Junior shoots career best 69 in first round of event.
Women's golf team has enjoyed strong fall season.
Castren tops Seminoles' leaderboard for third consecutive event.
Castern in a tie for 9th in indivudual standings.
Florida State in fourth in team standings after one round.
On Castren: Will immediately compete for a spot in Florida State's line-up...an exceedingly experienced player who will bring that experience to the Seminoles' line-up in her first season as a member of the team...an international player from Finland who has represented her country in the European Championships three times....a member of the Finnish National Team since 2009... the No. 1 ranked player in the Under 21 age group on Finnish rankings...won the team championship at her home club in Finland in 2009, 2010 and 2013...
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 Invitational (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...her scores of 69 in the third round of the Schooner Fall Classic and 70 in the second round of the Lady Paladin Invitational rank as the two lowest scores of her first season as a Seminole...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 Invitational...established career 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...
Before Florida State: Graduated from Haukilahden Urheiulukio (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 with 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 Tourn 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 Finish 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 when she moved back to Finland with her family...her mom is a school teacher and her dad is a businessman in Finland...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...
Castren at Florida State
Matilda Castren By The Numbers
Matilda Castren as Florida State's Leader