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FSU Alums Castren and Stupples in the Solhiem Cup

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The phone call came from team captain Catriona Matthews inviting her to become a member of the European Solheim Cup squad.

“It means the world to me to play in the Solheim Cup,” said Castren as she traveled to the United States for the competition at the famous Inverness Club in Toledo. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was little. Playing the Solheim Cup is something that I have always considered one of the highest goals of my career.

The 17th edition of the Solheim Cup starts on Saturday (September 4) and continues until Monday (September 6). The Championship format is two days of doubles matches using foursomes and fourballs, followed by a final day of singles matches. It is a three-day competition between professional golf teams representing the United States and Europe.

The first Solheim Cup was held in 1990. The European team are the reigning champions having beaten the United States by a score of 14.5-13.5 in 2019 in Gleneagles, Scotland. The United States holds a 10-6 lead in the series, which has become the most coveted championship for professional women’s golf teams.

Castren follows in the footsteps of FSU Hall of Fame members Jane Geddes (1996, US) and Karen Stupples (2005, 2011, Europe) as the third Seminole to compete in the Solheim Cup.

Stupples will be vice-captain of the European team.

Playing as a member of the European Solheim Cup squad is a position Castren is very grateful to occupy at this point in his career.

“Golf, and sports in general, has a lot of ups and downs,” said Castren, a 2017 Florida state graduate with a degree in international business. “A few years ago I was going through the worst two years of my career. I decided to work on it, and with a lot of help from my team, I got my LPGA card. From there, it was difficult.

Among the many who believed Castren had a bright future as a professional golfer, despite his dark times as a young professional, was Seminole head coach Amy Bond.

“I thought Matilda would be special when we recruited her,” Bond said. “I thought she could help us change our program.”

Castren relied on Bond during her All-American career as a Seminole and later when she grew up as a professional. It was during a lunch in Tallahassee in the spring of 2019 that Bond urged his talented former player to keep climbing; this success was just above the next peak.

Castren, 26, has persevered through the hardships of the COVID-19 season in 2020 and is having the best year of his career in 2021.

“It’s amazing to accomplish the things you work for,” said Castren. “My success gives me hope that if you work hard and dream big, anything is possible. I couldn’t be more honored to represent Finland and Europe at the Solheim Cup.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE
Saturday September 4th

Quartets – 7:35 am – 8:11 am
Fourball – 12:35 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Sunday September 5th
Quartets – 7:15 am-7:51 am
Fourball – 12:05 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Monday September 6
Singles – 12:05 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.

TV SCHEDULES (every hour in the East)
September 4 – 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Golf Channel; 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., NBC; 2.30 p.m.-6 p.m., Golf Channel
September 5 – 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Golf Channel; 12 pm-1:30pm, NBC; 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Golf Channel
September 6 – 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Golf Channel