Dec. 4, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Head coach Amy Bond has signed four outstanding players with worldwide experience -- Kayla Bloor, Anna Sophia Bohmer, Matilda Castren and Lydia Gumm - to National Letters of Intent to play for the nationally prominent women's golf team at Florida State. Bond, who is in her third season as the Seminoles' head coach has signed a top 25 recruiting classes in each of her first three seasons as Florida State's head coach.
"Our 2013 class is one of the best recruiting classes we have ever had here at Florida State," said Bond. "These four players are going to help us compete for a National Championship and contribute to our getting back into the top ten of the national rankings. They each bring different games and experiences that will be exciting to watch in the coming years. I feel blessed that these players have chosen Florida State; our future looks bright with the addition of these players." Bloor, a native of Niceville, Fla., was named the Northwest Florida Daily News Golfer of the Year in 2012. She is a two-time state high school champion and a top member of the Niceville High School team which has won three straight district titles. She also won the Medicus Cup Spring Tour at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in 2011.
"Kayla has had a very successful high school career and I am excited to watch her progress here at FSU. She works extremely hard and I look for her to compete for a starting position. Her biggest strengths are her driving distance and her competitiveness."
Bohmer, from Cali, Columbia and a student at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy (Orlando, Fla.), played on American soil for the first time in 2012 and won the HJGT 54-Hole Challenge at Fleming Island, scoring a +1(213).
"Anna is a part of the Columbian National team and brings in a lot of international experience," said Bond. "She is very talented player who will compete for lots of playing time. Anna is not just a great golfer, her personality and positive attitude are going to bring a sense of fun, and compassion and team work to our players. I would say her biggest strength as a golfer is her short game and her ability to get the ball in the hole."
Castren, another international player who hails from Finland, also has a lot of international experience as she has played for the Finish National Team since 2009. She has also represented her country in the European championship three times. Castern recently participated in the Finnish Tour Final where she finished in second place - an event she won on 2010. She played in the European Young Masters where she finished as the No. 1 ranked Under 21 Finnish Junior and was the winner of the Doral-Publix Class U18 in 2011.
"Matilda comes to us with perhaps the most experience of any player we have had in a while" said Bond. "She has numerous tournaments under her belt and has been very successful in the United State States and worldwide. Matilda will come in and compete for one of our top spots. Her biggest strengths are her overall game and her mindset."
Gumm, a senior of North Hardin High School in Louisville, Ky., also has a tremendous resume with outstanding achievements. She is a six-time All-State Girls' Golf team honoree and has received the Ms. Kentucky Golf a record five times. Gumm earned much success in the 2012; she finished fourth in the Kentucky Open, won Kentucky Junior AM Champion, was named the KGCA player of the year, won the regional championship and was the state championship runner-up. Gumm was named the Kentucky Senior Athlete of the Year and holds the Kentucky high school record for the most rounds counted in the 60's. Her lowest score during her high school career is an impressive 61.
"Lydia is a very talented player that has only started to reach her potential. I look for her to gain invaluable experience this spring which in turn will equate to a great freshman year," said Bond. "Her biggest strengths are the length off the tee and her ability to shoot a low score."
Florida State opens its 2013 spring schedule at the All Florida Challenge in Lecanto, Fla., Jan. 28.