January 30, 2017 - by
Women’s Golf Finishes Second At Florida Challenge

LECANTO, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Senior All-American Matilda Castren finished in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings, and the No. 4 ranked Florida State women’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings as play in the 5th Annual Florida Challenge at the Black Diamond Ranch came to a close.  The event, contested in two rounds during one day of play, serves as the spring-season opening tournament for the Seminoles who won three of their four fall events and have finished in the top four of each of their first five events of the 2016-17 campaign.

No. 8 Florida won the team championship for the second consecutive season as they finished the event with four players placing in the top four of the individual standings.  For the Gators, Carlotta Ricolfi, Maria Trees and Marta Perez Sanmartin finished in a three-way tie for first place with identical scores of 1-over par 145.  Florida State’s Castren finished tied for fourth place in the individual standings – just one stroke away from claiming the seventh individual championship of her career.

“We played well despite challenging conditions,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “This tournament certainly served as an event that knocked the rust off of clubs with it being the spring season opener.  It took a while for us to get into our rhythm but I feel the when we settled in all seven of our girls played good golf.  We found that there are areas of our games that we are very good at and others areas that we are not as sharp as we are going to need to be moving forward.”

Florida State was in third place in the team standings after the first round and moved into second place in the final standings as it improved its team score by 10 strokes.  The Seminoles’ 292 second round team score was the second best of the day among the 11 teams in the event.  Junior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) made the Seminoles’ biggest improvement as she carded a 2 under par score of 70 in the second round after carding a 78 in the first round.

Castren (Espoo, Finland) continued her stellar career as she carded scored of 74 and 72 for a two-round total of 146.  She was at her best on the back nine during the two rounds as she was a cumulative total of four strokes under.  She totaled five birdies on holes 10-18 including three in the second round.

“It was a tough day and I did not start very well,” said Castren.  “I worked hard to stay focused and I finished the second well.  It was a good start to the season; we obviously hoped to earn a team victory.  There are more tournaments and we are all confident that we will continue to perform well.”

 

Women’s Golf Finishes Second At Florida Challenge

 

Castren’s individual finish marked the fourth top-five finish in the Florida Challenge during her career.  She finished in a tie for first in 2016, tied for second in 2014, tied for fifth in 2015 and now tied for fourth in 2017.  Her finish also marked the 23rd time during her 37-match career that she has led the Seminoles at the top of the leaderboard in an event.

Morgane Metraux carded the best round of the day – a second round 70 – for the Seminoles and finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings.  She led the Seminoles with six birdies in the two round event including four in the second round.  She was never above par in the second round in earning two birdies on the first nine holes of the round.

Kim Metraux, who played as an individual in the event, finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings.  She carded scores of 73-75, to match her sister’s total of 148.  She totaled five birdies on the day.

Senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) and freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) both finished tied for 12th in the individual standings with identical scores of 150.  Both players carded scores of 75 in both of their respective rounds.  For Gumm, her finish was the 15th top-15 finish of her career.  it was Doherty’s third consecutive and third overall top-15 finish of her now five-match career as a Seminole.

“We certainly learned a great deal from today and are looking forward to our home tournament at Don Veller Golf Club in Tallahassee, February 10-12,” said Bond.

Florida State plays host to the jewel of their home schedule – The Florida State Match-Up – as they look to repeat as team champions in the event after taking the crown in 2016.

5th Annual Florida Challenge/Par 72/January 30, 2017
Black Diamond Ranch/Lecanto, Fla./Final Florida State Results
2/17-Florida State, 302+292=594
T4-Matilda Castren, 74+72=146
T6-Morgane Metraux, 78+70=148
T12-Amanda Doherty, 75+75=150
T12-Lydia Gumm, 75+75=150
T20-Kayla Jones, 78-75=153
T6-Kim Metraux, 73-75=148 *
T34-Anna Sophia Böhmer, 82+77=159 *
*Played as an individual

5th Annual Florida Challenge/Par 72/January 30, 2017
Black Diamond Ranch/Lecanto, Fla./Final Florida State Results
1-Florida, 301+281=582
2-Florida State, 302+292=594
3-Miami, 301+301=602
4-UCF, 311+294=605
5-Florida International, 323+308=631
6-Stetson, 312+320=632
7-Florida Gulf Coast, 321+315=636
8-Seminole State, 321+315=639
9-USF, 323+318=641
10-North Florida, 320+323=643
11-Jacksonville, 325+319=644

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