September 21, 2014 - by
Seminoles In Fourth At Lady Paladin

GREENVILLE, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Senior Alex Milan shot a 2-under par 70 and is in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings, and the Florida State women’s golf team is in a tie for fourth place in the team standings after the first round of the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course.  Milan shot her second consecutive under par round and is only two strokes out of the individual lead while the Seminoles are only seven strokes behind team lead and host school Furman with two rounds remaining to be played in the 54-hole tournament.

                Furman was the only team to shoot under par golf in the first round and has three players in the top 15 of the individual standings.  The Lady Paladins are led by Taylor Totland and Valentina Romero who are both in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings.  They are both two strokes behind Pornvipa Sakdee of Kansas who holds the individual lead after shooting a 4-under par score of 68.  A total of 11 players, including Florida State’s Milan, shot under par in the first round of play.

                “We started off great this morning but did not play the middle section of the course very well,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “We are, however, in good position and are looking forward to the next two days of golf.  Every round is a learning experience for this group and I look for us to move forward with what we learned today and put together a lot of good golf on Monday and Tuesday.”

                Milan (Lutz, Fla.) continued to play very consistent golf as she carded five birdies and 16 holes scored at par or better on Sunday to finish with her 2-under par score of 70.  She was even on her front nine with two birdies and 2-under par on the back nine with three birdies.  Milan’s three birdies came to close the round on holes 16, 17 and 18.  She was never more than one stroke over par and was as many as two under par. 

                “Alex finished her round strong and pulled her round back together,” said Bond.  “She did a good job of hanging tough and put a good round together.”

                Milan is playing the best golf of her career in the last two rounds – the first round of the Lady Paladin and the third round of the fall-season-opening Mo Morial Invitational.  She has carded two consecutive rounds under par – 70 in the first round of the Lady Paladin and a 68 in the third round of the Mo Morial.  Milan has a total of 11 birdies over her last 36 holes of golf for the Seminoles. 

                “As a team, we made an incredible 17 birdies,” said Milan.  “For me, making five birdies helped me stay relaxed during today’s round.  I knew when I had a tough hole I had the ability to bounce back and continue to score well. 

                “One of our team goals this season is for us to live in the moment,” continued Milan.  “I am working hard to make that my personal mantra and follow that commitment in my game.  Staying focused on the shot at hand is allowing me to play free, relaxed and allowing me to take advantage of the opportunities that I give myself on the course.”

                Freshman Kayla Jones (Milton, Ga.) continued to play well and is in a tie for 19th place with a 1 over par score of 73.  She began her second career collegiate tournament well with two birdies on her first three holes and 14 holes scored a par or better.  Jones was undone by four bogeys during the middle of the course but closed the round at 1-under on her final four holes. 

                Jones carded three birdies in the round and leads the Seminoles with 20 birdies in the first four rounds of her collegiate career.  She earned her first career win at the Mo Morial Invitational and looking to become the first Florida State golfer to win the first two events of her career. 

                All-American Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) and fellow-sophomore Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) are in a tie for 32nd place with identical scores of 3-over par 75. 

Castren carded three birdies in the first round by was three over par on her back nine with only four holes carded at par or better on her back nine.  She is making her fall 2014 season debut after playing in the World Amateur Team Championships earlier this month while the Seminoles were playing in the Mo Morial.  Castren was an All-ACC and All-American Second team selection as a freshman in 2014 as she established a school record with a 71.83 stroke average during the season.  Also making her debut for the Seminoles was Kim Metraux (Lusanne, Switzerland) who is in a tie for 48th place in the individual standings with a 5 over par score of 77.  She also played in the WATC for her home country of Switzerland. 

Gumm, who is playing in her team-leading 13th consecutive tournament, carded her ninth consecutive score of 75 or better in the first.  She has finished with scores of 75 or better in each round since the second round of the 2014 ACC Championship. 

Florida State tees off in the second round beginning at 9:54 a.m. on Monday and is paired with Texas Tech and North Carolina.  The Seminoles are the second ranked ACC team in the field behind Wake Forest (second place) and ahead of the Tar Heels (sixth place).

44TH Annual Lady Paladin Invitational/September 21-23, 2014
Furman University Golf Course/Greenville, S.C./First Round Florida State Results
T4/16-Florida State, 293
T4-Alex Milan, 70
T19-Kayla Jones, 73
T32-Matilda Castren, 75
T32-Lydia Gumm, 75
T48-Kim Metraux, 77

44TH Annual Lady Paladin Invitational/September 21-23, 2014
Furman University Golf Course/Greenville, S.C./First Round Team Results
1-Furman, 286
2-Wake Forest, 288
3-Kansas-289
T4-Florida State, 293
T4-Texas Tech, 293
6-North Carolina-295
7-Kennesaw State-297
T8-East Tennessee State, 297
T8-Coastal Carolina, 297
T8-Yale, 297
11-Georgia State, 303
12-East Carolina-305
13-Samford, 310
T14-Wofford, 311
T14, Tulsa, 311
16, Western Carolina, 312

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