really well in the final group on the final day.  That’s what I’m going to take away from this week.  This week will benefit us later on in the season as we continue to grow and mature as players and as a team.”

Jones (Milton, Ga.) was nearly flawless throughout the 54-hole tournament as she carded a team-leading 17 birdies including five in the third round.  She shot a career-best 4-under par score of 68 in the final round to finish with her total of 209.  Jones finished her final 16 holes of the round at 5-under par with five birdies and 11 holes scored at par or better.  Jones earned a par on her first hole and bogeyed her second hole before finishing in grand style and earning the first individual championship of her collegiate career in her first career event. 

Jones led the tournament with an average score of 2.83 on the par 3 holes and was tied for first among the 65 player field with a 3.87 scoring average on the par 4 holes.  She led the field with her total of 17 birdies.  The next closest total for birdies by an individual was 11.  Jones carded scores of 69 in the first round and 68 in the second round and finished with an even par 72 in the second round. 

“I’m so excited,” said a jubilant Jones at the conclusion of the event.  “It’s a crazy feeling to start off the season with such a bang.  My teammates all played so well; finishing in second place in the team standings in the first event of the year will give us all a great deal of confidence moving forward.  We are all looking forward to what is in store for our team this year.”

Senior Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) tied her career low with a 4-under par score of 68 in the final round and finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings.  She carded a team-high six birdies in the third round and was never more than one stroke over par during her final 18 holes.  After a bogey on her first hole of the round, she carded three consecutive birdies and finished her front nine at 4-under par.  Milan was 5 under par with six birdies and 10 holes scored at par or better over the course of her final 16 holes of the day.  She totaled eight birdies during the tournament.  

Milan earned her fourth career top-five individual finish and carded her third career score in the 60s as she moved from a tie for 19th in the individual standings after the second round into fifth place in the final standings.  Milan has now earned three top-five finishes in her last eight collegiate events.

“I really rolled the ball well on the greens,” said Milan.  “Every putt I hit had a chance to go in the hole.  Each player on our team fought really hard today and we were able to bring home some hardware.  We are all very excited for Kayla and to be coming back to Tallahassee with a couple of trophies.”

Sophomore Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) carded a 2-over par 74 in the final round and finished with a career-best tournament score of 219.  Her total was good for a career-best seventh place finish and the first top-10 career placement.  Gumm played the third round with one birdie and 15 holes scored at par or better. 

Gumm earned career best statistics for single round score (70 in the second round), 36-hole score (145 in the first two rounds), tournament score (219) and best career finish (seventh) in the tournament. 

Sophomore Anna Sophia Böhmer (Cali, Colombia) and Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) finished in a tie for 34th place in the individual standings.

Florida State will continue its four-match fall schedule at the Lady Paladin Invitational Sept. 21-23 at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.

19th Annual Mo Morial Invitational/September 8-10, 2014
Traditions Course/Bryan, Texas/Final Florida State Results
2/11.        Florida State                            296          291          286          873
T1.           Kayla Jones                             69            72            68            209
T5.           Alex Milan                              78            72            68            218
7.             Lydia Gumm                           75            70            74            219
T34.         Anna Sophia Böhmer              75            77            78            230
T34.         Laure Castelain                        77            77            76            230
19th Annual Mo Morial Invitational/September 8-10, 2014
Traditions Course/Bryan, Texas/Final Team Results
1.             Auburn                                    860
2.             Florida State                            873
3.             Texas A&M                            881
4.             Houston                                  895
T5.           Tulsa                                       901
T5.           Kentucky                                 901
T7.           TCU                                        909
T7.           Texas San Antonio                  909
9.             Troy                                        917
10.           Stephen F. Austin                   934
11.           Louisiana Monroe                   953

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