THE WOODLANDS, Texas (seminoles.com) – Senior All-American Matilda Castren is in first place in the individual standings, and the No. 4 ranked Seminole women’s golf team is in first place in the team standings after two rounds of the Jim West Challenge on the Carlton Woods Creekside Course. Castren tied the school record for a single round as she carded a 7-under par 65 and the Seminoles finished with an under par team score of 281 in the second round – the eighth consecutive round this fall they have finished under par.
The Seminoles hold an eight stroke lead over Kent State and Texas with one round of the event remaining to be played. Florida State posted the best team score of the first round (280) and was tied for the tournament lead (with Texas) with second round score of 281. The Seminoles have an eight stroke advantage heading into Monday’s third and final round as they work to win their second tournament of the fall. Florida State won the season-opening Schooner Fall Classic and finished fourth at last week’s Cougar Fall Classic.
Castren, who totaled seven birdies in tying the school record with her second round 65, holds a three stroke lead over Thanya Pattamakijsakul of Texas A&M and Julienne Soo of Oklahoma. Pattamakijsakul and Soo carded identical scores of 137. Castren has a two-round total of 134 – the best score of her Seminole career for 36 holes. She will play for the school-record sixth individual win of her career on Monday.
“Our players played well on a really good golf course today,” said head coach Amy Bond. “We took want the course gave us, made a lot of birdies and put ourselves in a good position entering the third round. We need to take care of business and see what tomorrow has in store for use at the end.”
Castren (Espoo, Finland) carded a 69 in the first round and her record tying score of 65 in the second round for her 134 total. She became the third player in school history to card a 65 and the second Seminole this season to tie the school record. Seminole All-American Kris Tamulis totaled a 65 in the second round of the 2003 ACC Tournament and Kim Metraux totaled a 65 in the first round of the Schooner Fall Classic on Sept. 24, 2016.
Castren played extraordinary golf in the second round with seven birdies and 11 holes played at par. She did not card a single hole above par during the second round. Castren carded five consecutive birdies on holes 11 through 15 to move into the individual lead. She was seven strokes under par over her final four holes of the afternoon.
“I played my wedges very well and made a lot of putts,” said Castren. “I hit my shots close to the hole so it was easier to make more birdies. I felt confident and calm about my game – two feelings which I haven’t had in a long time. I am so proud of our entire team for putting together such good rounds of golf and for putting us in a good position entering the final round.”
Castren finished the day with a team-high 11 birdies – four in the first round and seven in the second round.
Junior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) is in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 141. She carded a 4-under par score of 68 in the first round and closed the day with a 73. She carded the second eagle of her Florida State career on the hole No. 5 in the second round. Metraux’s eagle took her under par on her third hole of the round where she remained for the majority of the round.
“The course is really nice and in great shape,” said Kim Metraux. “I enjoyed playing this course today. My long game was very good all day – I holed my eagle with a seven iron on the fifth hole. My putting was solid, too, as I made a lot of putts in the first round. We are all looking forward to tomorrow, our team is playing very well at this time.”
Freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) played the best golf of her short Seminole career with scores of 70-72 for a two round total of 142. She enters the third round ranked third among her Seminole teammates and tied for 13th in the overall individual standings. Doherty tied her career low with a 70 in the first round – the second time in her first seven career that she finished with a 70 and set her career best with a 142 for the first 36 holes of the event.
Doherty totaled nine birdies on the day – five in the first round and four in the second.
Junior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) is in a tie for 16th in the individual standings and senior Lydia Gumm has a 150 total for the first two rounds. Metraux carded a 1-under par 71 the second round thanks to five birdies.
The Seminoles will play with Kent State and Texas in Monday’s final round – a shotgun start which begins at 10:30 a.m ET.
Seminole Notes: Florida State shot an 8-under par 280 team score in the first round and a 7-under par team score in the second round of the Jim West Challenge – the school-record seventh and eighth consecutive rounds under par round to begin its fall season…Kim Metraux (minus four), Matilda Castren (minus three) and Amanda Doherty (minus 2) all finished under par in the first round – marking the second consecutive round and third time this fall (in seven round) that at least three Seminoles have finished with under par scores in a single round so far this season…the Seminoles have earned at least two under par individual rounds in each of their first eight events of the fall season…Florida State entered the 2016 Jim West Challenge with a 28-3 overall record in its first two events…the Seminoles are 6-2 against teams in the top 25 and 12-3 against teams in the top 50 of the GolfWeek Women’s Team Collegiate rankings entering the Jim West Challenge…
Jim West Challenge/Par 72/Oct. 9-10, 2016/Second Round Florida State Scores
Carlton Woods Creekside Course/The Woodland, Texas
1/15-Florida State, 280+281=561
1-Matilda Castren, 69+65=134
T7-Kim Metraux, 68+73=141
T13-Amanda Doherty, 70+72=142
T16-Morgane Metraux, 73+71=144
T50-Lydia Gumm, 74+76=150
Jim West Challenge/Par 72/ Oct. 9-10, 2016/Second Round Team Scores
Carlton Woods Creekside Course/The Woodland, Texas
1-Florida State, 280+281=561
T2-Kent State, 286+286=569
4-Texas A&M, 288+286=574
T6-Notre Dame, 282+294=576
T8-Texas Tech, 294+288=582
12-Texas San Antonio, 301+292=593
14-Texas State, 311+298=609
15-North Texas, 310+302=612