September 22, 2014 - by
Seminoles Remain Tied For Fourth At Lady Paladin

GREENVILLE, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Florida State senior Alex Milan is in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings, and the Seminole women’s golf team is in a tie for fourth place in the team standings after two rounds of the 44th Annual Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course.  Milan has a two day total of 145 and is seven strokes behind the Furman’s Taylor Totland as she plays for the second victory of her career. 

Furman, the host school for the event, increased its team lead and enters Tuesday’s third and final round with a nine stroke lead over Texas Tech and Wake Forest.  The Seminoles are 13 strokes behind the Lady Paladins and are in a tie for fourth place with Kansas.  After a second place finish at the fall season opening Mo Morial Invitational, the Seminoles are in line for the second top five team finish of the season.  Totland leads the individual standings by one stroke over Jennifer Peng of Yale and Sierra Sims of Wake Forest who are both tied for second with identical two-round scores of 139.

Florida State is the second ranked of the three ACC schools in the event.  Wake Forest is four strokes ahead of the Seminoles in second place and North Carolina is six strokes behind the Seminoles in ninth place. 

“We played good in spots through the middle today,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “We gained some momentum but weren’t able to follow through for the remainder of the round.  I think we can have a big day tomorrow because the more we play this course, the better we are going to get.  We are making a lot of birdies and need to complement those birdies with more pars.” 

Milan (Lutz, Fla.) is in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings with a 36-hole total of 145 after shooting a 3-over par 75 in the second round.  She shot a 2-under par 70 in the first round and is in a four-way tie for ninth place.  Milan carded one eagle, one birdie and 10 holes scored at par during the second round.  The eagle on the par 5 hole No. 6 was the second of her Florida State career.  Her best stretch of golf in the second round came on a series of 10 holes that bridged her front and back nines when she was one under par with her eagle and eight holes scored at par.

Milan begins play in the final round looking to earn her second consecutive and fifth career top-10 individual finish.  She finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings at the Mo Morial and has three top 10-finishes since earning medalist honors at the Florida Challenge to open the spring 2014 season. 

The Seminoles were led during the second round by All-American Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) who carded an even par 72.  She is in a tie for 14th place with a two-day total of 147.  Castren led the Seminoles with five birdies and 13 holes scored at par or better during the round.  Castren was never more than one stroke over par and spent much of the round at or below par.  She was even par on both the front and back of the course and closed her best round of the fall season with a birdie to finish at even par. 

Castren was one of 14 players in the 96-player field who carded a score of par or better in the second round. 

Castren is looking to earn her 11th consecutive top-20 individual finish and her ninth top-10 finish in her last 11 events.  She finished in the top 10 of all but two events during her dynamic freshman year in 2013-14.  She won two events and finished no lower than 18th in any of the 10 events she played in as a freshman.

“I played some good golf today but unfortunately I wasn’t as confident as I need to be with my driver,” said Castren.  “We are all really close to shooting low scores and we are all confident of that, so, we are looking forward to tomorrow.  We need to be more patient off the tee and with our putts.”

Freshman Kalya Jones (Milton, Ga.) continued her stellar play as she carded a 1-over par 73 and in 13th place in the individual standings.  She played 16 of the 18 holes during the round at par or better with two birdies.  Jones finished the front nine at even par as she carded a par on each of the first nine holes.  She totaled two birdies and finished at 1-over par on her back nine. 

Jones has carded at least two birdies on each of her first five collegiate rounds and leads the Seminoles with 22 birdies this season.

Sophomore Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) is in a tie for 33rd place after shooting a 3-over par 75 in the second round while freshman Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) is in a tie for 42nd place after shooting a 2-over par 74. 

Florida State completes play in the Lady Paladin Invitational on Wednesday.  The Seminoles will play with Kansas and Yale with a shotgun start scheduled for 9:00 a.m. 

44TH Annual Lady Paladin Invitational/Par 72/September 21-23, 2014
Furman University Golf Course/Greenville, S.C./Second Round Florida State Results
T4/16-Florida State, 293+294=587
T9-Alex Milan, 70+75=145
13-Kayla Jones, 73+73=146
T14-Matilda Castren, 75+72=147
T33-Lydia Gumm, 75+75=150
T42-Kim Metraux, 77+74=151

44TH Annual Lady Paladin Invitational/Par 72/September 21-23, 2014
Furman University Golf Course/Greenville, S.C./First Round Team Results
1-Furman, 574
T2-Texas Tech, 583
T2-Wake Forest, 583
T4-Florida State, 586
T4-Kansas, 586
6-Yale, 590
7-Kennesaw State, 591
8-North Carolina, 593
T9-East Carolina, 596
T9-Coastal Carolina, 596
11-Samford, 604
12-East Tennessee State, 608
13-Georgia State, 613
14-Western Carolina, 614
15-Tulsa, 619
16-Wofford, 625
17-UNC Greensboro, 633
18-Southern Miss, 636

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