PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Junior Kim Metraux carded a 3-under par score of 69 and is in a tie for third place in the individual standings, and the No. 4 ranked Seminole women’s golf team is in a tie for third place in the team standings after the first round of the 29th Annual ACC Championship tournament at the Reserve Club of Pawley’s Island.
Metraux is only one stroke out of the individual lead and the Seminoles are only three strokes out of the team lead with two rounds and 36 holes remaining to be played.
No. 8 Duke, which has won a league-record 19 ACC women’s golf championships, leads the team standings as the Blue Devils carded a 4-under par score of 284. The Blue Devils were led in the first round by Leona Maguire who carded a 4-under par score of 68. Maguire is tied for the individual lead with Bryana Nguyen of North Carolina.
With two players in the top 10 of the individual standings (Kim Metraux, tied for third and Lydia Gumm, tied for sixth), the Seminoles are one of only three teams in the 12–team event with multiple players in the top 10 of the individual standings. Miami has three players while North Carolina and Florida State have two players in the top 10. The Seminoles counted two individual scores under par and finished with a 1-under par team score. It marked only the second time in school history the Seminoles have finished a round in the ACC Championships with a below par team score. The Seminoles’ under par score of 287 marked the 20th time in 29 rounds this year they have scored below par.
“The first round of the ACC Championship is under our belts,” said head coach Amy Bond. “The more we play this course the more comfortable we are going to get on this course. We did a lot of good things day but also let a couple of holes slip away from us – something we need to tidy up in the next two rounds. I feel like we are in good shape and are looking forward to the next two days of golf.”
Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) turned in the low round of the day for the Seminoles, a 3-under par 69. She finished the round tied for the team lead with four birdies including two on her near perfect back nine. After a birdie on her first hole, she played near flawless golf the rest of the way. She was as many as three strokes under par as she finished at two under par over the course of her final 12 holes of the afternoon.
“I was very confident on the course today,” said Metraux. “I hit my irons well and made all of my putts from 10 feet and in. Our entire team is looking forward to the next two days. I think we are all very confident.”
Metraux tied the school record for first round play in the ACC Championship with her 69. Her score of 69 was also her personal ACC Championships best and marked her second score in the 60’s this spring. Metraux carded a 68 in the first round of the Notre Dame Clover Cup on March 17. Her score also marked only the seventh score in the 60’s at the ACC Championship in school history.
Senior captain Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) carded a 2-under par score of 70. She begins play in the second round in a tie for sixth place and only two strokes out of the individual lead. Gumm played her best golf early and late in the round. She birdied her first hole and was 2 strokes under par after her first 10 holes. She then played her final four holes at 2 under par with two birdies. Gumm carded 16 holes at par or better during the round.
“I was happy with the way I played especially battling back towards the end,” said Gumm. “I’m really proud of our team and fell like we are in good position heading into tomorrow.”
For Gumm, her score of 70 was her best first round score of the spring, tied her ACC Championships career best and was her ninth round scored a par or better this spring.
Senior All-American Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) is in a tie for 18th place in the individual standings with a 1-over par score of 73. She finished the round with three birdies and 14 holes scored at par or better. Castren was 1-under par on her front nine with two birdies and 2-over par on her back nine with one birdie.
Castren, who is playing in her school-record tying fourth consecutive ACC Championship, has carded five rounds in ACC play at 73 or better including a pair of first round 69’s in the 2014 and 2015 championships.
Junior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) are tied for 34th place in the individual standings with identical scores of 75.
Morgane Metraux has now carded five of seven career ACC Championship rounds at 75 or better. Doherty, who is playing in her first career ACC Championship, earned one birdie and scored 14 holes at par or better. She has now carded 17 consecutive rounds scored at 75 or better.
Florida State will once again play in the lead group with Miami and Duke starting a 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning from hole No. 1.
ACC Network Extra coverage of the ACC Women’s Golf Championship begins Friday with live streaming from 2 until 4 p.m. Final-round action coverage is set for Saturday from 1 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 links below.
ACC Network Extra
Friday, April 14 begins at 2 p.m. http://es.pn/2okvNxi
Saturday, April 14 begins at 1 p.m. http://es.pn/2okkYNy
Florida State Notes: Florida State is making its 26th appearance in the ACC Women’s Golf Championship…the Seminoles played in their first ACC Championship in 1992 placing second – two strokes behind North Carolina…Seminole head coach Amy Bond is participating in her 16th ACC Championship for Florida State (seven as a head coach, five as an assistant coach, four as a player)…Bond finished in a tie for 6th place in the individual standings at the 1999 ACC Championships with a three round score of 225…she carded a personal career ACC Championships best single round score of 71 in the first round of the 1999 event in leading the Seminoles to a second place finish in the event…Bond, who was one of three Seminoles named to the ACC 50th Anniversary team in 1998, earned four top 20 individual finishes in ACC Play as a senior…she finished in a tie for sixth in 1999, a tie for ninth in 1998, a tie for 13th in 1997 and in 19thplace in 1996…the best single round score by a Seminole player in the ACC Championships was a 65 carded by Kristin Tamulis in the third round of the 2003 event…the lowest three-round tournament score by a Florida State player (213) has come twice in ACC Championships play — by Katie Quinney in 2004 and Caroline Westrup in 2008…the best first round score by a Florida State player in the ACC Championships is a 69 carded by Mary Cobick in the first round of the 1992 tournament and by Kim Metraux in the first round of the 2017 tournament…a total of seven rounds in the 60’s have been carded in ACC Championship play by six different Seminole players (65 by Tamulis in 2003, 66 by Caroline Westrup in 2007, 69 by Matilda Castren in 2014, 69 by Cobick in 1992, 69 by Castren in 2015, 69 by Alex Milan in 2015, 69 by Kim Metraux in 2017)…only one Seminole (Westrup at 2008) has carded three rounds in the same ACC Championship at par or better…Florida State’s best single team round – a 7-under par 281 – came in the first round of the 2015 championship at Sedgefield.
29TH Annual ACC Championships/Par 72/April 13-15, 2017/First Round Florida State Results
The Reserve Golf Club/Pawley’s Island, S.C.
T3/12.-Florida State, 287
T3.-Kim Metraux, 69
T6.-Lydia Gumm, 70
T18.-Matilda Castren, 73
T34.-Morgane Metraux, 75
T34.-Amanda Doherty, 75
29TH Annual ACC Championships/Par 72/April 13-15, 2017/First Round Team Results
The Reserve Golf Club/Pawley’s Island, S.C.
T3.-Florida State, 287
T3.-North Carolina, 287
6.-NC State, 297
T7.-Boston College, 298
T7.-Notre Dame, 298
T10.-Virginia Tech, 304
12.-Wake Forest, 312