March 29, 2014
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's golf team is in second place in the team standings, and Seminole freshman Matilda Castren is in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings with one round remaining in the Bryan National Collegiate on the Champions Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center. The Seminoles begin play in Sunday's third round only six strokes behind Duke in the race for the team championship while Castren is two strokes behind the individual leader.
Third ranked Duke, with three players in the top 15 of the individual standings, held its first-place position on the team leaderboard. The Blue Devils are three strokes ahead of Florida State and nine strokes ahead of Ohio State. Duke increased its lead to three strokes in the second round and leads the 39th-ranked Seminoles entering the final set of 18 holes which will be played on Sunday. The Seminoles are three strokes ahead of Ohio State. Sierra Sims of Wake Forest has carded back to back scores of 71 and leads the individual standings with a two day total of 142. She has a one stroke lead over four players and a two stroke lead over two more players including Florida State's Castren.
The second round was played in a very light ran throughout most of the round. A front brought a period of about 20 minutes of sold heavier rain during the end of the round.
"We took another step forward today," said head coach Amy Bond. "The girls did a great job of battling and being patient again today. The goal in every tournament is to put ourselves in position to win and this week they have done that. Each of our players is learning and gaining confidence in themselves and each other and that is all I can ask for."
Castren (Espoo, Finland) was her usual consistent self as she played her first 10 holes of the round at even par, and birdied three of the next five to move to 3 under par after 15 holes. She uncharacteristically scored bogeys on holes No. 16 and 17 and closed her round with a par on hole No. 18. Castren led the Seminoles with three birdies in the second round and has a team-leading seven birdies in the first two rounds of the tournament.
Castren enters the final round of the tournament in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings. She is looking to earn her sixth consecutive top 10 finish since a tied for eighth place standing at the Lady Paladin Invitational during the fall season. Castren has finished lower than eighth only once in the first six events of her Seminole career.
"I feel that I have putted well in the first two days of the tournament," said Castren. "I have made a lot of par saves which is important on this course. My long game was a little better today than it was yesterday. I'm hoping that will continue to improve for tomorrow."
Junior Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) is in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 145. She carded an even par score of 72 in the second round - a round that included 16 holes scored at par or better and two birdies. Milan was at even par after 10 holes, was 1 under par after 16 holes and finished at even par. She carded two brides in the second round to bring her tournament total to five after finishing the first round with three birdies.
Milan has now carded three of 10 rounds this spring at par or better with her career best score of 70 coming in the second round of the Florida Challenge. Milan, who won the individual championship at the Florida Challenge, has earned two career top-10 finishes with both coming at the Florida Challenge (first in the spring of 2014 and tied for third in the spring of 2013).
Freshman Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) carded a 3 over par score of 75 and is in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings with a two round total of 148. Her total of 148 has tied her career best score for 36 holes; she also carded a 148 in the first two rounds of the Florida Challenge earlier this spring. Gumm added to her birdie total of the tournament with one in in the second round and now has a total of three over the first 36 holes.
Gumm is looking to earn the second top-25 finish of her career as she plays in Sunday's third round. She finished in a career-best tied for 11th place in the individual standings at the Florida Challenge in January of 2014.
Junior Carlton Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla.) was the fourth Seminole to finish with a score of 75 or better in the third round. She carded two birdies and 12 holes at par in improving her score by 10 strokes as compared to her score in Friday's first round.
Florida State will work to gain its first team championship since winning the Bryan National Collegiate during the spring of 2010 - the same event on the same course. The Seminoles will play with Duke and Ohio State as the teams will play from a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 on Sunday morning.
Bryan National Collegiate/March 28-30, 2014 Bryan Park Champions Course/Browns Summit, N.C./Second Round Florida State Results 2/18. Florida State 295 293 588 T6. Matilda Castren 73 71 144 T8. Alex Milan 73 72 145 T23. Lydia Gumm 73 75 148 T64. Anna Sophia Böhmer 76 74 155 T89. Carlton Kuhlo 85 75 160
Bryan National Collegiate/March 28-30, 2014 Bryan Park Champions Course/Browns Summit, N.C./Second Round Team Results 1. Duke 582 T10. Virginia 600 2. Florida State 588 T10. NC State 600 3. Ohio State 591 12. Clemson 603 4. Louisville 593 13. North Carolina 605 T5. Wake Forest 595 14. Northwestern 606 T5. South Carolina 595 15. Tennessee 608 T7. Michigan State 597 16. UNC Wilmington 611 T7. Penn State 597 17. College of Charleston 615 9. Florida 598 18. UNC Greensboro 663