June 3, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State freshman Matilda Castren, who set the school record for lowest stroke average in a single season, has been named to the All-American Second-Team by the Women's Golf Coaches Association as announced by WGCA President and Florida State Head Coach Amy Bond. Castren averaged 71.83 strokes in 29 rounds during 10 tournaments, earned All-ACC honors, was voted as the ACC Player and Rookie of the Year runner-up and earned two individual championships as she enjoyed one of the top seasons of any golfer in Florida State history.
"It's been a great first year at Florida State," said Castren. "I'm very grateful for my teammates, coaches, and all the people who helped me throughout my freshman year. It means a lot to me to be an All-American. I'm looking forward to my sophomore year."
Castren (Espoo, Finland) finished her freshman season with the second lowest stroke average in the ACC; she was just over three tenths of a stroke behind Duke sophomore Celine Boutier.
Castren won two individual championships as a freshman - the Florida State Match-Up and the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate and was named the National Golfer of the Week by GolfWeek.com on April 14, 2014 after winning the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate. She played all three rounds under par in those two events (68-68-70=206) to win the Florida State Match-Up and (69-66-69=204) to win the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate.
Castren earned a top-15 finish in nine of 10 events and did not finish outside of the top-20 of the individual standings in any of the 10 events she played in during her freshman season. She finished in the top-10 of a school record eight consecutive events and in the top-10 of a school record nine total tournaments during her freshman season. As a freshman, she set career-bests for a single round score (66 in the second round of the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate; one stroke off the school record of 65 by Kristin Tamulis in the 2003 ACC Championship), for 36 holes (135 at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate), for a three-round tournament score (school- record 204 in the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate) and for a three round tournament vs. Par (-12 at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate) in winning the event during the spring of her freshman season.
Castren was a cumulative total of one stroke under par for the entire spring season of her freshman year and finished four events including the NCAA East Regional Championship at SouthWood Golf Course in Tallahassee under par.
Castren joined Seminole great Caroline Westrup as the only golfers in school history to earn All-ACC and All-American honors during their freshman seasons. Westrup was a freshman All-American and a freshman All-ACC selection in 2006 and is the only Seminole golfer in school history to earn All-America honors four times during her collegiate career.
"Matilda had a great freshman year and the final touch to it was earning Second Team All-American honors," said Bond. "It's a tremendous accomplishment by all of the players who earned All-American honors and it is even more incredible to have a freshman earn the honor. I am extremely proud of the way she handled herself this year and the way she played in each tournament."
Castren was one of four players from the ACC who earned All-American First or Second team honors and was one of eight ACC golfers who were named to the First, Second or Honorable Mention teams. She was one of only 10 freshmen among the 40 players named to the First, Second or Honorable Mention All-American teams by the WGCA.
Celine Boutier of Duke University, the PING WGCA Player of the Year, and Alison Lee, UCLA, the WGCA Freshman of the Year, highlight the First Team All-Americans. USC totaled five WGCA All-Americans with UCLA following on their heels with four All-Americans.
WGCA 1st Team All-American Laetitia Beck, Duke University Celine Boutier, Duke University Doris Chen, USC Tonje Daffinrud, University of Denver Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State University Kyung Kim, USC Lauren Kim, Stanford University Alison Lee, UCLA * Gaby Lopez, University of Arkansas Ally McDonald, Mississippi State University Stephanie Meadow, University of Alabama Grace Na, Pepperdine University Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford University