While many fans will miss their favorite graduating Seminole athletes, it is important to remember that they are students first and foremost. Students who put countless hours of work into meeting rigorous academic standards while becoming world-class athletes.
For senior Florida State women’s golf senior Kim Metraux, her hard work in the classroom paid off when she received her degree in Management on May 4. As a member of the Class of 2018, she has exceeded every expectation she placed upon herself when she arrived in Tallahassee as a freshman.
Her academic achievements are a defining characteristic of her career at Florida State. During her four years as a Seminole, Metraux has been named to the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team, the 2015, 2016, and 2017 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team, the 2015, 2016, and 2017 ACC Academic Honor Roll, and has been named to the Academic President’s list (4.0 GPA) an astonishing four times.
She became one of the most accomplished students in school history, while at the same time enjoying a stellar career on the golf course.
Metraux enters the 2018 NCAA Championship Finals ranked sixth in school history with a career stroke average of 73.95, has earned All-ACC honors twice (2016 and 2017), helped the Seminoles win seven team championships and earn the No. 1 ranking in the nation during her junior year.
Beginning Friday, she will play in the NCAA Championship Finals with her teammates at the Karsten Creek Golf Cub in Stillwater, Okla.
Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond has had a front row seat for Metraux’s academic and athletic careers.
“Kim has been a leader and someone we have all relied on during her career,” said Bond. “Academically and athletically, she has excelled in her four years. She is an All-ACC team member and has worked tremendously hard to get to where she is.”
Metraux’s passion for success is an aspect of her personality that has grown during her career at Florida State.
Metraux speaks four languages fluently, including her native French, Italian, German and English. Aside from golf, which she began playing at age 12, Metraux has a passion for music. She played the piano for 12 years and studied music theory for eight years growing up.
Her innate drive to be successful at everything she does has certainly helped her achieve her goals during her four-year journey at Florida State.
“I’ve had to work hard to achieve the academic goals that I set for myself when we decided to come to the United States for our education,” said Metraux. “The opportunity to earn a degree and play the sport I love at a prestigious university is something that isn’t available to us at home. The chance to go to school and play golf is something we can’t thank Coach (Amy) Bond and everyone at Florida State enough for. To have a degree from Florida State University is something we will have for our lifetime.”
Fortunately for Metraux, she took another big piece of home along with her on her journey as a Seminole – her sister and teammate, Morgane.
“Having her was so important for me,” said Metraux. “I don’t think it would have been the same experience without her. We really push each other. It was definitely a big plus on every level and in both life and golf by having her.”
It is safe to say that the pair’s competitiveness as siblings played a large part in the two cementing themselves as two of the best golfers in Florida State’s history.
While Metraux has clearly exceeded expectations on the golf course and in the class room, she did not stop there.
Metraux has been recognized as a great teammate throughout her career.
In October 2017, Metraux was awarded the Femina Perfecta medallion for her representation as a model female student-athlete on the 2017 Seminole women’s golf team. Femina Perfecta translates to “Complete Woman” and is awarded to the player who best “exemplifies the motto on the University seal” and “is invaluable to their team and who will always make a difference.”
The award is voted on by her teammates.
“I consider Kim as my big sister or my mom away from home,” said teammate Sandra Salonen. “She is always there for me and pushing me to be a better person in every way. Kim is a great teammates and one that I look up to. I will miss her a lot after this season.”
Kim and her teammates have some goals to accomplish at the NCAA Championships this week, but she will leave a lasting legacy in the classroom and on the golf course at Florida State.