Oct. 27, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (seminoles.com) - Florida State junior Carlton Kuhlo shot a career-best 69 and is in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings and the Seminole women's golf team is in a tie for eighth in the team standings after the first round of the Alamo Invitational at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club. Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla.) carded a career-best five birdies in her first round and is only two shots behind the lead of Sarah Shober of the University of Florida.
No. 5 Oklahoma holds the team lead by one stroke over No. 7 Arkansas and by two strokes over No. 17 Florida. The Sooners are led by two players in the top 10 of the individual standings as they counted all four of their scores at below par. Shober of Florida leads the individual standings as she carded a 5-under par 67 - a score that included nine birdies. Shober was one of 11 players (including Florida State's Kuhlo) who shot scores in the 60s during the first three rounds to be played in the event.
The event, which serves as the final event of the fall season for the Seminoles, has five of the top 25 and 10 of the top 50 ranked teams (including Florida State at No. 44) playing in the 15-team field. After the first round of play, the Seminoles are three strokes ahead of No. 18 ranked Tulane. The Seminoles are playing without their top golfer - Matilda Castren - who is set to represent her home country of Finland in the Spirit Invitational in Trinity, Texas beginning Monday.
"We played well and we are continuing to improve as a team," said head coach Amy Bond. "As a group we need to do a better job of taking advantage of the shorter holes and making more putts. Tomorrow is a new day filled with endless possibilities and we will be ready to go."
Kuhlo played strong golf from the start as she birdied two of her first three holes and three of her first nine to finish her first nine at 2 under par. She added two more birdies on her second set of nine holes and was as many as three strokes under par during the round. Kuhlo was above par for only one hole during the round after beginning her day with a bogey - but she quickly brought herself under par where she stayed for the reminder of the round.
"I hit the ball really well today and didn't make any huge mistakes," said Kuhlo. "When I did get out of position, I played back to a good position where I could make par and not get hurt by a big number."
Kuhlo entered the Alamo Invitational with a scoring average of 77.00 in three rounds played during the fall season and finished eight strokes below her average. Her score of 69 was four strokes better than her previous score of 73 which she shot most recently during the third round of the Lady Paladin Invitational earlier this season. Kuhlo, who is playing the best golf of her Seminole career, averages 71.00 strokes in her last two fall rounds with two remaining in the Alamo Invitational.
"Carlton played a great round of golf," said Bond. "She was very consistent and played a solid round of golf."
Junior Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) continued to play sensational golf as she carded an even par 72 and is in a tie for 28th in the individual standings with 36 holes left to be played. She began her round brilliantly with a birdie on her first hole and the first eagle of her Seminole career on her second hole to quickly move to 3-under par. Milan carded 13 of her final 16 holes at par to finish the round at even par.
Milan, who is also playing the best golf of her Seminole career, is looking to earn her third top 30 individual finish in four events during the fall season. She, too, is averaging 71.00 strokes in her last two rounds after a career-low score of 70 in the final round of the Schooner Fall Classic in early October.
Illustrating the star-power of the tournament, Seminole freshman Ana Sophia Böhmer is in a tie for 40th place in the individual standings after shooting a 1-over par 73 in the first round. Freshman Lydia Gumm is in a tie for 58th place after shooting a 75 while junior Laure Castelain is in a tie for 63rd place after carding a 76.
Alamo Invitational/Briggs Ranch Golf Course/Par 72 San Antonio, Texas/Oct. 27-29, 2013/First Round Florida State Results T8/16. Florida State 289 T8. Carlton Kuhlo 69 T28. Alex Milan 72 T40. Anna Sophia Böhmer 73 T58. Lydia Gumm 75 T63. Laure Castelain 76
Alamo Invitational/Briggs Ranch Golf Course/Par 72 San Antonio, Texas/Oct. 27-29, 2013/First Round Team Results 1. Oklahoma 278 T8. TCU 289 2. Arkansas 279 10. Tulane 290 3. Florida 289 11. Tennessee 290 4. Texas A&M 281 T12. Louisville 292 T5. LSU 285 T12. Texas State 292 T5. Texas San Antonio 285 14. Texas 295 7. SMU 286 15. Baylor 297 T8. Florida State 289