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STILLWATER, Okla. (seminoles.com) – Seniors Kim Metraux and Morgane Metraux are both in a tie for fifth in the individual standings, and the Seminole women’s golf team is in a tie for sixth place in the team standings following its play in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club. The round was delayed by a more than one-hour weather delay during the round.
The Seminoles need to finish in the top 15 of the team standings after Sunday’s third round to advance to the fourth round. Following the fourth round of play, the field will be cut to eight with those teams competing in match play to decide the 2018 National Champion.
Florida State enters the third round 12 shots ahead of Wake Forest and Colorado, which are both in a tie for 15th place in the team standings.
No. 2 UCLA, which carded the best team score of the second round, vaulted to the top of the team standings and holds a five stroke lead over No. 1 ranked Alabama. The Bruins carded a 9 under par team score to move into the lead after finishing the first round in third place. Southern Cal, the first round leader, fell to third place after two rounds of play. Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest shot a 2 over par score of 74 in the second round; the first round leader is now tied with Bianca Pagdanganan of Arizona and Cheyenne Knight of Alabama for the individual lead. The trio has carded two-round scores of 139. Pagdanganan carded a hole-in-one on hole No. 11.
“We put together a good round of golf today,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “They handled everything that was thrown at them, including a weather delay, and have put themselves in a pretty good position going into tomorrow.”
Florida State finished well to improved its placing by one position in the team standings. Of the four scores the Seminoles counted in the second round (Amanda Doherty, Kayla Jones, Kim Metraux and Morgane Metraux), they were a cumulative total of minus 1 stroke under par on their closing nine (the Seminoles began play on the 10th hole).
Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) moved into the top five in the individual standings with a 3 under par score of 69 in the second round. Her 36-hole total of 142 has her only three strokes out of the individual lead. As Florida State’s only player who finished under par in the second round, Metraux carded a team-leading four birdies and was never above par during the round. She carded three birdies on her opening nine holes and added one more on her second set of nine holes. Metraux was three under par before her only bogey of the round; she quickly made up for her one miscue and finished her round and 1 stroke under par on her last five holes.
“Our team played great today and it’s exciting to be in the position we are in,” said Metraux. “My game in general felt solid; I hit a lot of fairways and hit the ball onto the right spots on the green which is a key on this course. I also putted well and avoided three-putting which made a difference in my score as compared to yesterday.”
After carding a first round 73, Metraux continued to play her best golf of her three-year career NCAA Championship Finals appearances. Prior to her 73 in Friday’s first round, her best round in an NCAA Championships Final was a 75 during her sophomore season. Metraux has earned five career top 5 finishes with her most recent – a tied for second place finish – coming at the Florida State Match-Up in the spring of 2016.
Morgane Metraux moved into a tie for fifth place in the individual standings with birdies on her final two holes of the round. Not only did her final two holes help move her into the top five, but they helped the Seminoles improve their team standing.
Metraux led the Seminoles’ charge on the closing set of nine holes with four birdies and eight holes scored at par or better. After finishing the opening set of nine a 3 over par, she finished the closing set of nine at 3 under par to finish with an even par 72. Metraux has a 36-hole total of 2 under par 142. She played her best golf of the round on her final six holes with four birdies, two holes scored at par and zero holes scored over par.
The Seminoles’ biggest improvement of the round was turned in by senior Jones (Milton, Ga.) who carded a 76 – an eight stroke improvement from her first round score. Doherty carded a 77 and has a two-day total of 151.
Florida State will play with Arizona and Northwestern in the third round and will begin their day on hole 10 at 8:30 a.m. ET.
FLORIDA STATE NOTES: With their tied for fourth place finishes in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Golf Championships, senior Morgane Metraux and sophomore Amanda Doherty both earned All-Region honors…Metraux earned the honors for the second time in her illustrious Seminoles career after earning the honor in 2015 when she finished in a tie for 10th place at the NCAA San Antonio Regional Championships…Matilda Castren (tied for 1st) and Kim Metraux (tied for 7th) earned All-Regional honors at Shoal Creek in 2016…Maria Salinas (tied for 1st) earned All-Central Regional Honors in 2012 at Columbus, Ohio…Jessica Negron (tied for 3rd) and Maria Salinas (tied for 6th) earned All-East Regional Honors in 2011 at Daytona Beach, Fla…Caroline Westrup (tied for 5th) earned All-Central Regional Honors in 2008 at Austin, Tex…Westrup (tied for 5th) also earned All-Central Regional honors in 2007 at Baton Rouge, La., and All-East Regional honors (tied for 3rd) at Browns Summit, N.C. on 2006)…Carrie Sordel (tied for 9th) earned NCAA All-East Regional honors in 2004 at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla…Tiffany Faucette (8th) earned All-NCAA East Regional honors in 1994 at East Lansing, Mich.
NCAA Championship Finals/Par 72/May 18-23, 2018
Karsten Creek Golf Club/Stillwater, Okla./Second Round Florida State Results
T6/24-Florida State, 301+295=595
T5-Morgane Metraux, 70+72=142
T5-Kim Metraux, 73+69=142
T54-Amanda Doherty, 74+77=151
T110-Kayla Jones, 84+76=160
T130-Kathleen Sumner, 84+86=170
NCAA Championship Finals/Par 72/May 18-23, 2018
Karsten Creek Golf Club/Stillwater, Okla./Second Round Team State Results
3-Southern Cal, 291+298=589
T6-Florida State, 301+294=595
T6-Kent State, 296+299+595
T14-Wake Forest, 306+301=607
21-Arizona State, 314+297=611
23-Ole Miss, 320+303=623
24-Ohio State, 310+318=628