TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which finished in second place at the fall season opening Mo Morial Invitational at Texas A&M University, travels to play at the Lady Paladin Invitational on Sept. 21-23 at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C. The Seminoles placed second to Auburn in the team standings with true freshman Kayla Jones finishing in a tie for first place in the individual standings at the Mo Morial. The Seminoles’ second place finish at the Mo Morial was their best fall season opening finish since finishing in second place at the Cougar Fall Classic in 2010. Florida State finished that second place finish with the team championship at the Lady Wildcat Invitational in its second event of the fall 2010 season.
THE 2014 LADY PALADIN INVITATIONAL FIELD
No. 31 Florida State is joined by No. 25 North Carolina, No. 29 Wake Forest, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Furman, Georgia State, Kansas, Samford, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UNC Greensboro, Wofford, Western Carolina and Yale in the 44th Annual Lady Paladin Invitational Golf Tournament at the Furman University Golf Course. The tournament will be played on the Par 72, 6,266 yard Furman University Golf Course designed by Richard K. Webel and Walter Crosby. The course is home to the Furman Intercollegiate and the Lady Paladin Invitational and has played host to Arnold Palmer on the PGA circuit and Betsy King and Beth Daniel on the LPGA circuit.
FLORIDA STATE’S HISTORY IN THE LADY PALADIN INVITATIONAL
Florida State is competing in the Lady Paladin Invitational for the second consecutive year after finishing in a tie for fifth place in the team standings in 2013. Then freshman Matilda Castren (who will make her fall 2014 debut at the Lady Paladin Invitational) finished in a tie for 18th place in the individual standings to lead the Seminoles in the 16-team event. Florida State won the Lady Paladin Invitational in 1981 as Michelle Guibault won the individual title with a three-round score of 214. Guibault was a member of the Seminoles’ AIAW National Championship team in 1982. She earned AIAW All-American honors in 1981.
JONES WITH BEST DEBUT BY A FLORIDA STATE FRESHMAN
In earning co-medalist honors at the 2014 Mo Morial Invitational, freshman Kayla Jones finished with a 209 score for the three round tournament. Her score is tied for the seventh best tournament score in school history and is the best score by a freshman in school history in her first career event. In finishing in a tie for first place in the individual standings at the Mo Morial, Jones set the tournament record (along with co-medalist Carla Baena of Auburn) for the lowest 54-hole score and set the tournament record for the lowest 36-hole score (141).
Best Tournament Scores In School History
Rank Player Tournament Date Rounds vs. Par Total
1. Matilda Castren Marsh Landing Invit. April 8, 2014 69-66-69 -12 204
2. Caroline Westrup Cougar Fall Classic Sept. 16, 2008 69-71-66 -10 206
Maria Salinas Gator Invit. March 18, 2012 68-72-66 -4 206
Matilda Castren Florida State Match-Up Feb. 16, 2014 68-68-70 -10 206
5. Caroline Westrup NCAA East Regional May 12, 2007 69-69-70 -8 208
Alex Milan Marsh Landing Invit. April 8, 2014 71-69-68 -8 208
7. Lacey Agnew Cougar Fall Classic Sept. 14, 2009 69-72-68 -7 209
Kayla Jones Mo Morial Invit. Sept. 10, 2014 69-72-68 -7 209
FLORIDA STATE TO FACE FORMER SEMINOLE IN COASTAL CAROLINA HEAD COACH
One of Florida State’s opponents at the 44th Annual Lady Paladin Invitational is Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers are coached by former Seminole standout Katie Quinney. Katie Quinney is in her seventh year as Coastal’s head coach. She has led the squad to three Big South Conference Championships (2009, 2011, 2013), four NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013) and a NCAA Championship appearance in 2011. Quinney is a 2004 Florida State graduate who received her degree in psychology after earning three varsity letters as a member of the Seminoles’ starting line-up. Following her graduation she played professionally on the Futures, Asian and Canadian professional tours. She earned All-ACC honors in 2004 in leading the Seminoles to a 19th place finish in the NCAA Finals.
MILAN TIES CAREER BEST AT MO MORIAL
Senior Alex Milan tied her career best score of a single round with a 4-under par 68 in the third and final round of the Mo Morial Classic. She finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings, earning her fourth career top five individual finish and third top five finish in her last eight events.
GUMM REWRITES PERSONAL RECORD BOOK
Sophomore Lydia Gumm set personal records for lowest single round score (70, second round), lowest 36-hole score (145), lowest tournament score (219) and best finish (seventh) at the Mo Morial Invitational.
SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2014)
Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Wins
Kayla Jones 1 3 3 3 68 209 69.67 1
Alex Milan 1 3 2 2 68 218 72.67 0
Lydia Gumm 1 3 3 3 70 219 73.00 0
Anna Sophia Böhmer 1 3 0 1 75 230 76.67 0
Laure Castelain 1 3 0 0 76 230 76.67 0