FSU Women's Golf BIO
Matilda Castren
Player Profile:
Matilda Castren 1877615
Height: 5'7"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Espoo, Finland
High School: Haukilahden Urheilulukio/Haukilahti Sports HS
Experience: 3 Letters
Years Events Rounds Strokes Avg. Low Top 10
2013-14 10 29 2,083 71.83 66 8
2014-15 10 29 2,123 73.21 67 3
2015-16 12 33 2,409 73.00 67 7
2016-17 12 35 2,522 72.06 65 6
Totals 44 126 9,137 72.52* 65* 24*
        *Program Record    

 (updated May 23, 2017)

2014 WGCA All-American Second Team
2017 WGCA All-American Honorable Mention
2014 GolfWeek All-American Second Team
2014, 2016, 2017 All-ACC
2014 Florida State Match-Up Medalist
2014 Web.com/Marsh Landing Invitational Medalist
2015 Jacksonville Invitational Medalist
2016 Florida Challenge Medalist
2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Invitational Medalist
2016 Jim West Challenge Medalist
2014 ACC Golfer of The Month (February)
2014 GolfWeek National Golfer of The Week (April 14, 2014)
2016 NCAA Championships Shoal Creek Regional Honors
2015 and 2016 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2015 and 2016 All-ACC Academic Women's Golf Team
2016 Academic Dean's List Honors (Spring)
2017 Academic Dean's List Honors (Spring)
2017 Clemson Invitational Medalist

Video: Castren Flourishing As A Seminole / United By Culture / Matilda Castren: Driven /

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Q&A's with Matilda Castren

On Castren: Graduated from Florida State University on May 6, 2017 with a degree in International Affairs...set the school record for lowest career stroke average -- 72.52 -- during her four year varsity career (2014-17)...All-American Second-Team selection by the Women's Golf Coaches Association and GolfWeek in 2014...All-American Honorable Mentin by the WGCA in 2017…a three-time All-ACC selection (2014, 2016 and 2017) who is one of only three players in school history to earn All-ACC honors at least three times as a Seminole…named to the NCAA Championships All-Shoal Creek Regional team in 2016…holds the all-time best stroke average in school history with a 72.35 average in 123 rounds during 43 events…the Seminoles' all-time leader with seven career individual victories…has earned victories at the spring 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship (T1), spring 2016 Florida Challenge (T1), spring 2015 Jacksonville Classic (1), spring 2014 Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate, spring 2014 Florida State Match-Up (1), the fall 2016 Jim West Challenge (1) and the spring 2017 Clemson Invitational…the all-time program leader with 24 career top 10 finishes…earned medalist honors at the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championships as she finished in a three-way tie for first in the individual standings at the event with a 4-over par 220 score…became only the second player in school history to win an individual championship at an NCAA regional championship…Castren and Maria Salinas (2012 NCAA Central Regional) are the only two players in Florida State history to win a regional championship…Florida State's leading golfer in 26 of 43 events during her career including seven of 12 (.636 percent) during her junior season…one of eight players from the ACC and one of only 10 freshmen to earn All-American honors in 2014…earned All-ACC honors and was  voted as the runner-up for ACC Player of the Year honors in 2014…only the second freshman in school history to earn All-ACC honors…the ACC Golfer of the Month for February 2014…completed her freshman season as the second ranked golfer by stroke average in the ACC…has played in 35 of 37 events during the first four years of her career including four NCAA Regional Championships (at Tallahassee in 2014, at San Antonio in 2015, at Shoal Creek in 2016 and at Columbus in 2017)…won two individual championships as a freshman – the Florida State Match-Up and the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate…and added a third championship at the Jacksonville Classic during the fall of 2015 and her fourth and fifth came at the spring 2016 Florida Challenge and the spring 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship…her sixth career win came at the fall 2016 Jim West Challenge and her seventh came at the spring 2017 Clemson Invitational…named the National Golfer of the Week by GolfWeek.com on April 14, 2014 after winning the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate…sixth career individual championship came at the fall 2016 Jim West Chellenge…finished in the top-10 of a school record eight consecutive and in the top-10 of a school record nine total tournaments during her freshman season…tied the school record with a 65 in the second round in winning the fall 2016 Jim West Challenge…tied her career low for a single round with a 65 in the second round in winning the spring 2017 Clemson Invitational…totaled a career-best 134 for the first 36 holes of the Jim West Challenge in the fall of 2016…led the Seminoles with a 71.83 stroke average during her freshman season…an international player from Finland who has represented her country in the European Championships five times…a member of the Finnish National Team since 2009…the No. 1 ranked player in the Under 21 age group on Finnish rankings…helped lead Finland to a second place finish at the 2014 European Ladies Amateur Team Championship…earned a silver medal for her country in the event that was played in Slovenia…finished in ninth place in the 2014 International European Ladies Amateur Championship in Estonia…played for her home country of Finland in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship in Karuizawa, Japan…won the team championship at her home club in Finland in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014…finished in a tie for second place in the stroke play portion of the 2015 European Ladies Team Championship…helped lead Finland to the team championship of the B Flight in at the 2015 European Ladies Team Championship…finished in third place at the 2015 European Ladies Amateur Championships in Austria…finished in a tie for 37th place in the 2016 European Ladies Amateur Championship in Sweden…helped lead Finland to a third place finish in the Spirit International Amateur Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas during the fall of 2015…earned the Golden Nole Award for women's golf in both 2014 and 2017…the award presented to a member of each Seminole athletic team and represents significant contributions on the golf course, in the classroom and in the community…named to the 2015 and 2016 All-ACC Academic Women's Golf team…named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2015 and 2016…earned academic Dean's List honors in the spring of 2016 and the spring of 2017 at Florida State…averaged a program-record 72.52 strokes in 126 rounds during 44 events during her four-yer career as a Seminole...

Fall 2013: Florida State's leading golfer with a 72.56 stroke average in nine rounds during three tournaments...the sixth ranked golfer in the ACC during the fall 2013 season...the Seminoles' leading golfer in each of the three events she played in – the Lady Paladin Invitational (tied for eighth), the Schooner Fall Classic (tied for eighth) and the season opening Mo Morial Invitational (tied for 15th)...finished her first season with each of her nine rounds played at 75 or better and two played below par...her score of 69 in the third round of the Schooner Fall Classic was tied for the team's lowest round of the fall season...totaled the Seminoles' two lowest tournament scores of the fall – an even par 216 at the Lady Paladin Invitational and a 5-over par 215 at the Schooner Fall Classic...established season-low scores for a single round (69 in the third round of the Schooner Fall Classic), 36 holes (143 in the first two rounds of the Lady Paladin Invitational), tournament (216 in the Lady Paladin Invitational) and for individual finish (tied for eighth at the Lady Paladin and the Schooner Fall Classic)...finished with three of Florida State's six lowest tournament scores including the two lowest individual tournament scores of the fall season (215 at the Schooner Fall Classic and 216 at the Lady Paladin Invitational) ...earned two rounds scored at under par for the season – 1 under par 69 in the third round of the Schooner Fall Classic and 2 under par 70 in the second round of the Lady Paladin Invitational – the only Florida State player who finished with multiple rounds scored below par during the fall season...averaged 72.56 strokes in nine rounds during three tournaments.

Spring 2014: Earned All-American Second Team and All-ACC honors and was the runner-up for ACC Player and ACC Rookie of the Year honors as voted on by the league's head coaches...All-America Second Team by the Women's Golf Coaches Association and GolfWeek...was a cumulative total of one stroke under par for the entire spring season of her freshman season and finished four events including the NCAA East Regional Championship at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee under par...only the second freshman in school history to earn both All-American and All-ACC honors as a freshman...the second ranked golfer in the ACC with a 71.83 stroke average...finished in the top 10 of the individual standings in a school record eight consecutive events...tied for the ACC's best round of the 2013-14 fall and spring seasons with a 6-under par 66 at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate...her school record 204 score and school record 12 under par total in winning the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate were the lowest tournament scores of the 2013-14 fall and spring seasons by any golfer in the ACC...named the National Golfer of the Week by GolfWeek.com on April 14, 2014 after winning the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate...her eight ACC scores at 69 or below also led all ACC golfers...earned four wins over players ranked in the top 25, 25 wins over players ranked in the top 50 and 60 wins over players ranked in the nation's top 100 during her freshman season...ranked No. 17 nationally in the GolfStat Cup standings...named the ACC Golfer of the Month for the month of February...was Florida State's leading golfer in six of seven events during the spring season and in nine of the 10 events in which she played as a freshman...finished in a tie for second place in the individual standings (behind teammate and individual champion Alex Milan and tied with UCF's Fanny Cnops) of the spring season opening Florida Challenge...the Seminoles finished in second place in the team standings in the event...finished only one stroke behind Milan in the race for the team championship with scores of 72-71=143...earned the first individual title of her career at the Seminole-hosted Florida State Match-Up at Southwood Golf Course with a 10 under par total of 206...carded scores of 68-68-70 to finish under par in each of her three rounds played for the first of two times in her career...was in first place in the individual standings after her first round score of 68...remained in first place with a 68 and a 136 two round total and cemented her first victory with a 70 in the third round and a 206 total for the 54 hole tournament...earned the victory over Sarah Schmelzel of South Carolina by six strokes...finished in a tie for eighth place at the Lady Gator Invitational with an 8 over par score of 218...was in a tie for seventh after a first round 72, was in a tie for 11th place after a second round 73 and moved into eighth place in the final standings with a third round score of 73...was the only time during the spring season that she did not card a single round under par in any of her seven events...was in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings after two rounds of the Bryan National Collegiate with her first two round scores of 73-71 for a 36-hole total of 144...her highest scoring round of 79 during her freshman season came in the third round while playing in the harshest conditions of the season to move into a tie for ninth in the final individual standings...her 223 score for the 54 holes was her highest score of her freshman season...earned her second individual championship at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate with a school record score of 12 under par 204 (both are school records for low scores in a three round event)...carded all three scores in the 60's for the first time in her career including her career best single round score of 66 in the second round...took the lead in the first round with a 69, cemented her lead with a second round 66 and won the event going away with a third round with a 69 and a three round total of 204...she defeated All-ACC selection Juliet Vongphoumy of Maryland by four strokes to win the championship...her win at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate made her the first player since Caroline Westrup during the 2006-07 season to win two individual championships in the same school year...Westrup won the individual championships at the Tar Heel Invitational in the fall of 2006 and the Chrysler Challenge in the spring of 2007...finished in a tie for ninth place in her first career ACC Championship with a three round total of 221...was in first place in the individual standings after a first round score of 69 and was in second place in the individual standings after a second round score of 74 and a two round total 143...an uncharacteristic score of 78 in the third round left her with a 211 total and gave her a school record eighth consecutive top-10 win...finished in a tie for 18th place in the NCAA East Regional Championships at Southwood Golf Course in her final event of the season...began the event in a tie for ninth place with a 3 under par score of 69 in her first career NCAA round...moved into a tie for fourth place after a second round 72 and finished tied for 18th with her third round score of 74...finished the event with a 1 under par total of 215 – the fourth time during the spring season that she had finished a tournament below par...in two events played at Southwood Golf Course during her freshman she was a total of 11 strokes under par (minus 10 in the Florida State Match-Up and minus 1 at the NCAA East Regional Championship)....averaged a career-low and team leading 71.50 strokes in 20 rounds during seven tournaments.

Fall 2014: Played in three of Florida State's four matches during the season...represented her home country of Finland in the World Amateur Team Championships which kept her out of the Seminoles' line-up in the season opening Mo Morial Invitational...tied for third on the team with seven of nine rounds scored at 75 or better and four of nine rounds scored at par or better...carded her season-low score of 68 (two strokes off of her career low) in the second round of the Schooner Fall Invitational...low tournament score of 217 came at the Alamo Invitational and her best finish of tied for 22nd came at the Lady Paladin Invitational...enjoyed her best event of the fall season as she finished in a tie for 24th place at the season-ending Alamo Invitational with a 1-over par total of 224...earned scores of 75-71-71 with under par scores coming in the final two rounds of the season in the second and third rounds of the tournament...averaged 73.33 strokes in nine rounds during three tournaments.

Spring 2015: Enjoyed a strong season as she played in all seven of Florida State's events and led the team with a 73.15 stroke average...led the Seminoles with eight rounds scored at par and 15 rounds (of 20 she played) scored at 75 or better...a team leading three top-10 individual finishes to bring her total to 11...earned top-10 finishes at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate (second), the Florida Challenge (tied for fifth) and the Bryan National Collegiate (tied for eighth)...played two tournaments under par (Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate and the ACC Championships) to bring her career total of under par tournament finishes to six...played her best event of the season as she finished in second place in the individual standings at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate...scores of 69-67-74 allowed her to finish in second place and lead the Seminoles to a third place finish in the team standings...scores of 69-67 for her first 36 holes (136) was just one stroke from tying her career low for the first two rounds of a tournament in her Seminole career...at eight under par (after two rounds) she was one of only eight golfers who finished under par for the first two rounds and was one of only four golfers who carded sub-par scores in both of the first two rounds...completed the event with a score of 74 and her fourth individual finish of either first or second place...a tied for fifth placing in the individual standings came at the spring-season opening Florida Challenge...carded a 2-under par score of 70 in the second round to earn the fifth of her six career top-five individual finishes...an outstanding start to the ACC Championships with a 3-under par score of 69 in the first round...was in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings after the first round of play...scored her second under par round of the tournament – a 1-under par 71 – in the third round and finished in a tied for 11th in the individual standings...her individual finish helped the Seminoles finish in a tie for third place in the team standings marking their best finish at the ACC Championships since a third place finish in 2008...was her second career top-11 finish at the ACC Championships after placing in a tie for ninth place in 2014...earned her second career top 30 NCAA regional championships finish as she placed in a tie for 26th in the individual standings at the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional Championships...solid under par scores in the first and third rounds (70) allowed her to finish with the second best regional total of her career...she finished with a 1-over par score of 217 at San Antonio in 2015 after finishing with a 1-under par score of 215 at Tallahassee in 2014...for her career she has carded four of six regional scores at par or better and is a cumulative total of even par in two regional appearances...a top eight finish (tied for eighth) at the power-packed Bryan National Collegiate...second straight top 10 finish at the Bryan National after a tied for ninth place finish in 2014...averaged a team-leading 73.15 strokes in 20 rounds during seven tournaments.

Fall 2015:  Earned her third career individual championship with a victory at the Jacksonville Classic...the Seminoles' leading golfer with a 71.73 stroke average...also led Florida State with three top 10 finishes...finished at 1 under par for the season as she was 4 under par at the Schooner Fall Classic (tied for sixth), 4 under par at the Jacksonville Classic (first) and 4 under par at the Jim West Challenge (tied for third) as she earned three top 10 individual finishes in the Seminoles' four fall events...tied for the team lead with six rounds at par or better and second on the team with nine of 11 rounds scored at 75 or better...led the team with four scores carded in the 60's including her season low scores of 67 in the second round of the Schooner Fall Classic and in the second round of the Jim West Challenge...Florida State's leader in the individual standings in three of the Seminoles' four fall events...her third career victory came at the Jacksonville Classic as she led Florida State to the team championship...earned a one stroke victory over teammate Kim Metraux with a 4 under par total of 212 to claim the individual title...took over the individual lead in the Jacksonville Classic in the second round after finishing in a tie for fourth with a first round score of 69...moved into first place with a second round 68 and a 137 total for the first 36 holes...won the championship with a 212 total of the 54-hole event – a score which tied for the fourth best tournament score of her career...finished in a tie for third in the individual standings at the Jim West Challenge with a second consecutive three-round score of 212...moved up the leaderboard after finishing the first round in a tie for 17th place with a 1 over par score of 73...a second round score of 67 moved her into a tie for fifth and she finished with a third round score of 72 to earn the sixth top three finish of her career...Florida State defeated six teams ranked ahead of it in the national rankings in earning the second place team finish behind only No. 9 ranked Kent State...finished in a tied for sixth place in the season-opening Schooner Fall Classic...was in a tie for 12th place with a first round score of 71 and finished the rain shortened event in a tie for sixth place with a final round score of 67... averaged a team-leading 71.73 strokes in 11 rounds during four tournaments.

Spring 2016: Earned All-ACC honors (for the second time in her career) and All-NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championships honors as she finished in a tie for first place in the individual standings at the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championships…her tied for first place finish at the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship was her career best finish in three regional championship appearances…earned four top-10 finishes (tied for first at the Florida Challenge and the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship, tied for second at the Bryan National Collegiate and tied for eighth at the Florida State Match-Up) and finished out of the top 25 only twice in seven matches…her four top 10 finishes is tied for her second best total in a single season behind her six top-10 finishes during the spring of her freshman season…was under par (-3) in finishing in a tie for first in the individual standings at the spring season opening Florida Challenge…tied for the team lead with seven rounds scored at par or better including her season low round score of 69 in the first round of the Florida Challenge on Feb. 1, 2016…Florida State's leading finisher in four of eight events including three consecutive events (Bryan National Collegiate, ACC Championships, NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship) entering the NCAA Championship Finals…earned her first regional championship as she finished in a tie for first place at the Shoal Creek Regional Championships…scores of 74-71-75=220 earned her the second regional championship in school history…helped lead Florida State to a second place finish in the team standings in the event… was in a tie for seventh place after carding a 74 in the first round…moved into first place in the second round and was in a tie for first place with a two-round total of 145 after two rounds and 36 holes of play in the regional championship at the famed Shoal Creek Country Club…maintained her individual position at the top of the leaderboard with a third round score of 75 and a 4-over par total of 220…finished the event tied with Janet Mao of Northwestern and Marianne Li of California…with her 1-under par score of 71 in the second round, she was one of only three players in the three-round event to card at least one single round score at below par…helped Florida State finish in a  school-best second place in the team standings in championship…finished in a tie for first place with teammate Lydia Gumm and Florida teammates Taylor Tomlinson and Kelly Grassel at the spring season opening Florida Challenge…assumed the lead in the first round with Gumm as the pair carded identical 3-under par scores of 69…finished in a tie for second in the individual standings at the Bryan National Collegiate…opened the event with back-to-back scores of 71 for a 36-hole total of 142…was alone in first place and the Seminoles were in second place in the team standings after the first two rounds…tied her career low with a 79 in the third round to finish in a tie for second place in the individual standings while the Seminoles fell into third place in the final individual standings…finished in a tied for 61st place in the individual standings at the NCAA Championship Finals at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore….totaled scored of 75-73-73-76 for a four round total of 297…averaged a team-leading 73.64 strokes in 21 rounds during eight tournaments…

Summer 2016: Played for Finland in the European Ladies Amateur Team Championships…finished in a tie for 20th place in stroke play with scores of 72-76=148…helped lead Finland to a 2-1 record in Flight A match play… shot a 69 in the fourth round and finished in a tie for 37th place at the 2016 European Ladies Amateur Championship at Hooks Golf Club in Sweden…

Fall 2016: Enjoyed her best season with a career-low 70.17 stroke average in 12 rounds during four events…led the Seminoles to three team victories in four events (the Schooner Fall Classic, the Jim West Challenge and the Cardinal Cup)…finished the fall season under par in all four events and a total of 19 strokes under par…become Florida State's all-time leader in individual wins with six when she earned medalist honors in leading Florida State to the team championship at the Jim West Challenge…also became the Seminoles' all-time leader with 20 top-10 finishes for her career including two during the fall season (first in the Jim West Challenge and tied for second in the Cardinal Cup)…carded her career-low single round score of 65 in the second round of the Jim West Challenge…her score of 65 tied the school record held by Kim Metraux (in the Fall 2016 Schooner Fall Classic) and by Kris Tamulis (in the Spring 2003 ACC Championship)…personal record for 36 holes of 134 in the first two rounds of the Jim West Chellenge…career best total score (203) and score vs. par (-14) in winning the Jim West Challenge…Florida State's leading golfer in three events (Schooner Fall Classic, Jim West Challenge and the Cardinal Cup) to bring to 22 the number of times she has led the Seminoles on the leaderboard in an event…totaled scores of 69-65-69 for a three-round career-best total of 203 in winning the Jim West Challenge…led the event wire to wire to gain her sixth career win…had to scramble in the third and final round as a hard-charging Pimnipa Panthong of Kent State shot a 63 in the final round…Castren and Panthong were tied after 16holes of the final round…Castren birdied hole No 17 and earned a par on hole No. 18 to win the individual championship by one stroke…came within one stroke of winning her seventh career championship at the Cardinal Cup with scores of 75-72-68 for a three round total of 1-under par 215…fell short by only one stroke to Brooke Ferrell of Wisconsin who won the individual championship…totaled a career-high six single round scores in the 12 rounds she played…tied for the team lead with 10 rounds scored at par or better and led the Seminoles with all 12 of her rounds scored at par or better…all 12 of her scores were counted in the Seminoles' team score during the fall season…led the team with a career-low 70.17 stroke average in 12 rounds during four tournaments…

2016 World Championships: Finished in a tie for 65th place in the individual standings and helped Finland finish in a tie for 32nd place in the team standings at the World Amateur Team Championships in Riviera Maya, Mexico…totaled scores of 74-80-77-73 for a four round total of 304…was the second leading golfer for the Finnish team at the WATC…

Spring 2017 vs. Florida: Defeated Karolina Vickova of Florida, 4&3, in a match play event won by Florida State at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee on April 7, 2017...the event was played at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla...No. 3 Florida State defeated No. 6 Florida by a 3-2 margin…

Spring 2017 vs. Duke: Halved her match with Duke's Loena Maguire at the Northwestern Quad Match at Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill., on April 29, 2017…the No. 9 Blue Devils defeated the No. 5 Seminoles, 4-1…

Spring 2017: Earned All-American Honorable Mention Honors By The Women's Golf Coach Association...became the Seminoles' all-time leader with seven individual victories with her individual championship at the Clemson Invitational…finished under par in three of eight events – nine under par in winning the Clemson Invitational, six under par in finishing in a tie for fifth place in the Florida State Match-Up and five under in finishing in fifth place at the Notre Dame Clover Cup…finished in the top 11 in five of the Seminoles' eight events…led Florida State to victories in the Florida State Match-Up, Dickson Intercollegiate and the Clemson Invitational…the Seminoles have won three events this fall and a school record six events this year entering the NCAA regional championships…Florida State's leader in three of eight events to bring her total to a program leading 25 times (in 44 career events) that she has been the Seminoles' leader in the individual standings of a given event…tied her career best for a single round with a 7 under par 65 in earning medalist honors at the Clemson Invitational…marked the second time in her career (and the fifth time in school history) that a player had carded a score of 65 or better…season-best three–round tournament score of 207 came in leading the Seminoles to the team championship at the Clemson Invitational…her 207 was the third lowest tournament score of her career…has totaled a team-leading four scores in the 60's – her career-low score of 65 in the second round of the Clemson Invitational, a score of 67 in the third round of the Florida State Match-Up and scores of 69 in the first round of the Florida State Match-Up and in the second round of the Notre Dame Clover Cup – to bring her career total of rounds scored in the 60's to a school record 27…Florida State's leader in scores at par or better (12) and tied for the team lead with 16 scores at 75 or better…tied for the team lead with four top-10 finishes to bring her career total to a school record 24 top-10 finishes…program-leading seventh win of her career (and first of the spring 2017 spring season) came at the Second Annual Clemson Invitational…rallied to win the event in the third round with a 2-under par score of 70 to earn a two stroke victory over Maria Torres of Florida…was in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings after posting a first round score of 72, moved into a tie for second after two rounds with a career-low tying 65 and win the event in the third round as she totaled a 2 under par score of 70…was the most individual positions she made up in the individual standings to win a tournament in her seven career victories…a fourth place finish in the Florida Challenge, a fifth place finish in the Notre Dame Clover Cup and a tied for fifth place finish in the Florida State Match-Up gave her four top five finishes this season…was 6 under par in finishing in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings at the Florida State Match-Up…tied for third in the individual standings with a 3 under par score of 69, tied for 11th with a second round score of 74 and a 36-hole total of 143 and moved into a final standing of tied for fifth with a 5 under par score of 67 in the third round…her score of 67 in the final round in the Seminoles win the team and match-up (with Texas A&M) championships of their home tournament…a fifth place finish at the Notre Dame Clover Cup with three scores at or below par (70-69-72)...marked the fourth time in her career that she has finished an event with three scores at par or better…in the top 10 of the individual standings throughout the event…tied for ninth with a first round score of 70, moved into a tie for third place with a second round 69 and finished in fifth place with an even par 72 in the third round and a three round total of 211…the only event of the season during which she was in the top 10 of the individual standings throughout the entire 54-hole event…finished in a tied for fourth place at the spring season opening Florida Challenge…marked the fourth top-five finish in the Florida Challenge during her career…she finished in a tie for first in 2016, tied for second in 2014, tied for fourth in 2017 and tied for fifth in 2015…earned her third career top-11 ACC Championship individual finish (she finished tied for 11th place in both 2015 and 2017 and in a tie for ninth in 2014) with scores of 73-71-73…her second round score of 71 moved he into a tied for seventh place in the individual standings…averaged a team-leading 73.06 strokes in 23 rounds during eight events.

Before Florida State: Graduated from Haukilahden Urheilulukio (Haukilahti Sports High School) in 2013...the No. 1 ranked player in the Under 21 age group on the Finnish Rankings in 2012...won the individual championship of the Skandia Open and finished in second place at the Portuguese Ladies Amateur in 2013...helped her home club win the title of best club team in Finland in 2013...earned medalist honors at the Under 18 Doral-Publix Tournament in 2011...finished in first place in the individual standings of the Finnish Tour Ladies Open series and won the individual championship at the Finnish Tour Ladies Open Championship in 2010...finished in second place in the individual standings at the Under 16 Finnish Stroke Play Championships...earned first place finishes in the Under 21 Dutch Junior Masters, the Under 21 Finnair Junior Tour Tournament and played on the Finnish Team Championship title team in 2009.

Personal: Born January 18, 1995...Matilda is the daughter of Anne and Petri Castren...was born in New York City...also lived in Connecticut and Dallas, Texas for two years before she moved back to Finland with her family...her father was employed by a Finnish bank while working in the United States...her mom is a school teacher and her dad is a businessman in Finland...introduced to the game by her parents and played in her first competitive tournament at age 10...during her free time she enjoys listening to music, shopping and spending time with friends...chose Florida State over Oregon, South Carolina and Louisiana State...major is international affairs...

On The Golf Course With Matilda Castren:  I don't have any "heroes" but I admire Michelle Wie and Minea Blomqvist, a top Finnish golfer.: My favorite golf movie is Happy Gilmore.: My favorite golf course is in Paris, France and is called Le National Golf Club.: My next hole in one will be my first hole in one. : My favorite thing about golf is that you can never be good enough; you can practice in so many ways, hit different shots and play different courses.  The sport of golf never gets boring.:  I played a variety of sports when I was younger, including tennis, badminton, horseback riding and swimming but I was always the best at golf. My favorite thing to do in the FSU golf can while travelling to play in a tournament is listening to music and watching movies.: I have received a lot of advice.  Among the best are: Not to pay attention to your scores while you're on the course because your score doesn't matter at that moment; Always try your best and if that isn't enough there's nothing else you can do; Everyone will always make mistakes in every single round; When you don't put pressure or expectations on yourself you can execute your best shots so free your mind and enjoy the moment of playing.

What's In Matilda's Bag: Driver: Titleist 913 D2 Wood: 3W Hybrid: Hybrid 19 degree and Hybrid 21 degree Titleist Irons: Nike Vapor Pro Combo  Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design 52, 56, 60 degree  Putter: Ping  Ball: Titleist ProV1x Glove: Nike  Favorite Club: 60 9 iron 

 

Fall 2013

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Mo Morial Invitational 75-74-73 +6 222 T15
Lady Paladin Invitational 73-70-73 E 216 T8
Schooner Fall Classic 74-72-69 +5 215 T8

 

Spring 2014

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Florida Challenge 72-71 -1 143 T2
Florida State Match-Up 68-68-70 -10 206 1
Lady Gator Invitational 72-73-73 +8 218 T8
Bryan National Collegiate 73-71-79 +7 223 T9
Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate 69-66-69 -12 204 1
ACC Championships 69-74-78 +8 221 T9
NCAA East Regional Championships 69-72-74 -1 215 T18

 

Fall 2014

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Lady Paladin Invitational 75-72-77 +8 224 T22
Schooner Fall Classic 77-68-74 +9 219 T61
Alamo Invitational 75-71-71 +1 217 T24

 

Spring 2015

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Florida Challenge 78-70 +4 148 T5
Florida State Match-Up 73-77-75 +9 225 T23
Gator Women's Invitational 75-79-71 +15 225 T18
Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate 69-67-74 -6 210 2
Bryan National Collegiate 74-74-75 +7 223 T8
ACC Championships 69-75-71 -1 215 T11
NCAA San Antonio Regional Championships 70-77-70 +1  217  T26 

 

Fall 2015

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Schooner Fall Classic 71-67 -4 138 T6
Jacksonville Classic 69-68-75 -4 212 1
Jim West Challenge 73-67-72 -4 212 T3
Cardinal Cup 74-74-79 +11  227  28

 

Spring 2016

Tournament 1-2-3-4 Par Total Finish
Florida Challenge 69-72 -3 141 T1
Florida State Match-Up 74-74-71 +3 219 T8
3M Lady Jaguar Invitational 73-WD-WD WD WD WD
Briar's Creek Invitational 71-76-78 +9 225 T54
Bryan National Collegiate 71-71-79 +5 221 T2
ACC Championships 73-76-75 +8 224 T24
NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championships 74-71-75 +4 220 T1
NCAA Championship Finals 75-73-73-76 +9 297 T61

 

Fall 2016

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Schooner Fall Classic 68-71-73 -1 212 T12
Cougar Fall Classic 68-73-71 -4 212 T11
Jim West Challenge 69-65-69 -13 203 1
Cardinal Cup 75-72-68 -1 215 2

 

Spring 2017

Tournament 1-2-3 Par Total Finish
Florida Challenge 74-72 +2 144 T4
Florida State Match-Up 69-74-67 -6 210 T5
The Dickson Intercollegiate 70-72-78 +4 220 T24
Notre Dame Clover Cup 70-69-72 -5 211 5
Clemson Invitational 72-65-70 -9 207 1
ACC Championships 73-71-72 E 216 T11
NCAA Columbus Regional Championships 80-75-76 +15 231 T43
NCAA Championship Finals 84-75-79 +23 239 T85

 

Matilda Castren By The Numbers

  • Round 65 (Jim West Challenge, Fall 2016) (Clemson Invitational, Spring 2017)
  • 36 Holes: 134 (Jim West Challenge, Fall 2016)
  • Tournament: 203 (Jim West Challenge, Fall 2016)
  • Tournament Score vs. par: -13 (Jim West Challenge, Fall 2016)
  • Best Finish: 1 (Seven Times) (Florida State Match-Up, Spring, 2014) (Web.com/Marsh Landing Invitational, Spring 2014) (Jacksonville Classic, Fall 2015) (Florida Challenge, Spring 2016) (Shoal Creek Regional Championship, Spring 2016) (Jim West Challenge, Fall 2016) (Clemson Invitational, Spring 2017)
  • Top 5 Finishes: 16 (Last 5, Clover Cup, Spring 2017)
  • Top 10 Finishes: 24 (Last: T8, Florida State Match-Up, Spring 2016)
  • Top 15 Finishes: 29 (Last: T11, ACC Championships, Spring 2017)
  • Top 20 Finishes: 31 (Last: Gator Women's Invitational, Spring 2015)

Matilda Castren as Florida State's Leader

  • Fall 2013 Mo Morial Invitational (T15)
  • Fall 2013 Lady Paladin Invitational (T8)
  • Fall 2013 Schooner Fall Classic (8)
  • Spring 2014 Florida State Match-Up (1)
  • Spring 2014 Lady Gator Invitational (T8)
  • Spring 2014 Bryan National Collegiate (T9)
  • Spring 2014 Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate (1)
  • Spring 2014 ACC Championship (T9)
  • Spring 2014 NCAA East Regional Championship (T18)
  • Spring 2015 Florida Challenge (T5)
  • Spring 2015 Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate (2)
  • Spring 2015 Bryan National Collegiate (T8)
  • Fall 2015 Schooner Fall Calssic (T6)
  • Fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic (1)
  • Fall 2015 Jim West Challenge (T3)
  • Spring 2016 Florida Challenge (T1)
  • Spring 2016 Bryan National Collegiate (T2)
  • Spring 2016 ACC Championships (T24)
  • Spring 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship (T1)
  • Fall 2016 Cougar Fall Classic (T11)
  • Fall 2016 Jim West Challenge (1)
  • Fall 2016 Cardinal Cup (2)
  • Spring 2017 Florida Challenge (T4)
  • Spring 2017 Notre Dame Clover Cup (5)
  • Spring 2017 Clemson Invitational

Matilda Castren's Victories At Florida State

  • Spring 2014 Florida State Match-Up
  • Spring 2014 Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate
  • Fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic
  • Spring 2016 Florida Challenge
  • Spring 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship
  • Fall 2016 Jim West Challenge
  • Spring 2017 Clemson Invitational

Matilda Castren's Eagles During Her Florida State Career

  • Spring 2014 ACC Championship, Third Round, Hole No. 15, April 19, 2014
  • Spring 2017 Clover Cup, Second Round, Hole No. 9, March 18, 2017

Matilda Castren's Best Rounds At Florida State

  • First Round: 65 (Jim West Challenge, Fall 2016)
  • Second Round: 65 (Clemson Invitational, Spring 2017)
  • Third Round: 67 (Florida State Match-Up, Spring 2017)

 

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