GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Senior Morgane Metraux finished in a tie for third and sophomore Amanda Doherty finished in a tie for fifth in the individual standings, and the Florida State women’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings as play in the rain-soaked third round of the ACC Women’s Golf Championship came to a close at the Grandover Resort. The individual finishes for Morgane Metraux and Doherty marked the first time in school history the Seminoles had two players finish in the top five of the ACC Championships. Florida State’s second place team finish marked the first time in school history the Seminoles finished in the top-two in consecutive seasons after also finishing in second place in 2017.
Duke won its 21st overall ACC Championship as Florida State finished in second place and Clemson finished third. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers by one stroke to earn the runner-up finish. Duke’s Leona Maguire defeated teammate Jaravee after three playoff holes to win her third career ACC individual championship.
“This was a good week for our team.” Said Head Coach Amy Bond. “We didn’t have our best stuff today, but we had enough to earn a really good finish. We learned a lot about ourselves, and we are looking forward to getting prepared for the regional in two weeks.”
Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) earned the best ACC finish of her career as she carded an even par 72 in the third round to finish with a 2-under par score of 214. She played the final two rounds of the event at three under par with scores of 69 in the second and 72 in the final round. Metraux totaled three birdies and was never more than one stroke above par despite the incredible tough conditions in the final round. She birdied two of her last five holes to hold her top-five standing and gain the highest ACC Championships finish since Maria Salinas finished in a tie for second place in 2014.
“It feels great to have finally earned a good individual result at the conference championship,” said Metraux. “With my wrist being injured, I have not been in the mix coming into the last round all spring so having that feeling again now is great. It also comes at a perfect time for the postseason. Also, I have not been able to practice as much as I would have wanted to in the last few months so knowing I can compete even in these tough conditions is a great confidence boost.”
In becoming only the 10th player in school history to finish in third place or higher in the ACC Championships, Metraux earned her seventh career top-five finish, her best finish in four career ACC Championship appearances and finished under par in a three-round tournament for the 10th time in her career. With an average of 71.33 strokes in three rounds in the event, she dropped her career scoring average to 73.39 – the fourth lowest career average in school history. In addition, her minus 2 score of 214 gave her the lowest score vs. par in the ACC Championships in school history.
“The second place finish for our team comes at a great time and it will boost our confidence for the regionals,” said Metraux. “We have put in a lot of work and it finally paid off nicely. We are excited for regionals; they cannot come soon enough.”
Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) earned the best ACC finish of her career and the third career top-five finish of her career as she totaled an even par 216 for the three-round event. She established a personal career best for a 36 hole score with first and second round totals of 72-67 for a two-round total of 139. Doherty’s score of 67 in the second round tied the ACC Championships course record at the Grandover.
Senior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) also earned the best ACC Championships finish of her career as she finished in a tie or 20th in the individual standings. She carded an even par 72 in the third and final round to finish with a three-round total of 222. Metraux carded scored of 71 in the first round and 72 in the third round and finished the tournament with 11 birdies.
Entering the NCAA Regional Championships, Kim Metraux has earned a total of 17 career top-20 finishes with four coming during her senior season.
Florida State will play host to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship May 7-8-9 at the Don Veller Seminole Club. The Seminoles will play in the regional with the teams being announced on Wednesday, April 29 at 5:30 on the Golf Channel. The regional championship is the first round of the NCAA Tournament for women’s golf with the NCAA Championship schedule for May 17-23 at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
FLORIDA STATE NOTES: Florida State finished in the top two of the standings in the ACC Championships in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history…As a team, Florida State finish minus 6 on hole No. 6 with six birdies in the three rounds during the 2018 ACC Championships…the Seminoles were minus three on hole No. 7 with four birdies and only one score above par (a bogey)…the Seminoles have had multiple top-10 individual finishers in the ACC Championships nine times – most recently in 2012 when Maria Salinas finished in a tie for 2nd and Jessica Negron finished in a tie for seventh…Previous years with multiple top-10 finishers for the Seminoles: 1992 (Mary Cobick, T2; Erica Firnhaber, T7; Marie-Josee’ Rouleau), 1993 (Kelly Pittman, 6th; Mabel Pascual del Pobil, T10; Marie-Josee’ Rouleau, T10), 1995 (Tiffany Faucette, T3; Karen Stupples, 6; Kate Burton, 7), 1997 (Amy Spooner, T8; Aguri Okura, T10), 1998 (Sarah Capie, T9; Amy Bond, T9), 1999 (Amy Spooner, 3; Erika Iding, T4; Amy Bond, T6), 2008 (Caroline Westrup, 2; Macarena Silva, T9), 2012 (Maria Salinas, T2; Jessica Negron, T7) and 2018 (Morgane Metraux, T3, Amanda Doherty, T5).
ACC Championship/Par 72/April 21-23, 2018
Grandover Resort East Course/Greensboro, N.C./Final Florida State Results
2/12.-Florida State, 291+289+296=876
T3.-Morgane Metraux, 73+69+72=214
T5.-Amanda Doherty, 72+67+77=216
T20.-Kim Metraux, 71+79+72=222
T37.-Kathleen Sumner, 75+74+79=228
T47.-Kayla Jones, 76+81+75=232
ACC Championship/Par 72/April 21-23, 2018
Grandover Resort East Course/Greensboro, N.C./Final Round Team Results
2-Florida State, 291+289+296=876
5-Wake Forest, 207+293+300=890
T8-North Carolina, 306+288+301=895
T8-NC State, 303+299+293=895
10-Notre Dame, 300+304+293=897
11-Virginia Tech, 300+298+301=899
12.-Boston College, 313+300+309=922