SHOAL CREEK, Ala. (seminoles.com) – Junior Matilda Castren is in a tie for first place in the individual standings and the Florida State women’s golf team is in second place in the team standings after two rounds of the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship at the Shoal Creek Country Club. With one round remaining in the regional championship the Seminoles are in place to advance to the NCAA National Championship Finals as one of the top six teams in the championship.
Florida State is 18 strokes inside of the cutline to qualify for their first championship finals appearance since 2010. Castren is tied for the lead in the individual standings with 18 holes remaining to be played as she looks to become the second regional champion in school history.
No. 8 and second seeded Northwestern is in first place in the standings with a six stroke lead over No. 22 ranked and sixth seeded Florida State. The Seminoles are two strokes ahead of No. 9 and third seeded Oklahoma State for third place, 10 strokes ahead of No. 1 ranked and top seeded Alabama for fourth place, 15 strokes ahead of No. 25 ranked and seventh seeded Tennessee and 20 strokes ahead of No.16 ranked and fourth seeded Cal. The top six teams in the final standings of the regional championship will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., May 20-25.
Northwestern carded the best team score of the day for the second consecutive day and enters the final round with a six stroke lead over Florida State. The Seminoles carded a 297 team score (tied for the second best of the round) in the second round and have a two-day total of 596. Florida State is one of only two teams in the 18-team regional championship which has carded sub 300 rounds in both of the first two days of the championship. Castren carded a 1-under par score of 71 in the second round and is tie for the individual lead with Kacie Komoto of Northwestern. Both players have a two day score of 1-over par 145. Castren and Komoto will play together as they battle for the individual championship in Saturday’s final round.
“The girls did a really good job of working their way around the course again today,” head coach Amy Bond said. “They did a great of handling the conditions and took what the course gave them. We have one more round to play and we have to play the course like we have in the first days of the championship.”
Castren (Espoo, Finland) carded her 1-under score of 71 as she totaled two birdies and 17 holes scored at par or better. She carded only one hole over par – a bogey on the par four hole No. 7. She played her first six holes at one under par, was even par at the turn and was 1-under par with one birdie and eight holes scored at par on her back nine. Castren was never above par and was as many as one stroke under par during the round.
“I stayed very patient today,” said Castren. “On each hole I was trying to make par and when the putts dropped I was happy. It was a good day but I would like to see my rate for greens in regulation be a little higher tomorrow. I made a lot of good pars but didn’t hit my irons well so there is room for improvement. I will have the same mindset for tomorrow.”
Castren’s round of 71 marked her fourth below par round in eight career NCAA regional championship rounds. She enters Saturday’s third round looking for her fifth career individual win. She will tie the school record for wins in a career with her next victory. Four-time All-American Caroline Westrup (2006-09) currently holds the school record with five career wins. A win for Castren would mark the second individual regional championship in school history. Maria Salinas finished in a tie for first place at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional Championship.
“Matilda played a great round of golf,” Bond said. “She was in control of her game and gave herself many opportunities to make birdies.”
Junior captain Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) carded a 1-over par score of 73 and moved into a tie for 15th place in the individual standings. Her round of 73 was a five stroke improvement over her score of 78 in the first round and helped her improve her standing by 30 places in the individual standings. Gumm carded two birdies on her first six holes and was 1-under par at the turn. She closed the round with seven of nine holes scored at par to finish with her seventh regional championship round scored at 75 or below.
“We are very excited to get back on the course tomorrow,” said Gumm. “We’ve worked hard to achieve our goals. We all need to stay focused on what we have to do tomorrow.”
Seminole sophomores Kim and Morgane Metraux are in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings after two rounds of play. Kim carded a 77 in the second round while Morgane carded a 76; both players have a two-day total of 150. Kim carded 13 holes at par while Morgane carded 12 holes at par or better including three birdies.
Morgane Metraux will play for her second career top 10 individual finish in an NCAA regional championship after finishing in a tie for 10th place at the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional Championship.
Florida State will play in the final group of the day along with Northwestern and Oklahoma State beginning at 9:09 (CDT). It marks the eighth time in 12 events this year the Seminoles will play as a member of the lead group.
NOTES: Florida State is the only school in the 18-team field that has four players in the top 15 of the individual standings…Matilda Castren, Lydia Gumm and Kim Metraux have carded three birdies each to lead the Seminoles through the first two rounds…Castren’s round of 71 in the second round is tied for the second lowest individual round over the first two days of the regional championship…the lowest individual score of the tournament (70) was carded by Jennifer Hahn of Vanderbilt in the first round…Castren and Linnea Johansson of Oklahoma State carded identical scores of 71 in the second round – the only two under par scores of the second round…only five team scores during the first two days have been scored below 300 – two by Florida State, two by Northwestern and one by Oklahoma State…the Seminoles are the leading team ACC team in the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship – ahead of Clemson (tied for eighth) and Notre Dame (11th)…Jordan Keppler, a senior manager for the Seminole men’s and women’s golf teams, was inducted into the Garnet and Golf Scholar Society prior to her graduation on April 30…established in 2010, the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service…Seminole head coach Amy Bond has coached one regional champion – Maria Salinas in 2012…Florida State’s two All-ACC honorees (Matilda Castren and Kim Metraux) mark the seventh and eighth All-ACC selections in the first six years of Bond’s head coaching tenure at Florida State…
NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship/Par 72/May 5-7, 2016
Shoal Creek Country Club/Shoal Creek, Ala./Second Round Florida State Results
2/18-Florida State, 299+297=576
T1-Matilda Castren, 74+71=145
T12-Kim Metraux, 73+77=150
T12-Morgane Metraux, 74+76=150
T15-Lydia Gumm, 78+73=151
T92-Kayla Bloor, 82+88=170
NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship/Par 72/May 5-7, 2016
Shoal Creek Country Club/Shoal Creek, Ala./Second Round Team Results
2-Florida State, 299+297=576
3-Oklahoma State, 301+297=598
10-New Mexico State, 303+318=621
11-Notre Dame, 309+314=623
12-Middle Tennessee, 310+317=627
15-Iowa State, 310+324=634
16-Eastern Kentucky, 332+316=648
18-Alabama State, 333+337=670