Sept. 21, 2013
GREENVILLE, S.C. (seminoles.com) - Florida State freshman Matilda Castren shot a career-low 70 to move into a tie for sixth place in the individual standings and the Seminole women's golf team is in sixth place in the team standings with one round to play at the Lady Paladin Invitational on the Furman University Golf Course. Castren moved up seven places in the individual standings as she shot the best round of the fall season for the Seminoles and will begin play in the final round of the event only four strokes behind the individual leader.
The Seminoles played the entire round in a slight drizzle.
Georgia Regents University (formerly Augusta State) maintained its lead in the team standings as it played the best round for the second consecutive day. The Jaguars finished with an even-par score of 288 and have a five stroke lead over Clemson with 18 holes remaining to be played. Ashlan Ramsey of Clemson shot a 3-under par 68 in the second round and holds the individual lead with a one shot advantage over Eunice Yi of Georgia Regents. Ramsey is the only player in the 90-player field who has shot under par during the first two rounds of the tournament.
The Seminoles begin play in the final round only one stroke behind fifth-placed East Carolina, three strokes behind fourth-place Furman and 10 strokes behind third-placed Wisconsin.
Castren (Espoo, Finland) was sensational throughout the round as she birdied her first two holes and was off to the races from there. She earned her third birdie of the day on her seventh hole to move to 3-under par where she remained until scoring her only bogey of the round on her 15th hole. Castren closed the round with three consecutive holes scored at par to finish at 2-under par.
"I had a nice start with two birdies," said Castren. "I feel like I hit the ball well which allowed me to hit a lot of greens which both made scoring easier. My short game was okay; if I missed a green I did not panic and was able to hit a good chip and make my putts. I feel like I left a couple of birdies out there for tomorrow so I am excited for the third round."
Castren set individual bests for single round score (70) and 36-hole score (143) as she carded 17 of her 18 holes at par or better in the second round. After finishing in a team-leading tie for 17th place in the individual standings at the season-opening Mo Morial Invitational, Castren will play for the best finish of her short career at Florida State in Sunday's final round.
"Matilda played well all day," said head coach Amy Bond. "She was consistent, focused and managed the course well."
Anna Sophia Böhmer (Cali, Colombia) is in a tie for 18th place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 148. She carded a career-best 71 in the first round. After finishing in a tied for 31st in the individual standings at the Mo Morial, she is looking for her first career top-20 finish of her Seminole career.
"We unfortunately lost some shots around the green," said Bond. "We didn't execute as well as we have been and we need to become consistent in our overall execution. We need to make more putts, play steady and put together six good rounds tomorrow - that's the goal."
The Seminoles will play with Furman and East Carolina in the final round - a round that will also be played with a shotgun start scheduled for a 9:00 a.m. start.
42nd Annual Lady Paladin Invitational/Sept. 20-22, 2013/Par 72 Furman University Golf Course/Greenville, S.C./Second Round Florida State Results 6/12. Florida State 294 302 596 T6. Matilda Castren 73 70 143 T18. Anna Sophia Böhmer 71 77 148 T30. Alex Milan 74 77 151 T49. Laure Castelain 76 78 154 T90. Lydia Gumm 76 DQ DQ T65. * Carlton Kuhlo 78 80 158 *playing as an individual
42nd Annual Lady Paladin Invitational/Sept. 20-22, 2013/Par 72 Furman University Golf Course/Greenville, S.C./Second Round Team Results 1. Georgia Regents 573 9. Kennesaw State 604 2. Clemson 578 T10. Georgia State 610 3. Wisconsin 584 T10. Coastal Carolina 605 4. Furman 591 12. Wofford 611 5. East Carolina 593 13. Southern Miss. 611 6. Florida State 596 14. Nova Southeastern 628 7. Samford 598 15. UNC Wilmington 629 8. Texas A&M 601 16. UNC Greensboro 641