GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Senior Kim Metraux is in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings, and Florida State is in third place in the team standings after the first round of the ACC Women’s Golf Tournament on the East Course at the Grandover Resort. Metraux is joined in the top 12 of the individual standings by teammates Amanda Doherty (tied for eighth) and Morgane Metraux (tied for 12th) as the Seminoles play for the first ACC championship in school history.
No. 5 ranked Duke holds the team lead as the Blue Devils counted three under par scores and have three players in the top six of the individual standings after 18 of 54 holes have been played. Duke’s Leona Maguire is the individual leader as she looks to repeat as the individual ACC champion and become the fourth player in ACC history to win the individual three times during her career.
“We started off on fire and cooled off when we made the turn,” said Amy Bond. “I am very proud of the girls for putting up a decent number today. I am happy because we have put ourselves in position to make a move tomorrow. It’s a good thing for us to have the opportunity to play with the two teams that are ahead of us in the second round. We have to continue to take what the course gives and play within ourselves.”
Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) tied her career-best for a single-round score in ACC Championships play as she carded a 1-under par 71. Her best opening round score in three ACC Championships has her in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings and only four strokes behind Duke’s Maguire. Metraux was 3 strokes under par on her first nine (the Seminoles began play on hole No 10) and was 2 over par on her second nine. With four birdies during the round, Metraux was never above par and was as many as three strokes under par. Metraux’s four birdies led the Seminoles through the first round.
“My long game was pretty solid and I holed some putts when I needed to,” said Metraux. “The front nine is tougher and I struggled a bit more. I am really happy about how we played as a team and where we are going into the next two rounds.”
Metraux’s score of 71 in the first round marked her second-best first round of her senior season. She carded a 69 in the first round of the Evans Derby Experience in March. Her score of 71 marks her second single round scored at par or better this year.
Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) continued to play stellar golf as she carded an even par score of 72 and is in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings. She was also on fire on her first nine holes with three birdies and her first nine holes scored at par or better. Doherty played 16 of her 18 holes on the day at par or better and was never above par during the round. She closed her round with five straight holes scored at par.
“I got off to a good start today but unfortunately didn’t play the back nine as well as I would have liked,” said Doherty. “I did gain a lot of positive things from my round today to take in to the next two days.”
Doherty carded her 11th round at 72 or better (in 14 rounds) this spring including the sixth in her last seven rounds. She finished the first round as one of 11 players who carded even par or better scores in the first round and is within five strokes of the individual lead. Doherty is a cumulative total of 4 strokes under par in her last four tournaments. She is looking for her second consecutive and third top-10 finish of the spring season.
Senior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) carded a 73 with three birdies and is in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings. Her score of 73 ranks as the second best in 10 career ACC Championships rounds. Her best career ACC Championships round came as a 71 in the third round of the 2017 event. Metraux carded 14 of 18 holes at par or better as she plays for her first career top-10 ACC Championships finish.
Freshman Kathleen Sumner (Charleston, S.C.) is in a tie for 23rd place as she carded a 75 while senior Kayla Jones (Milton, Ga.) is in a tie for 30th place with a 76. Jones carded her second career eagle with a three on the par 5 hole No 18.
Florida State plays in the lead group on Sunday beginning at 9:50 off of hole No. 1. The Seminoles’ lineup begins play at 9:50 (Jones) and runs through 10:00 (Sumner), 10:10 (Morgane Metraux), 10:20 (Doherty) and 10:30 (Kim Metraux). The Seminoles will play with Duke and Clemson.
FLORIDA STATE NOTES: The 2018 ACC Tournament marks the fourth time in the history of the event that it has been played at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro (1996, 1998, 1999, 2018)…Florida State Head Coach Amy Bond has played or coached in the event each time it has been played at Grandover (three times as a player and once and a coach)…Bond led the Seminoles to a second place finish in the team standings in 1999 – tied for the best ACC Championships finish in school history…She finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings in 1999 and in a tie for ninth in the individual standings in 1998…Morgane Metraux (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) joins Amy Bond (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) as Seminoles who have played in four ACC Championships during their careers in Tallahassee…All five members of the Seminoles’ lineup in the 2018 ACC Championship played in the event as freshmen (Kayla Jones, 2015; Kim Metraux, 2015; Morgane Metraux, 2015; Amanda Doherty, 2017; Kathleen Sumner, 2018).
ACC Championship/Par 72/April 21-23, 2018
Grandover Resort East Course/Greensboro, N.C./First Round Florida State Results
3/12.-Florida State, 291
T6.-Kim Metraux, 71
T8.-Amanda Doherty, 72
T12.-Morgane Metraux, 73
T23.-Kathleen Sumner, 75
T30.-Kayla Jones, 76
ACC Championship/Par 72/April 21-23, 2018
Grandover Resort East Course/Greensboro, N.C./First Round Team Results
3-Florida State, 291
5-Wake Forest, 207
T6-Virginia Tech, 300
T6-Notre Dame, 300
10-NC State, 303
11-North Carolina, 306
12-Boston College, 313