THE WOODLANDS, Texas (seminoles.com) – Senior Matilda Castren finished in first place in the individual standings for the school-record setting sixth time in her career, and the No. 4 Florida State women’s golf team finished in first place in the team standings for the second time this fall as play in the Jim West Challenge on the Carlton Woods Creekside Course came to a close.
Castren held off a hard-charging Pimnipa Panthong of Kent State by one stroke to win the individual championship while the Seminoles carded their ninth consecutive below par round to win the team championship over Kent State by seven strokes.
Castren won her school record sixth individual championship as she carded a three-round total of 203 with scores of 69-65-69. She tied the school record for a single round with her 65 in the second round, set a personal best for 36 holes at 134 in the first two rounds, established a personal best three-round tournament score at 203 and finished a personal best 13 strokes under par for the tournament. Castren defeated Panthong – who carded a 63 in the final round – by one stroke to win the championship. Castren earned a birdie on hole No. 17 and a par on hole No. 18 to pull in front on Panthong who carded 10 birdies on the day and pulled into a tie with Castren with a birdie on hole No. 16. Castren re-took the lead with a birdie on hole No. 17 and both players finished with a par on hole No. 18.
Florida State carded a 9-under par score of 279 in the third round to finish with a season-best 24-under par score of 840. The Seminoles and Kent State were the only two teams who finished with three team scores under par during the tournament. Florida State finished at eight under in the first round, seven under in the second round and nine under in the third round. The Seminoles have finished each of their first nine rounds of the fall under par and are a total of 56 strokes under par for the fall season.
“Each of our girls played a really good round of golf to win this tournament,” said head coach Amy Bond. “We are learning a lot each time we play. We are learning to play in the final group, we are learning how to play with a lead and we are learning how to keep a lead with a really, really good team like Kent State coming at you. We are doing a really good job of staying within ourselves right now.”
The win for Bond was her fifth as the Seminoles’ head coach and the 11th of her career.
Castren (Espoo, Finland) gained her school-record sixth individual win and her-school record 19th career top 10 finish while lowering her already school-record career stroke average to 72.42. She was below par of 53 of her 54 holes played in the tournament and led the Seminoles with 15 birdies during the tournament.
Castren was nearly flawless on for the third consecutive round on Monday. After a bogey on her first hole, she finished her final 17 holes at 4-under par with four birdies and 13 holes scored at par.
“I was hitting the ball well today but my putts weren’t dropping early on,” said Castren. “I stayed calm and patient. When I was on 16, Ducky (assistant coach Robert Duck) told me I was winning by one stroke so I had a feeling I was going to need one more birdie. Also I knew my best tournament total was minus 12 – I wanted the beat that. It turned out that minus 13 was just enough to claim the win.”
Freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) finished in a career-best tied for sixth place in the individual standings as she carded a career-best score of 69 in the final round. She finished with two of her three scores under par, all three of her scores at par or better, with her career-best tournament score of 211 and her career-best tournament scores vs. par of minus 5.
Doherty finished the third round with a 69 – her score included four birdies and 17 holes scored at par or better. She was as many as a four strokes under par in the third round. Doherty counted all three of her individual scores in the team score for the first time in her Seminole career.
Junior Kim Metraux (Lausanne Switzerland) finished in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings as she carded a 1-under par score of 71 in the third round. She finished with a 4-under par tournament score of 212 – the sixth time during her career that she has finished below par for a three-round tournament. Her 4-under par tournament score is the best score of her Florida State career vs. par. Kim Metraux is now a total of even par during the first three events of the fall season.
Junior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) finished in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings as she carded a 2-under par score of 70 in the third and final round of the event. She finished with a 2-under par score of 214 – the fifth time as a Seminole that she has finished under par. Morgane Metraux is a total of 15 strokes under par with three top 20 finishes and the individual championship at the Schooner Fall Classic in three events this fall.
Senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) played her best golf of the tournament in the third round as she carded an even par score of 72 and finished with a 222 total for the event.
Florida State closes out its four-match fall season as it plays in the Cardinal Cup hosted by the University of Louisville, Oct. 23-25, 2016.
Seminole Notes: Florida State has now won as many tournament championships this fall (two) as it did during the entire 2015-16 season (two, Jacksonville Classic and Florida State Match-Up)…Florida State has now finished in the top five in 11 of its last 13 regular season events in the last two seasons…Florida State enters the Louisville Cup looking to win its third event of the year…the last time the Seminoles won three events in the same year was during the 2009-10 season (the Lady Wildcat Invitational, the Pinehurst Challenge and the Bryan National Collegiate)…Amy Bond has now led Florida State to five championships in seven season as the Seminoles head coach (Web.com/Marsh Landing Invitational, Spring 2014; Jacksonville Classic, Fall 2015; Florida State Match-Up, Spring 2016; Schooner Fall Classic, Fall 2016; Jim West Challenge, Fall 2016).
Jim West Challenge/Par 72/Oct. 9-10, 2016/Final Florida State Scores
Carlton Woods Creekside Course/The Woodland, Texas
1/15-Florida State, 280+281+279=840
1-Matilda Castren, 69+65+69=203
T6-Amanda Doherty, 70+72+69=211
T8-Kim Metraux, 68+73+71=212
T15-Morgane Metraux, 73+71+70=214
T43-Lydia Gumm, 74+76+72 =222
Jim West Challenge/Par 72/ Oct. 9-10, 2016/Final Team Scores
Carlton Woods Creekside Course/The Woodland, Texas
1-Florida State, 280+281+279-840
2-Kent State, 286+286+278=847
5-Texas A&M, 288+286+285+859
7-Texas Tech, 294+288+285=867
9-Notre Dame, 282+294+296=872
12-Texas San Antonio, 301+292+295=888
14-Texas State, 311+298+293=902
15-North Texas, 310+302+298=910