SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (seminoles.com) — Seminole sophomore Lydia Gumm is in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings, and the Florida State women’s golf team is in fourth place in the team standings with one round remaining to be played in the Alamo Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club. Gumm, who established her career-best for a single round with a 68 in the first round, carded an even par 72 and is only four strokes behind the individual leader with 18 holes left to play.
No. 23 LSU played the best team round of the second round and moved into first place in the team standings. The Tigers are four strokes ahead of No. 7 Arkansas and seven strokes ahead of No. 19 Auburn. Florida State, which entered the event ranked No. 40 by GolfWeek, is currently ahead of three teams ranked ahead of it in the national rankings including No. 24 Texas A&M. Caroline Nistrup of LSU holds the individual lead with a two-day total of 136. She is three strokes ahead of Sophia Schubert of Auburn and Gabby Lopez of Arkansas. Florida State’s Gumm is included in a group of three players who are all tied for fourth and four strokes out of the individual lead.
“Today was a better round as far as the conditions on the course,” said head coach Amy Bond. “We put together a really good round of golf especially because of the difficult hole locations the course conditions. It was much windier today than it was yesterday. I am very proud of the way the girls have played; we have put ourselves in a position to make a run at the leaders.”
Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) continued to play outstanding golf as she carded four birdies and 14 holes at par or better in Monday’s second round to card an even par score of 72. She was especially effective on her back nine as she carded her four birdies and played her final nine holes at 2-under par. Coupled with her score of 68 in the first round, Gumm has totaled a career-best 36-hole total of 140.
“I felt like it was a solid day for me today,” said Gumm. “The conditions were harder today with the wind and the pin placements. I am very excited for tomorrow. I hope it’s going to be a great day for our team – a day that will allow us to climb up the leaderboard.”
Gumm has now carded nine birdies on her first 36 holes of the tournament with birdies coming on eight different holes. She has birdied the par 5 hole No. 13 during both of her first two rounds of the event. Gumm enters her final round of the tournament on Tuesday playing for her first career individual collegiate victory, her first career top-five finish and her second career top-10 finish. Gumm finished in a career best tied for seventh in the individual standings at the fall 2014 season opening Mo Morial Invitational.
Sophomore Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) carded the best score of the day for the Seminoles as she returned to her All-American form with a 1-under par score of 71. She has a two-round total of 146 and is in a tie for 24th place in the individual standings. Castren carded a team high five birdies and was never more than two strokes over par during the round. She closed the event extremely well with three birdies on her final six holes to move from 2-over par after 12 holes to 1-under par at the end of the round.
“I played some good golf today and, overall, my game is getting better,” said Castren. “I’m finally getting more comfortable on the greens. We are in a good position for tomorrow and the final round and I know every member of our team is eager to finish this season well.”
Castren was an All-American Second Team selection as a freshman by the Women’s Golf Coaches’ Association and GolfWeek.
Senior Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) carded an even par 72 and is in a tie for 17th place in the individual standings heading into the final round. She was 1-under par over her final five holes with two birdies including a birdie on her final hole of the day to finish at even par.
Milan enters Tuesday’s final round looking to earn her third top-20 finish of the fall season. She finished in a tie for fifth place at the season-opening Mo Morial Invitational and in a tie for 13th place at the Lady Paladin Invitational. She has earned nine career top-20 team finishes. Milan has a chance to finish in the top-20 of the individual standings after placing 74th in this same event in 2014.
Freshman Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) carded a 74 with two birdies and is also in a tie for 17th place (with Milan and six other golfers) in the individual standings. She has a career-best 36-hole total of 143 after carding a 1-under par score of 71 in the first round. Sophomore Anna Sophia Bohmer is in a tie for 44th place in in the individual standings with a two-round total of 149.
The entire field will play at the same time (9:45 EDT) in the third and final of the event on Tuesday. The Seminoles will play with Texas A&M (for the second consecutive day) and Tulane.
6th Annual Alamo Invitational/Par 72/Oct, 26-28, 2014
Briggs Ranch Golf Club/San Antonio, Texas/Second Round Florida State Results
4/15-Florida State, 286+289=575
T4-Lydia Gumm, 68+72=140
T17-Alex Milan, 73+72=145
T17-Kim Metraux, 71+74=145
T24-Matilda Castren, 75+71=146
T44-Anna Sophia Bohmer, 74+75=149
6th Annual Alamo Invitational/Par 72/Oct, 26-28, 2014
Briggs Ranch Golf Club/San Antonio, Texas/Second Round Team Results
4-Florida State, 575
5-Texas A&M, 577
10-Texas Tech, 590
11-Texas State, 594
14-Texas San Antonio, 601