October 2, 2016 - by
Castren Leads Women’s Golf At Cougar Classic

HANAHAN, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Senior Matilda Castren is in a tie for third place in the individual standings, and the No. 2 ranked Florida State women’s golf team is in eighth place in the team standings after the first of three rounds at the 14th Annual Cougar Fall Classic at the Yeamans Hall Club.  The Seminoles finished with a below par team score for the fourth consecutive round and are eight strokes behind Furman as they play for their second consecutive team championship.  Florida State win the team championship at last week’s Schooner Fall Classic.

Florida State was one of seven teams to finish under par in the first round.  The Seminoles trail No. 14 Furman, the first-round leader, by eight strokes.  The Paladins have three players in the top five of the team standings while Florida State has one player in the top five and two in the top 25 of the individual standings.  Castren is tied for third in the individual standings with Michaela Owen of Auburn and Antonia Eberhard of Wake Forest.  Sierra Sims of Wake Forest is the individual leader with a 6-under par score of 66.  Haylee Harford of Furman is in second place with an 18-hole total of 67.

“Anytime you put together an under par round of golf, it’s a good day,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “We did not get off to the best of starts but we fought our way back to finish under par.  There is a lot of golf ahead and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”

Castren (Espoo, Finland) shot her second consecutive opening round of 68 with the help of five birdies and 17 holes scored at par or better.  She carded two birdies on her the front nine and three on the back nine.  Castren closed her round at 2-under par over her last seven holes after the only blemish, a bogey, came on her second hole of the back nine.  She was never over par during the round and was as many as four strokes under par on the day.

“I hit the ball well today and gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities,” said Castren.  “Altogether, it was a pretty good day.  I am happy about my scores and excited to play better tomorrow.  I am also happy for all of the girls on our team; we all battled to the end and finished with a strong team score.”

Castren, who earned All-American honors as a sophomore, has started the fall season of her senior season with three of four rounds scored at par or better.  She has come within two strokes of tying her career best with scores of 68 in the opening rounds of the fall-season opening School and Cougar Fall Classic events.

Junior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland), who won her first career individual championship last weekend, carded a 1-under par score of 71 and is in a tie for 20th place in the individual standings.  She carded four birdies and 15 holes at par or better in the opening round of the Cougar Fall Classic.  Metraux closed her round with two birdies over the course of her last five holes to finish under par for her fifth consecutive collegiate round.  She carded a 71 in the final round of the 2016 NCAA Championship Finals, three consecutive scores in the 60s in the Schooner Fall Classic (68-67-66) and her 71 on Sunday.


Castren Leads Women’s Golf At Cougar Classic


Morgane Metraux is averaging a career-low 68.00 strokes after her first four rounds of the fall season.

Senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) is in a tie for 39th place in the individual standings with a 1-over par score of 73.  She played her best golf at the end of the round with three consecutive birdies on holes 16, 17 and 18 and was three under par on her final seven holes of the round with four birdies.  All four of her birdies during the round came over the course of her final seven holes.

Junior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) finished with a scored 74 while freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) carded a 75.

Florida State will play with Arkansas and South Carolina in Monday’s second round with the Seminoles, Razorbacks and Gamecocks teeing off at 10:20 a.m.

Seminole Notes: Florida State finished the round with a 2-under par team score of 286 – the fourth consecutive round this fall that they have finished under par as a team…senior Lydia Gumm played in her 100th career round as a Seminole in the first round of the Cougar Classic…senior All-America Matilda Castren has carded scores of 68 in the first round of both of Florida State’s first two fall events…for Castren, 68 is her best first round score of her career – she had scored 68 in the first round of the Florida State Match-Up in the spring of 2014 (she won the individual championship), the first round of the Schooner Classic in the fall of 2016 and in the first round of the Cougar Classic in the fall of 2016…with her score of 68 in the first round of the Cougar Classic, Castren lowered her program record career stroke average to 72.58…

14TH Annual Cougar Fall Classic/Par 72
Yeamans Hall Club/Hanahan, S.C./Oct. 2-4, 2016
8/21-Florida State, 286
T3-Matilda Castren, 68
T22-Morgane Metraux, 71
T36-Lydia Gumm, 73
T51-Kim Metraux, 74
T72-Amanda Doherty, 75

14TH Annual Cougar Fall Classic/Par 72
Yeamans Hall Club/Hanahan, S.C./Oct. 2-4, 2016
1-Furman, 278
2-North Carolina, 281
3-Wake Forest, 282
T4-Auburn, 284
T4-UCF, 284
T6-NC State, 285
T6-Michigan, 285
8-Florida State, 286
9-South Carolina, 288
10-Louisville, 289
T11-Penn State, 291
T11-Chattanooga, 291
13-Maryland, 292
14-Arkansas, 293
15-Clemson, 293
16-Mississippi State, 296
17-Charleston Southern,
T18-Wisconsin, 301
T18-Indiana, 301
T20-Coastal Carolina, 302
T20-College of Charleston, 302

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