SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (seminoles.com) – Morgane Metraux and Matilda Castren both finished in a tie for second place in the individual standings, and the No. 4 Florida State women’s golf team won the team championship as play in the 13th Annual Cardinal Cup on the University of Louisville Golf Course came to a close to conclude the Seminoles’ fall season.
The Seminoles defeated second-place Wisconsin by 22 strokes to win their third team championship in four events during the fall season. The Seminoles’ three victories this fall marks the most tournament championships in a single year since Florida State won five during the fall and spring seasons of 1980-81. The Seminoles’ final team championship in 1981 was the AIAW National Championship.
Florida State shot a 5-under par score of 283 in the third round to mark the third time this week they carded the best round of the tournament. The Seminoles’ 22-stroke victory was their largest of the fall and their second double digit victory of the season. Florida State won the Schooner Fall Classic by 12 strokes over Alabama and were victorious at the Jim West Challenge by seven strokes over Kent State. The Seminoles were the only team in the 17-team field at the Cardinal Cup that carded at least one team round below par. Brooke Ferrell of Wisconsin won the individual championship as she carded a 1-under par 71 in the final round for a 214 total for the three-round event. She defeated Florida State’s Metraux and Castren by one stroke to win the individual championship.
The Seminoles tied the Cardinal Cup tournament record for lowest team score in a single round (283, third round) and set tournament scored for lowest team round score for a third round (283, third round).
“I am super-proud of the girls this week because they didn’t get off to the best of starts,” said head coach Amy Bond. “But they did a really good job of handling the mental aspect of the game. They improved by nine strokes from round one to two and by 10 more in round three. They’ve had an exceptional fall and I have been proud of their dedication and work ethic each day they have come to the course. The hard work by all of the girls on the team has really paid off.”
Senior Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) and junior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) finished in a tie for second place in the individual standings with identical 54-hole scores.
Castren carded a 4-under par score of 68 in the third and final round to finish with a 1-under par score of 215. She carded six birdies and totaled 16 holes scored at par or better in the final round. Castren was three under on her final four holes with three birdies – including a birdie on her final hole to finish at 68. She was over par for only one hole in the final round and was as many as four strokes under par in gaining her 12th career top-five individual finish.
“Our play this fall is a great confidence boost entering the spring season,” said Castren. “We can’t wait to play again in January. It’s amazing to feel like we can win every time we step on the course. I believe this team can do some very special things.”
Castren finished her with a first place finish (at the Jim West Challenge), a second place finish (at the Cardinal Cup), an 11th place finish (at the Cougar Fall Classic) and a 12th place finish (at the Schooner Fall Classic). She finished the fall season under par in each of her four events and was a total of 19 strokes under par for the four-tournament fall season.
Morgane Metraux carded a 71 in the final round and finished with a 1-under par score of 215 and finished in a tie for second place. She, too, carded six birdies (for a team-leading 14 in the tournament) and was never more than one stroke over par during the round. Morgane closed the event with consecutive score of 71 after carding a 73 in the first round.
Morgane Metraux also finished all four of her tournaments below par including the Cardinal Classic which she finished a 1-under par. She finished the fall at 16 strokes below par with top two finishes at the Schooner Fall Classic (her first career victory) and at the Cardinal Cup (second place) and has earned four career top five individual collegiate finishes.
Senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.), who played in her home state of Kentucky for the final time as a collegian, finished in a tie for 10th place as she carded a 74 in the third round. She scored progressively better in the final two rounds of the tournament with a 75 in the second round and a 74 in the third round after a 76 in the first round. Gumm earned her second top 10 finish of the fall and the eighth top-10 finish of her career at this year’s Cardinal Cup.
“This fall has been something special,” said Gumm. “It has been so much fin and I am so proud of our team. I think our hard work is showing in our results. This is a great way to end the fall and now we have to handle our business in the offseason to prepare for the spring.”
Freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) carded a final round 70 and finished in a tie for 10th place to earn her second consecutive top 10 finish. She finished in a tie for sixth place at the Jim West Challenge. Junior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) finished with a third round score of 74 and in 20th place in in the individual standings.
Florida State was the only team that had each of its players finish in the top-20 of the individual standings.
Florida State opens it spring season at the Florida Challenge on January 30 before playing hosts to the Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminoles Golf Course Feb. 10-12.
13TH Annual Cardinal Cup/Par 72/Oct. 23-25, 2016
University of Louisville Golf Club/Simpsonville, Ky./Final Florida State Results
1/17-Florida State, 301+292+283=576
T2-Morgane Metraux, 73+71+71=215
T2-Matilda Castren, 75+72+68+215
T10-Lydia Gumm, 76+75+74=225
T10-Amanda Doherty, 80+75+70=215
20-Kim Metraux, 77+74+77=228
13TH Annual Cardinal Cup/Par 72/ Oct. 23-25, 2016
University of Louisville Golf Club/Simpsonville, Ky./Final Round Team Results
1-Florida State, 301+292+283=876
T5-East Carolina, 311+302+303=916
7-Virginia Tech, 312+302+305=919
12-Middle Tennessee, 318+307+3-8=933
16-Louisville (B), 326+318+306=950
17-Ball State, 324+327324=973