BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Junior Matilda Castren is in first place in the individual standings and the No. 20 Florida State women’s golf team is in second place in the team standings with one round to play in the Bryan National Collegiate Championship on the Bryan Park Champions Course. Castren shot her second consecutive round of 71 and the Seminoles enjoyed the best round of the day as they vaulted four spots up the leaderboard to put themselves into position to earn their third team championship of the year.
Castren begins play in Sunday’s third round with a two-stroke lead over Lauren Diaz-Yi of Virginia and Sarah Schmelzel of South Carolina. Castren, Diaz-Yi and Schmelzel were three of the four golfers in the 84-player field who finished below par in the second round and who will contend for the individual championship on Sunday. Florida State begins play only seven strokes behind Virginia as the two ACC teams will play in the final group and battle for the title on Sunday. The Seminoles are three strokes ahead of third-placed South Carolina.
“All of the girls did a really good job of grinding though today’s round,” head coach Amy Bond said. The conditions were more difficult today than they were yesterday but I saw a lot more smiles and much better attitudes today than I did yesterday. It was a really, really good round. They all put themselves in position to play well because they all put themselves in positions to make a lot of birdies.”
Castren (Espoo, Finland) carded 15 holes at par or better with three birdies to finish with her score of 71. After a slow start, she was 3 under par over her final 13 holes of the round. Castren closed the round with three birdies and 10 holes scored at par on her final 13 holes to finish below par for the second consecutive round. It marked the fifth time in her career that she has carded under par scores in the first two rounds of an event.
“I felt like I hit the ball well again today,” Castren said. “I didn’t get off to a very good start but I battled well throughout the round and finished with a good score. I am happy with the way our team is playing; we have put ourselves in a good position to earn a good finish in this event. We are very excited to play on Sunday.”
Castren will play for her school record tying fifth individual championship as competition in the final round begins on Sunday. She has earned titles in the spring 2014 Florida State Match-Up, the spring 2014 Web.com/Marsh Landing Invitational, the fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic and most recently the spring 2015 Florida Challenge. A win would tie her with Caroline Westrup who won five individual titles during her career as a Seminole (2006-09).
Sophomore Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and her sister Morgane Metraux carded identical even par scores of 72 to help the Seminoles move up in the team standings. Kim played a strong round as well with two birdies and 17 holes played at par or better as she improved her score by six strokes (as compared to her 78 in the first round) and also moved up 25 positons in the individual standings. With five birdies and only four holes scored above par in the second round, Morgane improved her score by seven strokes (as compared to her 79 in the first round) and improved her placing by 25 positions in the individual standings.
Kim Metraux is in a tie for 19th place in the individual standings while Morgane Metraux is in a tie for 28th in the individual standings.
Junior Lydia Gumm carded a 1 over par score of 73 and moved into a tie for ninth place in the individual standings. She was very consistent throughout the round with 16 holes scored at par to earn a two-round total of 148. Gumm begins play in the third round looking to earn her third top-10 finish of the spring and her sixth career collegiate top-10 finish. She finished in a tie for first in the individual standings at the spring season opening Florida Challenge.
In addition to playing to win its third event of the year (the Seminoles won the team championships at the fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic and the spring 2016 Florida State Match-Up), Florida State will play for its eighth top-five finish in 11 events this year. The Seminoles last won the Bryan National Collegiate in 2010.
Florida State will play in the final group in the final day of an event for the seventh time this season as it is teamed with Virginia and Wake Forest in the third round.
Bryan National Collegiate /Par 72/April 1-3, 2016
Bryan Park Champions Course/Browns Summit, N.C. /Second Round Florida State Results
2/15-Florida State, 299+290=589
1-Matilda Castren, 71+71=142
T9-Lydia Gumm, 73+75=148
T19-Kim Metraux, 78+72=150
T28-Morgane Metraux, 79+72=151
T46-Kayla Jones, 77+77=154
Bryan National Collegiate /Par 72/April 1-3, 2016
Bryan Park Champions Course/Browns Summit, N.C. /Second Round Team Results
2-Florida State, 299+290=589
3-Wake Forest, 298+297=595
4-South Carolina, 297+299=596
6-Notre Dame, 297+303=600
7-East Carolina, 299+307=602
9-North Carolina, 302+304=606
10-NC State, 304+303=607
13-Cal State Fullerton, 307+312=619
14-Penn State, 319+315=634
15-UNC Greensboro, 326+317=643