“I had to learn how to learn,” is how senior Morgane Metraux characterized her first year as a Florida State student-athlete.
Coming from one of the most accomplished students and most decorated athletes in FSU history, that may sound a little hard to believe.
Metraux will walk in commencement exercises on May 4 with the Florida State Class of 2018 and will leave a legacy of incredible academic achievement. She has earned a 3.93 grade-point average and will earn her degree in management. Metraux has been named to the President’s List (signifying a perfect 4.0 grade-point average) four times, to the Dean’s List three times and is a regular on the ACC Academic Honor Roll, the All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf team and the WGCA All-American Scholar team (having been named three times each).
Metraux’s list of accomplishments on the golf course is as impressive as her academic credentials. She earned All-American and All-ACC honors in 2017, has won three individual championships and owns the fourth-best career scoring average in school history. Metraux is one of four players in school history to have won at least three titles, and holds two of the top five single season averages.
So what were the things she had to learn as a freshman?
“I think my first year I struggled a little trying to juggle between studying and practicing,” said the younger of the two Metraux sisters on the Seminole women’s golf team.
Quickly, though, she learned, with the help of her Florida State golf family, how to organize her responsibilities and become efficient within the way she went about acclimating herself to being a college student-athlete.
“Each year since my freshman year, I feel like I have had more time to accomplish the things I wanted to,” said Metraux. “Every year I organized myself better, I knew how to work and I learned how to learn, which is one of the most important skills I have gained at Florida State. By getting better at those aspects of my life, I was able to gain a lot of time. It was really about being more efficient with my studies, which allowed for more of a balance between my academics and my time spent on the golf course.”
As a freshman, Metraux earned Dean’s List honors in both the fall and spring semesters, was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll, and earned WGCA All-America Scholar recognition in the classroom and earned All-NCAA San Antonio Regional honors on the course. Her performance and 10th-place finish in the individual standings in the San Antonio Regional Championships was a preview of what she would accomplish in the course during the remainder of her career.
In the three years since her freshman season, Metraux has excelled in the classroom and realized a steady drop in her stroke average, as she continued to become increasingly efficient in every aspect of her life.
Metraux has worked to drop her scoring average by more than two full strokes, has earned 10 top-10 finishes, won three individual championships and helped lead the Seminoles to seven tournament victories
“Morgane has been a team leader in the classroom and on the course,” said Seminole head coach Amy Bond. “She’s had success with tournament wins along with being an All-ACC team member and All-American. Her game has progressed in so many ways.”
Metraux has grown into her role as a team leader, which is the aspect of her career of which she is most proud.
“I’ve learned a lot,” she says about her career. “I’ve learned a lot about the game of golf, but I’ve learned more about life. I learned how to take care of myself and I’ve learned how to move forward through the stages of my life. Being at Florida State has taught me so much, life-wise.”
Metraux credits her teammate and sister Kim, who is two years older, with being a guiding force in her maturation process as a person.
“Having my sister with me has been incredible,” said Metraux. “I think the most beneficial time was in the beginning when we were both in a new environment, in a new country and having to learn a new language. We had nobody else but each other, really. It was really helpful to know that we could count on and help each other. Now, it’s sharing the experiences rather than helping each other.”
Though the sisters weren’t a package deal when they were being recruited, they made all of their visits together.
“We visited every school together, said Metraux. “We thought that if we liked the same school we’d go together. If not, we would go to different schools. But we both loved Florida State, and we decided to become Seminoles.”
Bond, who has now coached two sets of sisters at Florida State, feels the same way.
“Morgane and Kim had a plan in place when they first set foot on Florida State’s campus,” said Bond. “That plan was to get a great education; to do everything in the classroom that they could — I don’t think they’ve made one B or maybe an A-minus in their careers — both of them. They had a certain dream of what they wanted to get accomplished while they were here and I think they have check-marked those boxes from an academic perspective. I think they are pretty close on the golf side, but we’ve got some work left to do (beginning with the NCAA Tallahassee Regional May 7-9). In the end, they’ll end up checking those boxes as well.”
In one word, Metraux characterized her Florida State career as successful.
“I’ve gotten everything I could have imagined and more as a student-athlete at Florida State,” said Metraux.
Morgane Metraux continues to prove that college is a continuous learning process.