TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State, which opens the fall 2014 and spring 2015 seasons looking to play in its 10th consecutive NCAA Championship tournament, opens its fall campaign at the 19th Annual Mo Morial Invitational at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, September 8-10, 2014. The event is hosted by Texas A&M University. Florida State’s appearance in the event marks the third time in the last four seasons it has played in the event with a fifth place team finish during the 2011-12 season and a sixth place finish during the 2013-14 season. Florida State’s line-up will consist of two seniors (2014 All ACC selection Alex Milan and 2014 All-America Scholar Athlete Laure Castelain), two sophomores (Anna Sophia Böhmer and Lydia Gumm) and one freshman (Kayla Jones).
THE 2014 MO MORIAL INVITATIONAL FIELD
No. 31 Florida State is joined by No. 17 Auburn, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 30 Kentucky, Baylor, Houston, Louisiana Monroe, Stephen F. Austin, Texas San Antonio, TCU, Troy and Tulsa in the 19th Annual Mo Morial Invitational at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. The national rankings come courtesy of GolfWeek.com. The Mo Morial Invitational is played in the honor of former Texas A&M great Monica Welsh who died tragically in an automobile accident in 1992. She was a four-year letter winner for the Aggies (1979-82) and a two-time TAIAW all-state selection. The event (18 holes per day over three days) will be played at the Traditions Club – the home of the Texas A&M men’s and women’s golf programs. The course is a highly ranked Jack Nicklaus / Jack Nicklaus II designed layout. Kentucky is the defending tournament champion and will look to win the championship again this season. Hayley Mills of Kentucky also returns to defend her individual championship in the event.
CASTELAIN NAMED TO ALL-AMERICA SCHOLAR ATHLETE TEAM
Junior Laure Castelain, the top academic achiever on the Florida State women’s golf team, was named to the All-American Scholar Team presented by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in July of 2014. 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 this past year 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. Castelain’s honor of being named to the 2014 WGCA All-American Scholar Team continues quite an academic rol1 for the Florida State team captain. She was named to the 2012 ACC Academic Honor Roll and was named to the 2012, 2013 and 2014 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team. She was one of only three freshmen named to the 2012 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf team and is one of only 11 golfers in the ACC to be named to the All-Academic Women’s Golf team in each of the last three seasons.
THREE SEMINOLES PLAY IN WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Three Seminoles – sophomore Matilda Castren (Finland) and freshman sisters Kim and Morgane Metraux (Switzerland) – represented Florida State and their respective countries in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships in Karuizawa, Japan. Castren and Finland finished in a tied for 17th place in the team standings while the Metraux sisters and Switzerland finished in 32nd place in the 50-team field. Because of their travel schedules, none of the three players will play in the season-opening Mo Morial Invitational for the Seminoles.
SEVEN SEMINOLES 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 Seminoles’ repeat honorees were senior Laure Castelain (third honor), sophomore Olivia Hullert (second), senior Carlton Kuhlo (third) and senior Alex Milan (third). A trio of freshmen – Kayla Bloor, Sherrell Buckley and Lydia Gumm – was named to the ACC Honor Roll for the first time in their careers. Castelain, Kuhlo and Milan were also named to the All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team in 2014.
SEMINOLES BUSY DURING SUMMER OF 2014
The members of the Seminole women’s golf team were very active during the summer of 2014 as they played in many prestigious events around the globe. Sophomore All-American Matilda Castren earned two individual championships on the World Amateur Golf Rankings Tour and represented Finland in the World Amateur Team Championships, senior Carlton Kuhlo played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, senior Alex Milan played in the British Ladies Amateur Championship, the Trans National Amateur Championship and U.S. Amateur Publinks Championship, Laure Castelain represented France in the World University Golf Championships while Kim and Morgane Metraux played in the European Ladies and World Amateur Team Championships.
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