TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During the first two days of the Florida State Match-Up, the tournament host played to identical scores of 293. Those scores were good enough to place the FSU women’s golf team in second place coming into Sunday’s final round. After all five Seminoles carded scores at par or better, the squad pulled away from the field posting a three-under on the final day and winning the tournament by four strokes in what head coach Amy Bond called one of the program’s biggest victories.
“I am so proud, I mean words can’t even express it,” said Bond. “When you play in your hometown there is a little more pressure, a little more expected and the girls did a great job today.
“This is probably one of the biggest wins we’ve had as a program. For this group of girls…this is a big deal.”
Playing in their only home tournament of the season, Florida State finished ahead of seven ranked teams including four top 25 squads to take home the team title. Dating back to the fall season, the 34th-ranked women have now finished in the top two in five consecutive tournaments.
“This gives them a big boost of confidence and shows them they can compete with any team in the country,” said Bond. “I am excited about what the rest of the spring holds. It gives you a little bit on an air of ‘Could this be our year’. We have to just keep doing what do and that’s get better every day.”
Kim Metraux and Matilda Castren led the way for FSU on Sunday each shooting one-under. For the second consecutive tournament Metraux finished second overall in the individual standings. The sophomore from Lausanne, Switzerland was one of just three players to shoot under par for the tournament. For the weekend, Metraux (-1, T-2) and Castren (+3, T-8) were joined by teammate Lydia Gumm (+3, T-8) with top 10 finishes.
“Today they all deserve props,” said Bond. “Anytime you can throw out an even par it’s a good tournament. They played a good round of golf. Kim finishing in second, she now has back-to-back second place finishes and she is playing pretty well. Lydia had a good strong finish as well. We are close to putting it together and this was a great team effort.”
Following a second place finish to open the spring season and a team title this weekend, the Seminoles will head into Gainesville in less than three weeks for the Gator Women’s Invitational with a boost of confidence. It will be the last time the Seminoles play in the state of Florida this season.
“We’ve had a few runner-up finishes that can be depressing for the players,” said Bond. “We had to stay motivated. This was a big weekend for us and that confidence should be brimming over now. We will see what the rest of the spring holds but this is great momentum heading into the Gator.”
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