BRYAN, TEXAS (seminoles.com) – Florida State freshman Kayla Jones shot an even par 72 and is in a tie for first place in the individual standings, and the Seminole women’s golf team is in a tie for second place in the team standings with one round remaining to be played in the Mo Morial Invitational at the Traditions Course at Texas A&M University. Jones has a 36-hole total of 141 after shooting a 69 in the first round and is tied with Maddie Szeryk of Texas A&M for the individual lead heading into Wednesday’s final round.
Florida State’s Jones, who is playing in her first career collegiate event, is tied with Szeryk for first place in the individual standings. Jones and Szeryk are two strokes ahead of Clara Baena and Alex Harrell of Auburn who are tied for third with identical scores of 143. Szeryk, who is playing on her home course, shot a tournament record 65 (which included a hole in one) in the second round to move from a tie for 26th place after the first round into a tie for the lead after two rounds.
Auburn maintained its team lead and begins play in the third round with a nine stroke lead over Florida State and Texas A&M in the race for the team championship. The Tigers (-1) and Aggies (-4) were the only teams to shoot under par in the second round. Florida State improved its team score by five strokes as compared to the first round and is the only team in the tournament with each of its five golfers in the top 30 of the individual standings.
The story for Florida State continued to be Jones (Milton, Ga.) for the second consecutive day as she remained in first place in the individual standings with her two round total of 141. She shot a 3 under par score of 69 in the first round and totaled an even par 72 in the second round. Jones is one of only three players (also Baena and Harrell of Auburn) who have carded scores of par of better in both of the first two rounds.
Jones led the Seminoles with five birdies in the second round to bring her two day total to 12 in shooting even par. She was as many as two strokes under par with three birdies on her first eight holes and finished her front nine at 1 under par. She then closed the round well as she birdied the final two holes of the round to finish at even par.
“I have really worked hard to believe in myself and in my abilities in my first tournament as a Seminole,” said Jones. “I have hit some bumps in the road but I have been able to stay patient until the birdies came.”
Jones carded 14 of 18 holes at par or better and played only one hole more than one stroke above par.
Sophomore Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) played the best round of the day for the Seminoles as she shot a career best 2-under par score of 70. She has a career-best two round total of 145. She played the best round of her collegiate career with three birdies, 17 of 18 holes at par or better and only one bogey. Gumm was consistent on her front side with nine consecutive holes scored at par. After a bogey on the par 5 hole No. 10, Gumm finished her afternoon with three birdies and five holes scored at par on her final eight holes to finish with her career best score.
“I hit every fairway today, so that allowed me to go for pins and gave me good birdie opportunities,” said Gumm. “I also felt better today with my putting. I am really excited for our team and hope we can all finish strong tomorrow.”
Gumm was never more than 1 stroke above par and was at or below par following 16 of the 18 holes she played during the round. She enters the final round of play in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings and will play for the best and first top 10 finish of her Seminole career. Gumm finished in a career-best tied for 11th place in the Florida Challenge in the spring of 2014.
Senior Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) carded an even par score of 72 and moved into a tie for 19th place in the individual standings with a two-day total of 150. She was very consistent throughout the round as she carded 17 of 18 holes at par or better with two birdies. Milan was 2-under par after 15 holes before scoring a bogey on the par three hole No. 16. She gathered herself after the bogey and closed with two straight holes scored at par. She has carded scores of par or better in five of her last 11 rounds dating back to the spring 2014 season.
Sophomore Anna Sophia Bohmer (Cali, Colombia) and senior Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) carded scores of 77 and are in 25th and a tie for 30th place, respectively, in the individual standings.
“We played a pretty good round of golf today,” said head coach Amy Bond. “I was proud of the way we battled back especially at the end of the round. We are playing in the final group on the final day and we have given ourselves a shot to win the tournament. That is one of our goals in each tournament we play and that’s all we need – a shot to win.”
Florida State will play for its second championship under head coach Amy Bond as they tee off with Auburn and Texas A&M in Wednesday’s third and final round. The Seminoles won the team championship at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Invitational during the spring of 2014.
19th Annual Mo Morial Invitational/September 8-10, 2014
Traditions Course/Bryan, Texas/Second Round Florida State Results
T2/11. Florida State 296 291 587
T1. Kayla Jones 69 72 141
T6. Lydia Gumm 75 70 145
T19. Alex Milan 78 72 150
25. Anna Sophia Böhmer 75 77 152
T30. Laure Castelain 77 77 154
19th Annual Mo Morial Invitational/September 8-10, 2014
Traditions Course/Bryan, Texas/Second Round Team Results
1. Auburn 578
T2 Florida State 587
T2 Texas A&M 587
4. Houston 598
5. Kentucky 600
6. Texas San Antonio 605
7. TCU 607
8. Tulsa 613
9. Troy 617
10. Stephen F. Austin 625
11. Louisiana Monroe 627