March 28, 2014
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. (seminoles.com) - Matilda Castren, Alex Milan and Lydia Gumm are tied for 10th in the individual standings and the Florida State women's golf team is in third place in the team standings after the first round of the Bryan National Collegiate on the Champions Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center. The three Seminoles are within three stokes of the individual lead and Florida State is only three strokes behind Duke in the team standings.
No. 3 Duke leads the team standings with a two stroke lead over No. 22 Michigan State and No. 39 Florida State. The Blue Devils, who have won the team title in this event a record seven times, has two players in the top six and three players in the top 30 of the individual standings with two rounds and 54 holes remaining to be played. Laetitia Beck of Duke, Kelly Grassel of Michigan State and Portland Rosen of Virginia are tied for first in the individual standings with identical scores of 2 under par 70.
Florida State is in second place among the eight ACC teams in the field and is ahead of 10 teams ranked ahead of it in the national rankings by GolfStat including No. 8 South Carolina (tied for eighth), No. 13 Clemson (tied for eighth), No. 17 Northwestern (16th), No. 18 Florida tied for fifth), No. 19 Wake Forest (tied for 14th) and No. 23 NC State (tied for 12th).
"The girls did a good job of handling the elements, taking what the golf course gave them and playing very patiently today," said head coach Amy Bond. "We took a step forward as they competed well in tough conditions and against a tough field of teams. Moving forward in this event each player needs to stay within themselves and focus on their individual games. I am happy that we have continued to learn to play under adverse conditions."
Castren (Espoo, Finland) has put herself in contention for her sixth consecutive top 10 finish with a 1 over par score of 73 in the first round. She was virtually error free despite the cold weather as she carded 15 holes at par or better including four birdies. She was a many as one stroke under par during the round and finished her final six holes at 1 under par with two birdies.
Castren's round of 73 ran her streak of rounds scored at 73 or better to 11 consecutive - she has not carded a score higher than 73 since the first round of the Schooner Fall Classic at the University of Oklahoma on October 5. Only three of the first 18 rounds of her collegiate career have been scored above 73. Castren has a stroke average of 71.00 since her streak began with a 72 in the second round of the Schooner Fall Classic.
Junior Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) continued her string season as she, too, carded a 1 over par 73. She was very consistent in her first round of play with 14 holes scored at par or better with three birdies. After a bogey on her first hole, the third-year Seminole played even par golf for the remainder of the round.
Milan is playing the most confident golf of her career and is averaging a career-low 74.57 strokes in 21 rounds during eight events this year. She has carded six consecutive and eight of nine rounds this spring at 75 or better.
Freshman Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) continued to play well as she also carded a 1 over par score of 73. She played as consistently as she has all season long with 15 holes at par or better with two birdies. Gumm carded back-to-back birdies on holes No. nine and 10 and was 1 under par over her final 14 holes of the round. She carded a strong of six consecutive holes scored at par on the front nine and four consecutive even par holes on the back nine.
Because of the colder than expected weather, the 18-team field will tee off together in a shotgun start for the remaining two days of the event (as they did in Friday's first round). The Seminoles will play with Duke and Michigan State and tee off as the first wave from holes one, two and three beginning at 8:30 on Saturday morning.
Bryan National Collegiate/March 28-30, 2014 Bryan Park Champions Course/Browns Summit, N.C./First Round Florida State Results 3/18. Florida State 294 T10. Matilda Castren 73 T10. Alex Milan 73 T10. Lydia Gumm 73 T34. Anna Sophia Böhmer 76 T92. Carlton Kuhlo 85
Bryan National Collegiate/March 28-30, 2014 Bryan Park Champions Course/Browns Summit, N.C./First Round Team Results 1. Duke 292 T8. South Carolina 302 2. Michigan State 294 T8. Ohio State 302 3. Florida State 295 T12. Tennessee 303 4. Louisville 297 T12. NC State 303 T5. Clemson 300 T14. Wake Forest 305 T5. Florida 300 T14. UNC Wilmington 305 T5. Penn State 300 16. Northwestern 306 T8. Virginia 302 17. College of Charleston 316 T8. North Carolina 302 18. UNC Greensboro 325