April 7, 2014
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State University women's golf team is in first place in the team standings, and Seminole freshman Matilda Castren is in first place in the individual standings after two rounds of the 2nd Annual Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate at the Marsh Landing Country Club. The Seminoles begin play in Tuesday's final round looking for their first team championship since winning the Bryan National Collegiate during the spring of 2010, while Castren will play for her second career individual championship after winning the Florida State Match-Up title in February of 2014.
Castren carded scores of 69 and 66 for a 36-hole total of 135. Her score of 66 in the second round is the best 18 hole score of her Florida State career and came within one of tying Kristin Tamulis' single round school record score of 65 in the ACC Championship during the spring of 2003. Her two round total of 135 also marks the best 36-hole score of her career.
Florida State played its two best team rounds vs. par of the year with an 8 under par 280 in the second round and an even par 288 in the first round. The Seminoles' 36-hole total of 8 under par 576 is their best two round total of the season.
Florida State holds a seven stroke lead over East Carolina and has a nine stroke advantage over Chattanooga with 18 holes remaining to be played.. Castren, who carded 15 birdies in 36 holes during the first two rounds on Monday, holds a two stroke lead over Jordan Britt of Chattanooga and Juliet Vongphoumy of Maryland in the individual standings.
"The girls put together two really good rounds of golf today," said head coach Amy Bond. "I was really proud of their play in the second round because it's never easy to come back and improve in the second of two rounds in one day. Playing two solid rounds in a single day is another step forward for our team and I am very pleased with that fact."
Castren (Espoo, Finland) continued her torrid freshman season as she was under par in both rounds and is 9 under par heading into the final round. She carded a career-high seven birdies in both of the first two rounds to arrive at her near school-record tying score. Castren was 6 under par over her final 14 holes of the first round and was never above par during the second round. She was as many as 3 strokes under par in the first round and as many as 6 strokes under par in the second round.
"My short irons were really good today; I hit the ball close to the pin and made a lot of putts," said Castren. "I didn't start the day off very well but I stayed calm and confident even after the bogeys and was able to bounce back and post a low round. The team played very well today and I am proud of all of my teammates."
Castren, who entered the tournament ranked 18th nationally, has now carded a team-leading five scores in the 60's and is averaging 71.73 strokes in 22 rounds this year. She carded back-to back scores in the 60's for the second time this season (she carded back to back scores of 68 in the first and second rounds in winning the Florida State Match-Up) and she is a total of minus 5 strokes under par in 13 rounds during the spring season.
"Matilda really got it going after her first four holes," said Bond. "The course sets up very well for her and I am looking forward to watching her play tomorrow."
Junior Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) is in sixth place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 140. She carded a 71 in the first round and a career-best single round score of 69 in the second round. Milan totaled five birdies in the second round after earning four in the first round. She closed both of her rounds well on Monday with two birdies on the final three holes in the first round and two birdies on her final eight holes in the second round.
Milan was a total of 3 strokes under par combined on the back nine portions of her first and second rounds with five birdies and 13 of 16 holes played a par or better. She was never more than 1 stroke over par during any of the 36 holes and two rounds she played on Monday.
Milan carded career best scores of 69 the second round and totaled a 36-hole career best score of 140 on the day.
Junior Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) is in a tie for 24th place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 145 as she carded scores of even par 72 and 1 over par 73 in the first two rounds She totaled five birdies during the long day of play. Junior Carlton Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla.) carded an even par score of 72 in the second round and is an a tie for 53rd place heading into the final round.
Freshman Anna Sophia Böhmer (Cali, Colombia), who is playing as an individual in the event, is in a tie for 20th place in the individual standings with a 36-hole total of 144. She carded a career best score of 69 in the first round.
The 19-team field will tee off beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the final round. The Seminoles will play with East Carolina and Chattanooga in the final round. The Web.com/Marsh Landing Invitational is the Seminoles' final event of the regular season; thy will play in the 26th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. April 17-19.
Florida State will play host to the NCAA East Regional Championship as part of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship May 8-10, 2014 at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee.
2nd Annual Web.com-Marsh Landing Intercollegite/April 7-8, 2014 Marsh Landing Golf Club/Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Second Round Florida State Results 1/19. Florida State 288 280 568 1. Matilda Castren 69 66 135 6. Alex Milan 71 69 140 T24. Laure Castelain 72 73 145 T46. Lydia Gumm 76 74 150 T53. Carlton Kuhlo 79 72 151 T20. Anna Sophia Böhmer 69 75 144 * *playing as an individual
2nd Annual Web.com-Marsh Landing Intercollegiate/April 7-8, 2014 Marsh Landing Golf Club/Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Second Round Team Results 1. Florida State 568 11. McNeese State 593 2. East Carolina 575 12. Missouri 593 3. Chattanooga 577 13. Illinois 597 T4. Minnesota 580 14. Jacksonville 600 T4. UCF 580 15. FIU 601 6. Ohio State 582 16. Sam Houston State 603 7. Maryland 585 17. Michigan 605 8. North Florida 587 T18. James Madison 614 9. Louisville 589 T18. Cincinnati 614 10. Toledo 590