TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Sophomore Amanda Doherty carded a 66 and moved into a tie for second place in the individual standings, and the Florida State women’s golf team shot up the leaderboard and is in a tie for third place in the individual standings with one round remaining to be played in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Women’s Golf Championship at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. The Seminoles are currently placed among the top six teams in the standings with the top six advancing to the NCAA Championship Finals at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., May 18-23.
Doherty’s mark of 66 tied her career best and set a program record for best single-round score in an NCAA regional championship or championship finals round. The Seminoles played the second best team round of the day with an 11 under par 277 (second only to Alabama’s 276). Florida State’s total of 277 is tied for the fifth best single round team score in school history.
The Seminoles are in the top six of the standings along with Alabama (first place, 558), Washington (second place, 562), Furman (tied with the Seminoles for third, 563), Clemson (fifth, 564) and Arizona (sixth, 571). Wake Forest is the first team currently outside of the cutline (seventh place, 574).
“We came out with a lot of energy this morning,” said Florida State Head Coach Amy Bond. “The first couple of holes we made a few birdies, but then we caught on fire on the back. When you move on moving day in the right direction, it’s always a good day. They put together some really solid rounds of golf today.”
Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) was as hot as any golfer in the tournament in carding her score of 66 in the second round. She carded eight birdies – including five consecutive at one point – to move into contention to become Florida State’s second ever regional champion. Doherty begins play in Wednesday’s final round only one shot behind Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest, the individual leader. In addition to tying her career-best score for a single round, Doherty set a new personal standard for a 36-hole score (134) after carding a 69 in Monday’s first round. Her score of 66 is also the best second round tournament score of her Seminole career.
“I totally knew what was happening,” said Doherty after the round. You start thinking about it a little and trying to stay in the moment. I was really comfortable with my lines on the greens and the putts were just falling in. Once you make a couple, the momentum keeps going. Making those midrange putts can be huge and really help your score. We’ve been working a lot on our putting recently, so I think that has helped a lot.”
Doherty, who earned All-ACC honors for the first time in her career this season, is playing some of the best golf of her career at the right time for the Seminoles. She has carded two consecutive and three of her last four rounds in the 60’s and is a total of minus 13 strokes in her last four tournaments.
Senior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) carded a 68 and is in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 140. She carded a 72 in the first round and a 68 in the second round; she is only six strokes behind the Kupcho in the race for the individual championship.
“They (Morgane Metraux and Amanda Doherty) always find a way to get the job done,” said Bond. “Today, they came through when we needed them to. The others played a key role but those two have really led us throughout the year.”
Florida State counted four scores at 72 or better and threw out a score of 73. Including Doherty’s 66 and Morgane Metraux’s 68, the Seminoles also counted a 71 by senior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and a 72 by senior Kayla Jones (Milton, Ga.). Metraux carded the fourth eagle of her career on Tuesday on hole 10. Her eagle was the second in as many days for the Seminoles after Doherty’s eagle on hole 9 on Monday.
“Tomorrow, we just need to be patient,” said Bond. “We need to continue to play our game and play on our home golf course. I think that will be big tomorrow, just to go out there, take what the golf course gives us and run with it.”
Florida State has earned the right to play in the final group on the final day of the championship and will play with Alabama and Washington. The Seminoles’ tee times begin on hole No. 1 at 9:50 – Jones (9:50 am), Kathleen Sumner (10:00), Kim Metraux (10:10), Morgane Metraux (10:20) and Doherty (10:30).
Admission and parking for the event are free of charge.
NCAA Tallahassee Regional/Par 72/May 7-9, 2018
Don Veller Seminole Golf Course/Tallahassee, Fla./Second Round Florida State Results
T3/18-Florida State, 286+277=573
T2-Amanda Doherty, 69+66=135
T9-Morgane Metraux, 72+68=140
T29-Kim Metraux, 73+71=144
T34-Kathleen Sumner, 72+73=145
T41-Kayla Jones, 75+72=147
NCAA Tallahassee Regional/Par 72/May 7-9, 2018
Don Veller Seminole Golf Course/Tallahassee, Fla./Second Round Team Results
T3-Florida State, 286+277=563
7-Wake Forest, 285+289=574
14-Kennesaw State, 296+293=589
15-Coastal Carolina, 309+302=611
16-College of Charleston, 307+306=313