February 1, 2016 - by

Seminoles Finish Second At Florida Challenge

LECANTO, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State juniors Matilda Castren and Lydia Gumm finished in a tie for first in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings at the spring season opening Florida Challenge at the Black Diamond Ranch Golf Club.  The win was the fourth of Castren’s collegiate and the first individual championship of her career for Gumm as a Seminole.

LECANTO, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State juniors Matilda Castren and Lydia Gumm finished in a tie for first in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings at the spring season opening Florida Challenge at the Black Diamond Ranch Golf Club.  The win was the fourth of Castren’s collegiate and the first individual championship of her career for Gumm as a Seminole.

The Seminoles, who led the event after the first 18 holes were played in the morning finished second to Florida who rallied in the second round to surpass the Seminoles.  The Gators were two strokes behind the Seminoles after the first round of play and claimed the team championship as they defeated the Seminoles in the second round.

“We put together a great first round,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “We started off well in the second round and just couldn’t put the finishing touches on the afternoon round.  The fact that four of our players shot under par in at least one round in the opening event is a very good sign.  I saw a lot of good things over the first 36 holes of the spring season and I am very excited to watch this team continue to grow and mature moving forward.”

 

Seminoles Finish Second At Florida Challenge

 

Castren (Espoo, Finland) finished in a tie at the top of the leaderboard with a two round total of 141.  She carded a 3-under par score of 69 un the first round and closed the afternoon round with an even par score of 72.

“Overall I felt like I played pretty well today,” said Castren.  “I made some dome putts and hit some good shots which I am happy about since this is the first event of the season.  I played good golf today and I am glad that I could share the trophy with my good friend and teammate Lydia Gumm.”

Gumm also finished with a 3 under par total of 141; she carded identical scores to Castren with a 69 in the first round and a 72 in the second round.  The win is the first of Gumm’s career after four top 10 finishes and a previous career best finish of fourth at the spring 2015 Gator Women’s Invitational.

“I’m really excited about how the day went and to the start of the spring season said Gumm.  “I was proud of myself for staying in the moment during such a long day.  I’m really happy for our team and think we can use today as motivation for the entire spring season.”

Florida State’s second place team finish marked the fourth top two team finish in five events this year for the Seminoles who won the team championship at the Jacksonville Classic in September.

Florida State plays host to the jewel of its schedule – The Florida State Match-Up – at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course Feb. 11-13.  The event is free to the public and spectators and welcome during all three rounds on each of the three days.

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