July 11, 2017 - by
Metraux Begins Play In US Open

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State rising senior Morgane Metraux will play in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship June 13-16 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.,  marking the first time the Seminole All-American will play in the oldest of the five current majors on the LPGA Tour.  Metraux qualified to play in the championship at the Diamond Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on May 30.

Metraux is one of 20 amateurs throughout the world and is one of four current ACC golfers (Virginia Elena Carter / Duke, 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion, Leona Maguire Duke / 2017 British Ladies Amateur Championship and Jennifer Kupcho / Wake Forest, qualifier) who will compete in the 156-player field.

“I am embracing the whole experience of the U.S. Open this week,” said Metraux shortly after a welcome dinner for the players at Trump National on Monday.  “Playing in the U.S. Open is going to be an amazing experience.  To be able to play alongside the best players in the world is going to be a great test.  For me, playing against all of these great players is about me knowing where I am at as a golfer.  This is the best opportunity I will have to test my game and show me what I need to work on.”

Metraux, an accomplished international golfer, has played in 31 career events as a Seminole including the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Championships, three NCAA Regional Championships (San Antonio in 2015, Shoal Creek in 2016 and Columbus in 2017) and three ACC Championships.

“I am thrilled for Morgane to have earned the opportunity to play in the U.S. Open,” said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond.  “it’s a great opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world in arguably one of the best events in the world.  Playing in the U.S. Open is a testament to how well Morgane has played this year and for her to play in this event is icing on the cake.  She will gain valuable experience that will help her as she enters her senior season at Florida State.”

Bond, who is recruiting overseas, will arrive at the U.S. Open on Friday to watch Metraux play in her second round and hopefully over the weekend.

Seminole Assistant Coach Robert Duck has the privilege of serving as Metraux’s caddie for the championship.

“I am very excited to have been asked by one of our players to caddie for her in the U.S. Open,” said Duck.   “To have the opportunity to watch Morgane progress to this level and play against the best in the world is a proud moment and one that I will always remember.”

Duck has worked with Metraux during each of the first three years of her Seminole career.  Metraux’s stroke average has improved throughout her career; she earned a career-low 72.26 stroke average in earning All-ACC and All-American Third Team honors by GolfWeek as a junior.

“I think Morgane has a great chance to play well this week,” said Duck.  “She drives the ball so well and is a strong putter – two things you have to do well to pass a U.S. Open test.  This is a very fair golf course and one that Morgane can do well on.  I know she will play well and be fun to watch this week.”

Metraux earned All-American Honorable Mention Honors from the WGCA, All-American Third-Team Honors by GolfWeek and All-ACC honors as a junior in 2017.  She earned All-Region honors from the WGCA following her performance at the 2015 San Antonio Regional Championships and has played in two NCAA Championship Finals during her career (2016 in Eugene and 2017 in Sugar Grove).  Metraux finished in a tie for 20th place at the NCAA Championship Finals at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.  Her placing at the 2016 Championship Finals saw her tie the school record for best finish (tied for 20th), best tournament score (289) and best tournament score vs. par (+1) in an NCAA Championship in school history.

Metraux will begin play in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open at 2:42 p.m. on Thursday from hole No. 1.  She is playing with Marissa Steen of the United States and Carly Booth of Scotland.

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