September 23, 2014 - by
Seminoles Finish Fourth At Lady Paladin

GREENVILLE, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Florida State senior Alex Milan finished in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings, and the Florida State women’s golf team finished in fourth place in the team standings as play in the 44th Annual Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course came to a close Tuesday.  Milan earned her second consecutive top-15 individual finish and the Seminoles earned their second consecutive top four team finish as Florida State reached the halfway point of its four-match fall season. 

Furman, the host school for the event, claimed the team and individual championships.  The Lady Paladins won the team championship with a 23 stroke victory over second placed Texas Tech.  Sophomore Taylor Totland, the 2014 Southern Conference Player of the Year, won her first career individual championship with a 7-under par total of 209.  She was the only golfer who finished under par in each of the three rounds of the tournament. 

Florida State, which entered the event ranked 31st nationally by GolfWeek, finished three spots ahead of No. 25 ranked North Carolina and two spots behind No. 29 ranked Wake Forest. 

“The conditions were the toughest we have faced in a while,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “The wind blew pretty hard and the temperature was in the low 60’s for most of the round.  We have to do a better job of handing the conditions.  I am happy with a second top-four finish and we learned a lot as a group.  We did things well and will be able to work on what we did not do well to get ready for the Schooner Classic next week.  We are only in September and this fall will be very valuable to us in preparing for the spring season.”

Milan (Lutz, Fla.) earned her ninth career top 20 finish as she carded a 76 in the final round and a 220 total for the three round event.  It marked the sixth time in the last nine events that she had finished within the top-20 and fifth time since the start of the spring 2014 season that she finished in the top-15 of a collegiate tournament.  Milan carded two birdies and 10 more holes at par during the third round.  She finished the event with eight birdies.

Milan finished as Florida State’s leader for the third time in her career.  She also led the Seminoles at the fall 2012 Landfall Tradition and at the spring 2014 Florida Challenge. 

Sophomore Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) led Florida State in the third round with an even par score of 72.  She finished in a tie for 17th place in the individual standings with a 222 total for the 54 holes played in the tournament.  Gumm has now finished with her three best collegiate tournament scores in her last three events: 219 at the fall 2014 Mo Morial Invitational, 220 at the spring 2014 NCAA East Regional Championships and 222 in this event.  She is a cumulative total of 13 strokes over par in her last three events. 

Gumm was very consistent in Tuesday’s third round.  She carded 16 of 18 holes at par or better with two birdies.  She was 1-stroke over par on her front nine with eight holes scored at par and 1-stroke under par on her back nine with two birdies.  Gumm birdied her final hole of the tournament to finish the round at even par – her second par or better round of the fall season.

“I was proud of myself today for staying in the moment and not getting ahead of myself,” said Gumm.  It’s a good golf course; you can score well but it can also bet you up.  I am excited for our team and looking forward to seeing how we can continue to improve as we move towards our next event.”

Freshman Kayla Jones (Milton, Ga.) earned her second consecutive top-25 individual finish as she completed play in the event with a 7-over par score of 223.  In just her second career event as a Seminole, Jones was 1-under par on her back nine with three birdies scored on her final six holes.  She finished the round with a 1-over par total on her  final 14 holes after starting the day four strokes over par on her first four holes. 

Jones is averaging an even par score of 72.00 strokes during the first six rounds and two events of her Florida State career.  She leads the team with two rounds scored under par and is tied for the team lead with three rounds scored at par or better. 

Sophomore All-American Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) finished in a tie for 22nd place with a three-round total of 224.  She carded her best score in the second round as she finished with an even par score of 72.  Freshman Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) finished in a tie for 50th place in her first career collegiate event. 

Florida State travels to play in the Schooner Fall Classic hosted by the University of Oklahoma, Oct. 4-6 at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla. 

44TH Annual Lady Paladin Invitational/Par 72/September 21-23, 2014
Furman University Golf Course/Greenville, S.C./Final Florida State Results
4/16-Florida State, 293+294+302=889
T13-Alex Milan, 70+75+76=221
T17-Lydia Gumm, 75+75+72=222
21-Kayla Jones, 73+73+77=223
T22-Matilda Castren, 75+72+77=224
T50-Kim Metraux, 77+74+79=230

44TH Annual Lady Paladin Invitational/Par 72/September 21-23, 2014
Furman University Golf Course/Greenville, S.C./Final Team Results
1-Furman, 860
2-Wake Forest, 882
3-Texas Tech 883
4-Florida State, 889
T5-Yale, 892
T5-Kansas, 892
T7-North Carolina, 893
T7-Kennesaw State, 893
9-Coastal Carolina, 901
10-East Carolina, 910
11-East Tennessee State, 913
12-Samford, 914
13-Tulsa, 915
14-Georgia State, 920
15-Western Carolina, 921
16-Southern Miss, 941
17-UNC Greensboro, 953
18-Wofford, 954

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