CHULA VISTA, Calif. (seminoles.com) – Seniors Kayla Jones and Kim Metraux of the Florida State women’s golf team will begin play in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship beginning Monday at the San Diego Country Club. The event runs August 7-13 and will be contested by 156 golfers.
Metraux tees off Monday in the fifth threesome of first day of the championship at 7:20 a.m. from hole No. 1. Jones begins play in the afternoon wave from hole No. 10 at 1:20 p.m.
The schedule of play includes 36 holes of stroke play on Monday (August 7) and Tuesday (August 8) followed by match-play August 9-13. The field will be cut to 64 golfers after the two rounds of stroke play with the top 64 advancing to match play.
Jones (Milton, Ga.), qualified to play in her first career U.S. Amateur on the Settindown Creek Course at the Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga. She placed third with an even par score of 72 which allowed her to finish as one of six qualifiers from the site for the U.S. Amateur.
“I’m really looking forward to the days ahead,” said Jones. “It’s such an exciting experience to play in such a huge event. The main thing I have to do is approach it like every tournament that I play in. It’s a long week of golf. I just have to take it day by day, control what I can control and then I get to watch what happens. I can’t wait to showcase everything I have worked for on such a big stage.”
Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur with her third place individual finish in the 2016 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. She, too, is playing in her first career U.S. Amateur.
“I am really looking forward to playing in such a big event,” said Metraux. “It’s my first time playing in the US Am and it’s been a great experience so far. The course is fantastic and in perfect condition. I plan to give it everything and enjoy the moment of the event.”
Florida State head coach Amy Bond, who was named the 2017 ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Seminoles to a school record six tournament victories, is eagerly anticipating two of her golfers playing in the world’s biggest amateur championship
“It’s very exciting to have both Kim and Kayla playing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur,” said Bond. “This is one of the most prestigious events in the country and I am thrilled we have two Seminoles playing. I look for them to put together great golf in hopes of making it to the match play portion of the championship. With the U.S. Amateur being the last true event of the summer before school starts this is a wonderful way to end the off-season.”
FS1 will cover the first round of match play U.S. Women’s Amateur on August 9 from 6-9 p.m. The round of 32 will be aired from 2-4 p.m., on usga.org on August 10, while the round of 16 matches will be available on FS1 from 6-9 p.m. also on August 10. Quarterfinal action will be August 11 on FS1 from 6-9 p.m., while the semifinal matches from 7-10 p.m., on FS1 on August 12. The championship match will be on from 12:30-2:30 p.m., on usga.org, while the afternoon portion will be aired on FS1 from 4-7 p.m on August 13.
Tee times and live scoring for the event can be found on the USGA website.