April 8, 2014
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State won the team championship and freshman Matilda Castren won the individual championship of the 2nd Annual Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate at the Marsh Landing Country Club. The Seminoles set a school record for margin of victory (+24 strokes) while Castren set school records for lowest three round tournament score (204) and most strokes under par in a three round tournament (-12).
Florida State's team victory marked its first since the spring of 2010 when it won the Bryan National Collegiate. The Seminoles win three events during the 2010 season - the Kentucky Wildcat Invitational, the Pinehurst Challenge and the Bryan National Collegiate.
Castren's victory - her second of the season after winning the individual championship at the Florida State Match-Up in February - makes her the first player since Caroline Westrup during the 2006-07 season to win two individual championships in the same school year. Westrup won the individual championships at the Tar Heel Invitational in the fall of 2006 and of the Chrysler Challenge in the spring of 2007.
The team win was also the first for Amy Bond as Florida State's head coach. She led Princeton to eight tournament championships in her four seasons with the Tigers with her most recent coming at the Roar-EE Invitational during the spring of 2009.
Florida State, which entered the event ranked 35th nationally by GolfStat, defeated two top-25 teams with wins over No. 17 UCF (fourth place, 31 strokes behind the Seminoles) and No. 24 Ohio State (third place, 26 strokes behind the Seminoles.
"I am extremely happy with the way the girls handled the tournament from start to finish," said Bond. "We had some nasty weather this morning and they all stuck to their game plans which I was very proud about. Each of the six girls played a huge role in the team's success this week by taking care of their business individually. Our biggest focus this year has been improving from 100 yards and in and we continued to show improvement in that area. We hit our wedges well and made our putts. The hard work in practice is paying off and is something we can continue to build on."
Castren (Espoo, Finland) began the day in first place and immediately began the process of holding onto her lofty position and winning the championship. She birdied her third holes of the day to move under par and stayed there for virtually the entire round. Castren carded four birdies (two on each side of the course) and was as many as three strokes under par during the round. She played her final 14 holes of the round at 3 under par with three birdies and 11 more holes scored at par.
"Wow," said Bond. "What a performance."
For the 54-hole tournament, Castren carded 14 birdies and 46 holes scored at par or better. She was not over par at any time during the second or third rounds and was never more than 1 stroke over par during the event. Castren never carded over par scores on consecutive holes and did not score any of the 54 holes she played over a bogey.
"Every player on our team played great today," said Castren. "We stayed in the moment and did not lose focus during the entire round. This win definitely gives us confidence heading into the ACC Championships which is exactly what we needed from this tournament. It was great to win and to see all of the hard work we have put in at practice producing the results we are practicing and playing for."
Junior Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) continue to play outstanding golf as she carded a career-low score of 68 in the third round and finished in a tie for second place in the individual standings. She carded under par scores of 71-69-68 in each of the three rounds, finished with a below par tournament score for the second time in her career and earned the second highest individual finish of her career. Milan has now earned three top-10 finishes with two of them (first at the 2014 Florida Challenge and tied for second at the 2014 Marsh Landing Intercollegiate) coming this spring. She has finished in the top 25 of each of her five events this spring.
Milan played the best round of her career in the third round as she finished with a 4 under par score of 68. Her 68 allowed her to finish with a career-best three round tournament score of 208. She also established her career best 36 hole score of 140 in the first two rounds of the event. She, too, was on fire throughout the round with a career-high six birdies including consecutive birdies on holes 11, 12 and 13. Her third straight birdie on hole No. 15 brought her score to 5 under par. Milan earned a birdie on her second hole of the day to go under par where she was for all but four holes during her career-best round.
"I made a lot of really good putts this week and fought hard to keep my momentum moving forward this week," said Milan. "I am very proud of all of my teammates and I know we are all looking forward to our continued preparation and playing in next week's ACC Championship."
Junior Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) finished in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings - her third top-20 finish in four events this spring. She closed the event with a one over par 73 in the third round and a 2 over par score of 218 for the event. Castelain was very consistent during the round with one birdie and 16 holes scored at par or better. Castelain played her final 16 holes of the round at par. With one birdie, one bogey and 14 holes scored at par.
Freshman Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) enjoyed the best tournament of her career as she finished in a tie for 35th place with a three round total of 223. She established career best scores for a single round (71 in the third round) and a three round tournament scored (221). Junior Carlton Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla.), who carded a 72 in the second round of the event, finished with a three round total of 227 - her third best score of the spring season.
Freshman Anna Sophia Böhmer (Cali, Colombia) finished tied for sixth in the individual standings to earn her second top 10 finish of the spring season. She finished in a tie for fifth in the individual standings at the spring season-opening Florida Challenge. Böhmer established career bests for second round score (69 in the first round), 36-hole total (144 in the first two rounds) and three round tournament score (215) in this event.
Florida State begins its April Madness of postseason play as it travels to play in the 26th Annual ACC 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 Intercollegiate/April 7-8, 2014 Marsh Landing Golf Club/Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Final Florida State Results 1/19. Florida State 288 280 283 851 1. Matilda Castren 69 66 69 204 T2. Alex Milan 71 69 68 208 T15. Laure Castelain 72 73 73 218 T35. Lydia Gumm 76 74 73 223 T50. Carlton Kuhlo 79 72 76 227 T6. Anna Sophia Böhmer 69 75 71 215 * *playing as an individual
2nd Annual Web.com-Marsh Landing Intercollegiate/April 7-8, 2014 Marsh Landing Golf Club/Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Final Team Results 1. Florida State 851 11. Toledo 896 2. East Carolina 875 12. McNeese State 903 3. Ohio State 877 T13. Jacksonville 905 4. UCF 882 T13. FIU 905 5. Maryland 883 T15. Michigan 909 T6. Minnesota 884 T15. Illinois 909 T6. Missouri 884 17. Sam Houston State 912 T6. Louisville 884 18. Cincinnati 924 9. Chattanooga 885 19. James Madison 935 10. North Florida 894