March 6, 2016 - by
Morgane Metraux Leads Seminoles To Second Place Finish

GAINESVILLE, Fla. ( – Sophomore Morgane Metraux finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings and the No. 18 Florida State women’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings as play in the 44th Annual Gator Women’s Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course came to a close.  Metraux carded a 73 in the final round and earned the best finish of her collegiate career in leading the Seminoles to their fifth straight top five team finish.

Florida, playing on its home course, won the team championship for the first time since 2012 as it defeated runner-up Florida State by 11 strokes.  Rachel Taylor of NC State won the individual championship with an even par score of 210 – she was the only golfer in the 75-team field that finished at even par or better.  Morgane Metraux (tied for third place) and her sister Kim Metraux (tied for seventh place) helped Florida State finish as one of only three teams in the 13-team event that finished with multiple players in the top 10 of the individual standings.

“We played the round of the day and I am very pleased about that,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “The girls knew what they needed to do and they were very consistent throughout the entire round.  The aspect of our play I was most pleased about was their ability to play well in a tight race for positioning in the standings and to finish in second place.  We played against some good teams and displayed our ability to play consistently down the stretch.  I like the way we finished.”

Florida State carded the best round of the day (12 over par 292) of the 13 teams in the event – a score that allowed the Seminoles to move up from a tied for fourth place standing after two rounds into the runner-up position.  The Seminoles also finished as the top team from the ACC in the event – eight strokes ahead of NC State who finished in fifth place in the team standings.

Morgane Metraux Leads Seminoles To Second Place Finish

Morgane Metraux carded her final round score of 73 and finished with a 4 over par total of 214 to earn her best finish and her first top five placing of her Seminole career.  She was extremely consistent in the third round with 15 holes scored at par and no hole scored above a bogey.  Metraux played her final two rounds even par with only four of her final 36 holes scored above par.

“Today my putts didn’t drop but my long game was solid and that’s what brought me to my third place finish,” said Metraux.  “My game is heading in the right direction but I’m most proud of my teammates for our play this spring.  We are all getting better and are all very excited for the Lady Jaguar Invitational next week.”

Kim Metraux earned her fourth consecutive top seven finish with a 216 total for the 36-hole event.  She carded a 69 in the first round and closed the event with a 75.  Metraux is a total of 3 over par in three spring events and a cumulative total of 4 over par in seven events during her sophomore season.

Kim Metraux has now earned (in succession) a tied for third place finish at the Cardinal Cup, a tied for fifth place finish at the Florida Challenge, a runner-up finish at the Florida State Match-Up and a tied for seventh place finish at the Gator.

“I am really happy with my long game,” said Metraux.  “My long game was the best part of my game in the last two days.  “I was very happy with the way I handled the bad shots I made.  I stayed patient and that was a big part of my success today.  I am also especially proud of my teammates because we all did a great job.  Finishing with the best score of the day and another top two finish is a huge confidence boost heading into the next tournament.”

Junior Lydia Gumm earned a tied for 21st place finish with a 72 in the final round and a 22 total while sophomore Kayla Jones finished in a tied for 28th place in the individual standings with a 72 in the final round and a 224 total for the event.

Florida State continues its spring schedule as it travels to play in the 3M Lady Jaguar Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Gator Women’s Invitational/Par 70/March 5-6, 2016
Mark Bostick Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./Final Florida State Results
2/13-Florida State, 291+290=292=873
T3-Morgane Metraux, 74+67+73=214
T7-Kim Metraux, 69+72+75=216
T21-Lydia Gumm, 75+75+72=222
T28-Kayla Jones, 73+79+72=224
T50-Kayla Bloor, 78+76+76=230
T37-Dominika Gradecka, 75+74+77=226 *
*played as an individual

Gator Women’s Invitational/Par 70/March 5-6, 2016
Mark Bostick Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./Final Team Results
1-Florida, 862
2-Florida State, 873
3-Ohio State, 876
4-Oregon, 877
5-NC State, 881
6-SMU, 883
7-Kent State, 884
8-South Florida, 889
9-UCF, 895
10-Florida International, 897
11-Kansas, 903
12-Texas San Antonio, 914
13-Ole Miss, 923

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