PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Florida State junior Kim Metraux is in a tie for first place in the individual standings, and the No. 4 Seminole women’s golf team is in a tie for second place in the team standings with one round to play in the 29thAnnual ACC Championships at the Reserve Club at Pawley’s Island. Metraux begins play in Saturday’s final round tied with Duke’s Leona Maguire as she plays for the first individual ACC Championship in school history.
Florida State is nine strokes behind Duke in the race for the team championship. The Seminoles are tied with both Clemson and North Carolina as they play for the first ACC team championship in school history.
No. 10 Duke shot the only below par team score of the second round to maintain its placing in the team standings. With a 570 total for the first 36 holes of the event, the Blue Devils increased their lead over the second place teams from one stroke after the first round to nine strokes after two rounds. Duke is looking to win its ACC record 20th ACC Championship. Metraux and Maguire will begin play in the final round with identical 4-under par scores of 140. Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest is in third place with a two-day total of 141.
“We are going to go out tomorrow and take advantage of the what the course will give us,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “We have to post a number and make the others catch us. We are a good team and we have the ability to play very well tomorrow.”
Florida State counted under par scores of 71 from Kim Metraux and senior Matilda Castren, a 74 from senior Lydia Gumm and a 76 by freshman Amanda Doherty. The Seminoles round of 292 was tied for the third best round of the afternoon among the 12 teams in the field.
Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) improved her standing by two positions in the individual standings as she carded a 1-under par 71 in the second round. It was her second consecutive below par score and gave her a 36-hole total of 140. Metraux finished tied for the team lead with four birdies and was never above par during the round. She moved into a first place tie in the individual standings with Maguire on the 18th hole as she earned a par 5 while Maguire earned a bogey 6.
“I am very pleased with the way I have played during the first two rounds; my game feels very good,” said Metraux. “I am looking forward to tomorrow and am going to battle with my teammates. I’m going to do the same things I have done in the first two rounds in my approach to the final round. I am going to continue to enjoy every single moment of the tournament and go in without too many expectations.”
The individual co-leaders will not play in the final group of the final round as the Seminoles will play with Miami and NC State beginning at 8:30 a.m. while the Blue Devils will with North Carolina and Clemson beginning at 9:20. Each of those six teams will play from hole No. 1.
Metraux enters the final round of the ACC Championship playing her best golf her junior year. Her scores of 69-71 mark the first time this year she has played both of her first two rounds of an event below par. Her 140 total for the first 36 holes is the third time this year she has totaled 140 or better for the first two rounds of an event.
Castren (Espoo, Finland) and Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) enter the third round both in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings. Castren carded a 1-under par 71 and Gumm a 2-over par 74 in the second round.
Castren continued to play inspired golf as she carded her fourth career under par round in ACC Championships play which allowed her to improve her individual standing by 11 positions. Her 144 total for the first 36 holes is tied for her second best in this event as she plays in it for the school-record tying fourth time.
Castren birdied two of her first four holes and was 1-under par when she made the turn. With one birdie and eight holes played at par or better on her back nine, she carded her eighth under par score of the spring 2017 season. Castren is a total of 14 strokes under par for the spring season.
Gumm carded a two-over par 74 and is only two strokes (along with Castren) from moving into the top five of the individual standings. She earned two birdies and played 15 holes at par or better in the second round. She has earned a total of six birdies in the first two rounds of the tournament.
Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) is in a tie for 37th place in the individual standings with a two round total of 151. She is playing in her first career ACC Championship.
ACC Network Extra plans final-round action coverage is set for Saturday from 1 p.m. until the tournament’s conclusion. Mac McDonald will handle the play-by-play, with former UNC and LPGA standout Donna Andrews serving as analyst. The events streamed on ACC Network Extra are available via WatchESPN, the ESPN app to authenticated subscribers and at the following link: http://es.pn/2okkYNy.
Following their participation in the ACC Championships, the Seminoles will play in one of four NCAA Regional Championships. The regional seeds and sites will be announced on April 27.
29TH Annual ACC Championships/Par 72/April 13-15, 2017/Second Round Florida State Results
The Reserve Golf Club/Pawley’s Island, S.C.
T2/12.-Florida State, 287+292=579
T1.-Kim Metraux, 69+71=140
T7.-Matilda Castren, 73+71=144
T7.-Lydia Gumm, 70+74=144
T37.-Amanda Doherty, 75+76=151
52.-Morgane Metraux, 75+81=156
29TH Annual ACC Championships/Par 72/April 13-15, 2017/Second Round Team Results
The Reserve Golf Club/Pawley’s Island, S.C.
T2.-Florida State, 287+292=579
T2.-North Carolina, 287+292=579
T5.-NC State, 297+289=596
7.-Notre Dame, 298+297=595
T9.-Boston College, 298+299=597
11.-Virginia Tech, 304+308=612
12.-Wake Forest, 312+308=620
Florida State Notes: Florida State entered the ACC tournament with a cumulative record of 120-6 (.952 winning percentage)…the Seminoles finished first six times, second in the Florida Challenge, third in the Notre Dame Clover Cup and fourth in the Cougar Classic…the Seminoles have wins over the No. 1 team in the nation (Alabama at the Schooner Fall Classic), No. 7 Florida (at the Clemson Invitational and in match play on April 7), No. 9 Furman (Clemson Invitational), No, 11 South Carolina (Cougar Classic and Florida State Match-Up), No. 12 Kent State (Schooner Fall Classic, Jim West Challenge and The Dickson), No. 14 Arkansas (Cougar Classic), No. 19 Miami (Jim West Challenge), No. 20 Texas (Jim West Challenge and Clemson Invitational), No. 21 Texas A&M (Cougar Classic, Florida State Match-Up, The Dickson, and the Clemson Invitational), No. 23 Oklahoma (Schooner Fall Classic, Jim West Challenge, Florida State Match-Up, The Dickson and the Clemson Invitational), No. 24 Purdue (the Dickson) and No. 25 NC State (Cougar Classic)…the Seminoles’ six losses came to No. 9 Furman, No. 15 Wake Forest and No. 38 in the Cougar Fall Classic, to No. 7 Florida in the Florida Challenge) and No. 5 Arizona State and No. 23 Oklahoma in the Notre Dame Clover Cup)…Florida State finished the first round of the 2017 ACC Championship with a 287 team score and only three strokes out of the lead…it was the closest to the lead the Seminoles had been at the ACC Tournament after any given round since it trailed Wake Forest also by three strokes after the first round of the 1995 ACC Championship tournament which was played in Tallahassee…each of Florida State’s returning golfers are enjoying their best year’s and lowest stroke averages of their careers entering the third round of the 2017 ACC Championships — Matilda Castren (70.71 / Previous Best 71.83 in 2013-14), Morgane Metraux (72.21 / Previous Best 74.26 in 2015-16), Lydia Gumm (72.25 / Previous Best 74.06 in 2015-16), Kim Metraux (72.64 / Previous Best 73.53 in 2015-16)…Amanda Doherty, Florida State’s only freshman in the starting lineup is averaging 73.21 strokes this spring after averaging 73.50 strokes in four matches during the fall 2016 season…Kim Metraux’s round of 69 mark the sixth time in her career she had carded a round in the 60’s in the first round of an event…She has finished in the top 10 of the individual standings in the event in each of her previous five tournaments when she has scored in the 60’s over the first 18 holes…with her score of 70 in the first round of the 2017 ACC Championships, Lydia Gumm has carded at least one score at par or better in each of her last five tournaments…Matilda Castren is 32 strokes under par for her senior season entering the second round of the 2017 ACC Championship…Morgane Metraux is 21 strokes under par for her entire junior season entering the third round of the 2017 ACC Championships…Lydia Gumm is four strokes under par in her last five events entering the third round of the 2017 ACC Championship…Kim Metraux is four strokes under par in her last three tournaments entering the third round of the 2017 ACC Championships…ACC Freshman of the Year favorite Amanda Doherty has carded 17 of her last 18 rounds since October 24, 2016 at 75 or better.