April 18, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) - Florida State freshman Matilda Castren is in second place in the individual standings, and the 25th ranked Florida State women's golf team is in sixth place in the team standings with one round remaining to be played in the 26th Annual ACC Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. Castren begins play in Saturday's final round only three strokes out of first place in her quest to win the first individual ACC championship by a Seminole in the sport of golf.
Castren is three strokes behind Duke's Celine Boutier in the race for the ACC individual title. Castren, who began second round in first place, carded a 3 over par score of 74 and has a two-day total of 143. She trails Boutier by two strokes with 18 holes left to be played. Boutier has carded scores of 71 and 69 and has a 36-hole total of 140. Lauren Coughlin and Briana Mao of Virginia are tied for third place with scores of 144 - one stroke behind Florida State's Castren.
Third ranked Duke played the best golf of the second round and looks to be well on its way to winning its third consecutive ACC title. The Blue Devils are 14 strokes ahead of 22nd ranked Virginia and 21 strokes ahead of 21st ranked North Carolina. The Blue Devils have won 18 of the first 26 ACC women's golf championships.
"Each of our girls battled back today and that is what I am the most proud of in this round," said Seminole head coach Amy Bond. "We showed a lot of guts late in the round and that's what each individual golfer needs in postseason play. We began the round playing decent golf, had a tough middle and showed guts late. The effort and the guts each of them showed was very pleasing to me."
Castren (Espoo, Finland) played her best golf of the day late in the round as she birdied three of her last four holes to finish with a 3 over par score of 74. She totaled four birdies and played 11 holes at par or better on the afternoon. Castren has finished very well in the first two rounds of her first career ACC Championship as she is a total of five strokes under par on the final four holes of the golf course. She totaled three birdies on her final four holes in the second round after totaling two birdies on her final four holes in the first round.
For the tournament, Castren has a team-high nine birdies and has only played one hole at more than one stoke over par. Her only double bogey of the first two rounds of the event came on the par four hole No. 13 in the first round.
Junior Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) carded the best score of the second round for the Seminoles - a two over par 73. She is in a tie for 33rd place in the individual standings with a two round total of 155. Milan played very consistent golf with two birdies and 15 holes scored at par or better in the second round. She totaled two birdies on her front nine and made the turn with a 1 under par score.
Milan, who is playing in her third career ACC Championship, is looking to earn the best ACC finish of her career. She finished in a tie for 31st place as a sophomore in 2013 and in a tie for 40th place in the individual standings as a freshman in 2012.
Junior Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) is in a tie for 24th place in the individual standings with a two-day total of 152. She has carded scores of 75 and 77 and is currently Florida State's second leading golfer.
Florida State's Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) and Carlton Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla.) both recorded dramatic score improvements in the second round as compared to their play in the first round. Gumm improved by five strokes with a 75 after a first round score of 80 while Kuhlo improved by seven strokes with a 78 in the second round. Gumm is in a tie for 33rd in the individual standings while Kuhlo is in 53rd place.
The Seminoles improved their team score by six strokes and were one of six teams in the event to shoot less than 300 as a team in the frigid conditions. The temperature never rose above 59 degrees during the round and greeted the golfers in the first wave at just below 45 degrees.
Florida State will look to close the tournament with a strong third and final round on Saturday. The Seminoles will tee off beginning at 8:30 a.m. and are paired with NC State and Miami.
Florida State will play host to the NCAA East Regional Championship as part of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship May 8-9-10, 2014 at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee. The 24 teams and eight individuals who will compete in the Tallahassee regional will be announced on April 28. Be sure to return to seminoles.com to see the unveiling of the regional field.
26th Annual ACC Championship/April 17-19, 20-14/Par 71 Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./Second Round Florida State Results 6/11. Florida State 306 299 605 2. Matilda Castren 69 74 143 T24. Laure Castelain 75 77 152 T33. Lydia Gumm 80 75 155 T33. Alex Milan 82 73 155 53. Carlton Kuhlo 85 78 163
26th Annual ACC Championship/April 17-19, 20-14/Par 71 Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./Second Round Team Results 1. Duke 576 7. Notre Dame 610 2. Virginia 590 T8. Maryland 611 3. North Carolina 597 T8. Clemson 611 4. Miami 599 10. Wake Forest 617 5. NC State 600 11. Boston College 644 6. Florida State 605