August 7, 2014 - by
Seven Golfers Named To ACC Academic Honor Roll

With five repeat honorees and two freshmen named for the first time, the Florida State women’s golf team placed seven members on the 2014 ACC Academic Honor Roll.  It marked the second consecutive season and third time in the last four years that the Seminoles have placed seven members of the team in the prestigious honor roll which this year honored 210 Seminole student-athletes.  A program record 11 women’s golfers were named to the honor roll during the 2004-05 season. 

The honor of having seven players named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll continued a summer of academic success for the women’s golf team.  Junior Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) was named to the All-American Scholar Athlete team by the WGCA in July and three Seminoles – Castelain, Carlton Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla), were named to the All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team in June. 

With her honor of being named to the 2014 ACC Academic Honor Roll, Castelain is one of the most academically decorated players in the history of the Seminole women’s golf program.  She has been named to the 2012, 2013 and 2014 ACC Academic Honor Roll, the 2012, 2013 and 2014 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf team and to the 2014 NCGA All-American Scholar Athlete team. 

Castelain has earned a 3.561 cumulative grade point average in finance through the first three years of her career. She enjoyed the best academic year of her career as a junior as she achieved a 3.9 GPA during the fall of 2013 and a 3.7 during the spring of 2014 – the competitive golf season.  On the golf course, she has played in 29 of the last 31 events for the Seminoles dating back to the second event of her career and finished her junior year with a career-low 75.19 stroke average.   Castelain has helped Florida State to three NCAA regional championship appearances (Central in 2012, West in 2013, East at Tallahassee in 2014) and helped the Seminoles into a pair of fourth place team finishes in the ACC Championship (2012 and 2013)

“I felt that I did a good job of sharing my time between playing golf and studying this year,” said Castelain.  “My main goal was to stay on top of my work and that is exactly what I did. I like the way I organized my weeks so I intend to keep it this way for the next season.”

Kuhlo continued to perform well in the class room as she was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the third time in her career.  She has also been named to the All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf team in both 2013 and 2014.  Kuhlo enjoyed her best and most productive season as a Seminole during the spring of 2014 as she was a member of the Seminoles’ line-up for the ACC Championships and the NCAA East Regional.  Kuhlo established career-bests for a single round score (68 in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational), for 36 holes (145 in both the Alamo Invitational and the Lady Gator Invitational) and a three-round tournament score (219 at the Lady Gator Invitational) during the spring season. 

“Being very self-disciplined and organized has helped me become successful in academics while also juggling a tough golf schedule,” said Kuhlo.  “Academics is a top priority for me so, therefore, I do everything that I can to succeed.”

Milan is one of the Seminoles’ top academic performers as she, too, was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the third time in her career.  She was also named to the All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf team in 2014.  Milan earned one of her greatest achievements on the golf course as she earned All-ACC honors as a junior in 2014.  She played in a career-high seven events including her third career ACC Championship and her second career NCAA Regional Championship and earned the first individual victory of her collegiate career as she captured medalist honors at the spring season-opening Florida Challenge during the spring of 2014.  

“As a student-athlete, I try to take advantage of the resources that are offered to me by Florida State University,” said Milan.  “We have tutoring available to us at all times; tutoring through the athletic-academic facilities and professors that are always ready to help if you have questions. Even though missing class is tough, I have been able to make good time-management decisions, like spending extra time after class with my professors, to get caught up.  If I know I’m behind in class, I won’t have a clear mind and be successful on the course.”

A trio of Seminole freshmen – Kayla Bloor (Niceville, Fla.), Sherrell Buckley (Weston, Fla.) and Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) – were named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the first time in their careers.  Olivia Hullert (Baerum, Norway) was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the second time. 

The Seminoles’ individual success comes on the heels of their team success earlier this year as the women’s team was lauded by the NCAA attaining a perfect multi-year Academic Performance Rate score of 1000 for the latest measuring period in 2012-13.  Calculated over the four most recent years of data, the multi-year APR is a real-time measurement of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing in every NCAA Division I sports team. The most recent APR is based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

The Florida State women’s golf team has achieved a perfect APR in each of the last five years.

“I am very proud of the academic performance of each of the girls on our team,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “A high standard of academic success is something we pride ourselves on across the board on each of our teams at Florida State.  It is very gratifying as a coach to have your players earn success in all aspects of their development throughout their lives and this is just one part of that success.  Our goal is to have every player on our team earn the honor of being named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.”

Florida State played in its school record ninth consecutive NCAA Regional Championship, won the team championship at the Landing Intercollegiate, had one player earn All-American honors (Matilda Castren), and had two players (Castren and Milan) earn All-ACC honors as it completed a successful 2014 campaign under Bond, who completed her fourth season as the Seminoles’ head coach in 2014. 

2014 ACC Academic Honor Roll – Florida State Women’s Golf

Player                            Yr.      Major                                    ACC Honor Roll Accolades
Kalya Bloor Fr. Sport Management 1
Sherell Buckley Fr. Industrial Engineering 1
Laurea Castelain Jr. Finance 3
Lydia Gumm Fr. Sport Management 1
Olivia Hullert So. International Affairs 2
Carlston Kuhlo Jr. Marketing 3
Alex Milan Jr. Finance 3
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