TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — The Seminole women’s golf team plays host to the Fourth Annual Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course Feb. 12-14, 2016. The 12-team tournament is the most unique of all collegiate golf tournaments as it pairs two teams that not only compete against each other but compete with each other against the other five match-ups. At the end of three days and 54 holes of golf, a team champion, a match-up champion and an individual champion are crowned as one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year.
THE 2016 FLORIDA STATE MATCH-UP FIELD
No. 34 Florida State is joined by No. 17 Texas A&M, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 19 Virginia, Coastal Carolina, Furman, James Madison, Kansas State, Missouri, SMU, South Carolina and Virginia Tech in the Fourth Annual Florida State Match-Up at the par 72, 6,265 yards Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and Club in Tallahassee, Fla. Furman returns to defend the team title it won in 2015, the match-up team champion of Florida State and Texas A&M will also defend their title and the co-individual winners – Bianca Fabrizio of Texas A&M and Taylor Totland of Furman are also back to defend their individual championships from 2015.
THE FORMAT OF THE 2016 FLORIDA STATE MATCH-UP
The twelve teams will tee off in twosomes for the first two rounds and then in a final round shotgun in threesomes. The twosomes will consist of the partner teams playing together and for this year the partners are as follows: Florida State/Texas A&M, South Carolina/Virginia, Furman/Coastal Carolina, SMU/Kansas State, Missouri/Tennessee, and Virginia Tech/James Madison. The Match-Up portion of the tournament will be determined by taking the best four scores from the partners (which is a total of ten players) and the worst score to make the Match Up team total. At the end of the tournament, the teams with the lowest scores will win the Match Up. The individual champion and overall team champion will also be decided over the three days and 54 holes.
SEMINOLES OPEN SPRING WITH SECOND PLACE FINISH AT FLORIDA CHALLENGE
Florida State juniors Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) and Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) 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 career 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.
CASTREN EARNS FOURTH CAREER WIN AT FLORIDA CHALLENGE
Junior Matilda Castren earned her fourth career victory as she finished in a tie for first place at the spring 2016 opening Florida Challenge. Her victory at the Florida Challenge ranks as the fourth different tournament she has won including the spring 2014 Florida State Match-Up at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee. Castren’s victory was her second in her last four events. Her victory also marked the fourth time in her four individual wins that she has finished under par as she finishes an average of 7.3 strokes below par in her four career victories. The school record for individual victories is five by Caroline Westrup.
Season Event Total vs. Par
Spring 2014 Florida State Match-Up 206 -10
Spring 2014 Marsh Landing Intercollegiate 204 -12
Fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic 212 -4
Spring 2016 Florida Challenge 141 -3
BLOOR MAKES FLORIDA STATE DEBUT AT FLORIDA CHALLENGE
Junior Kayla Bloor (Niceville, Fla) made her career debut with a tied for 27th place finish at the spring season opening Florida Challenge. She carded her best score of 75 in the second round of the event – a seven stroke improvement from her first round score as she finished with a two round average of 78.50.
SEMINOLES TO HOST 2018 NCAA REGIONAL
Florida State will play host to one of four NCAA Regional Championships as part of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship May 7-9, 2018 at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee. It will mark the second time the Seminole women have hosted a regional; they also hosted the 2014 NCAA Regional at Southwood.
SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2015 / SPRING 2016)
Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Matilda Castren 5 13 8 11 67 930 71.54
Kim Metraux 5 13 7 13 67 933 71.77
Lydia Gumm 4 11 7 9 68 796 72.36
Morgane Metraux 3 6 1 2 70 457 76.17
Kayla Jones 5 13 3 7 67 969 74.54
Anna Sophia Böhmer 4 10 3 6 71 765 76.50
Dominika Gradecka 2 5 1 1 72 388 77.60
Kayla Bloor 1 2 0 1 75 157 78.50