EUGENE, Ore. (seminoles.com) – Sophomore Morgane Metraux is in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings and Florida State is in 13thplace in the team standings after two rounds of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships at the Eugene Country Club. The Seminoles are two strokes behind 12th place Arkansas, one stroke ahead of 14thplace Ohio State, two strokes ahead of 15th place Virginia and four strokes ahead of 16th place Georgia as the teams begin play in Sunday’s third round. In a tightly bunched group of teams, the Seminoles are only four strokes out of the magical eighth place standing – with the top eight teams after stroke place advancing to match play on Tuesday.
The top 15 teams in the team standings after the third round will advance to the final round of stroke play on Monday. At the conclusion of stroke play on Monday, the top eight teams in the standings will advance to match play on Tuesday and Wednesday to decide the team champion. The individual champion will be crowned after 54 holes are played and Monday’s round is complete.
Southern California, which shot the best team round of the second round vaulted past UCLA, Washington and Oklahoma State and is in first place in the team standings with a two-day total of 569. The Trojans are five strokes ahead of Washington and eight strokes ahead of UCLA in the team standings. Dewi Weber of Miami is the individual leader in the individual standings with 36-hole total of 135.
“Again, we didn’t get off to the best of starts but they scratched and clawed their way back,” head coach Amy Bond said. “We are getting closer to putting together a great round — it’s just a matter of time. We’ve put ourselves in position to make a run tomorrow if we can continue to be patient.”
Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) carded her second consecutive score of par or better with an even par 72 in the second round. She has a two day total of 142 after shooting a two under par score of 70 in the first round. Metraux’s round was highlighted by an eagle on the par five hole No. 17. Her eagle allowed her to move to 1-under par through her first 17 holes. Metraux carded 15 holes at par or better with one eagle, one birdie and 13 holes scored at par. She is tied for 10th with eight other players and is seven strokes behind the lead of Weber of Miami.
Metraux’s eagle was the third of her Seminole career and her second of the spring season. She also carded an eagle in the second round of the Briar’s Creek Invitational on March 21, 2016.
“Morgane put together another great round,” Bond said. “I thought there were two defining moments in her round: when she got an up and down out of the hazard on No. 14 and made eagle on 17.”
“I didn’t hole as many putts today and my iron game was not as precise as it was yesterday,” said Metraux. “But I managed to get the ball up and down a lot which kept me going. I holed a great putt for my eagle. I am very proud of our team and the way we battled back to be only four shots out of the top eight teams. I certainly believe in my teammates and believe we can move up the leaderboard. We are all playing great golf; it’s just a matter of putting it together at the same time.”
Florida State was led on the leaderboard by sophomore Kayla Jones (Milton, Ga.) who carded a 2-under par score of 70. She carded five birdies during the round including back-to-back birdies on holes four and five. Jones was below par for 15 of the 18 holes and was as many as three strokes under par during the round.
“I stayed patient today when I felt things were getting tough,” Jones said. “There were a lot of birdies out there today and that gives me confidence going into tomorrow.”
With her under par score, Jones improved her individual standing by 36 places after her first round score of 75 had her in 69th place. She begins play in the third round in a tie for 33rd place in the individual standings. Jones’ score of 70 was her first sub-par round since shooting a 68 in the second round of the Briar’s Creek Invitational on March 21, 2016.
“K.J. played a great round of golf when we need it today,” Bond said. “She was in total control for the entire round and it was great to see her back in action.”
Junior Matilda Castren shot a 1-over par score of 73 and is in a tie for 68th place in the individual standings with a two round total of 148. She has carded scores of 75 and 73.
Florida State is currently placed ahead of three teams – No. 1 Alabama (23rd place, 592 two-round total), No. 4 Florida (tied for 17th place, 590 two-day total) and No. 6 Georgia (tied for 18th place, 589 two-day total) – ranked in the nation’s top 10. Should the Seminoles finish ahead of No. 1 Alabama, it would mark the second consecutive event they have finished ahead of the No. 1 team in the nation. Florida State finished second to Alabama’s fourth place finish at the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championships.
NOTES: Morgane Metraux carded a team-high five birdies in the first round – the fourth time she has carded five birdies in a round this season…Kim Metraux, born in this day in 1995, celebrated her 21st birthday on the course at the NCAA Championships…Kayla Jones carded four birdies – the most since she totaled six in shooting a 68 in the second round of the 3M Lady Jaguar Invitational on March 12, 2016…Jones’ five birdies marked the fifth time this year she has carded four or more birdies in a single round…
NCAA Championship Finals/Par 72/May 20-25, 2016
Eugene Country Club/Eugene, Ore./Second Round Florida State Results
13/24-Florida State, 295+290=585
T10-Morgane Metraux, 70+72=142
T33-Kayla Jones, 75+70=145
T69-Matilda Castren, 75+73=148
T85-Lydia Gumm, 75+75=150
T122-Kim Metraux, 79+76=155
NCAA Championship Finals/Par 72/May 20-25, 2016
Eugene Country Club/Eugene, Ore./Second Round Team Results
1-Southern California, 289+280=569
T5-Oklahoma State, 284+295-579
T9-South Carolina, 293+289=582
13-Florida State, 295+290=585
14-Ohio State, 293+293=586
T17-North Carolina, 298+292=590
24-Brigham Young, 294+306=600