Matilda Castren led the Florida State women’s golf team, ranked No. 4, tied 15th place in the individual standings after shooting an even par 72. The team is tied for fourth place after the first round of the Clemson Invitational at the Reserve at Lake Keowee.
The Seminoles are just six strokes off the lead as they go for their sixth team win of the year.
No. 8 Furman, which has two top-ten players in the individual standings, leads the teams with a 3-under par total of 285.
Player Alice Chen leads the Furman team in the individual standings after carding a 4-under par score of 68. Chen is one of just 14 players to finish the first round with an under-par score.
Head coach Amy Bond said the team got off to a rough start after rain left the course “very wet.”
“It rained hard through the night, but all five of the girls battled back and played solid golf in the first round,” said Bond.
Castren had three birdies and 15 holes at par or better in the first round. She finished the first nine holes at 2 under par with seven holes at par and two birdies. Castren finished the round at even par after being 1 stroke under par for the last three holes.
Castren said she was “pretty satisfied” with her round, but felt she left “a lot of opportunities on the course.” She said she was eager to get back those opportunities on the course tomorrow.
High winds at the end of the day made the course more challenging, Castren said.
Freshman Amanda Doherty, junior Kim Metraux and senior Lydia Gumm are tied for 22nd place in the individual standings, each having identical scores of 1 over par 73. Metraux led with four birdies, and never exceeded more than two strokes over par in the round.