Jan. 27, 2014
LECANTO, Fla. - The Florida State women's golf team finished in second place in the team standings and junior Alex Milan earned the first individual title of her collegiate career at the Second Annual Florida Challenge on the Quarry Course at the Black Diamond Golf Club. The Seminoles finished two strokes behind UCF in the race for the team championship but led the event with three players -- Milan, 1st, freshman Matilda Castren, tied for 2nd and freshman Anna Sophia Böhmer, tied for 5th - in the top five of the individual standings.
"This is a great way to start the spring season," said Seminole head coach Amy Bond. "The girls played really well but unfortunately we came up two strokes short of a team championship. I am very proud of the way each of the girls battled today. We still have some things to work on but overall this was a great tournament."
The Seminoles finished seven strokes ahead of ACC foe Miami and 11 strokes ahead of Florida.
Milan (Lutz, Fla.) played the best tournament of her career as she tied her career best for a single round score (70 in the second round), set a personal best for 36 hole score (142) and earned the best finish and first tournament title of her 19-event Seminole career. She carded scores of 72-70 in the 36-hole event which served as the first tournament of the season for the Big 6 women's golf teams in the state of Florida.
"It was amazing to see all the little things I have been working on come together today," said Milan. "Winning is a habit and I hope the entire team takes hold of all the good play today."
Castren (Espoo, Finland) earned the best individual finish of her career as she carded scores of 72-71 for a 143 total and finished in a tie for second place in the individual standings. She came within two strokes of tying her career best score for a single round and tied her career best for 36 holes. Castren's tied for second place finish marked her third consecutive top-10 finish after a pair of eighth place finishes at the Lady Paladin Invitational and the Schooner Fall Classic to close the spring season.
Freshman Lydia Gumm finished in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings as she established a bevy of individual career bests. She set personal records for lowest single round score (72 in the first round) and lowest 36-hole score (143) while earning her best career finish and first top 15 individual placing (tied for 11th).
The Seminoles will play host to the Second Annual Florida State Match-Up Tournament at Southwood Golf Course Feb. 14-16. The Seminoles will also play host the NCAA East Regional Championship at Southwood May 8-10, 2014.
Second Annual Florida Challenge/January 27, 2014/Par 72 Black Diamond Golf Course/Lecanto, Fla./Final Individual Results 2/5. Florida State 292 292 584 1. Alex Milan 72 70 142 * T2. Matilda Castren 72 71 143 T5. Anna Sophia Böhmer 73 72 145 T11. Lydia Gumm 72 76 148 T17. Carlton Kuhlo 75 75 150 T17 Laure Castelain 76 74 150 *played as an individual
Second Annual Florida Challenge/January 27, 2014/Par 72 Black Diamond Golf Course/Lecanto, Fla./Final Team Results 1. UCF 288 294 582 2. Florida State 292 292 584 3. Miami 294 297 591 4. Florida 296 297 593 5. Florida International 307 297 604 6. South Florida 318 313 631