EUGENE, Ore. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State University women’s golf team is in 15th place in the team standings and will play in Monday’s fourth round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at the Eugene Country Club. The Seminoles finished within the top 15, will move to the knockout round and will continue playing for the national championship. Florida State will compete in Monday’s final round of stroke play in order to advance to match play which begins on Tuesday and concludes on Wednesday with the winning team earning the national championship. Match play includes the top eight teams in the final stroke play standings.
“I’m super proud of the girls and the way the girls hung in there today,” head coach Amy Bond said. “It was a great team effort and we are going to cut it loose tomorrow and see what happens.”
Florida State began the third round in 13th place and stayed on the cusp of qualifying for the fourth round throughout the day. The Seminoles battled Michigan, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida through the second half of their back nine before finishing inside the top 15 cutline to advance to play in Monday. Florida State will be joined by the Tar Heels and Crimson Tide in Monday’s fourth round while Michigan, Tennessee and Florida saw their seasons come to an end. The Seminoles finished the third round two strokes ahead of Tennessee, three strokes ahead of Florida and four strokes ahead of Michigan.
“I was very nervous in the last hour,” said Bond of the Seminoles’ nearly hour long wait between the end of their round and the completion of the round for all of the teams. “It’s nerve racking. Ultimately we, as coaches, don’t have any control over what the girls do but it’s much harder on the outside for me to stay patient. I was pacing and moving throughout the round but now I am elated for them and very excited to be in this position.”
The Seminoles were led on the leaderboard by Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) who carded a 76 on the third round and who has a total of 218 for the first three rounds. She is in a tie for 26th place in the individual standings.
Metraux has carded scores of 70-72-76 in the first three rounds of the event and has been the Seminoles’ leader throughout the event. She carded three birdies in the third round including her final birdie on her 17th hole which moved the Seminoles’ back into 15th place in the team standings.
“My short game and my putting have been especially key for me in this tournament,” Metraux said. “Today I struggled a little more with my whole game but I am really happy that we made it through for tomorrow. We battled so hard and it paid off in the end. We’ll need a good round tomorrow to have a chance to make the top eight – but the opportunity to play one more round is great.”
Florida State was led on the scoreboard by junior All-American Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) who carded a 1 over par score of 73. She was extremely consistent throughout the third round with one birdie and 16 holes scored at par or better. Castren carded nine consecutive holes scored at par during the middle of the round and was never more than one stroke over par during the round.
Castren is a total of two strokes over par in the last two rounds with consecutive scores of 73. She has carded a total of four birdies and only six of 36 holes over par in the last two rounds – and none more than a bogey.
“I have hit the ball better these past two days and have given myself many birdie opportunities,” Castren said. “I hoping the putts will fall tomorrow for a better score.”
Junior captain Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) carded a 74 in the third round after consecutive scores of 75 in the first two rounds. She, too, helped the Seminoles close out the round with five consecutive holes scored at par (14-18) and an even par back nine. Gumm totaled two birdies during the third round – more than her total (one) in the first two rounds of the tournament.
Southern Cal continued to hold the lead in the team standings with a three-round total of 860. The Trojans are two strokes ahead of both UCLA and Duke. Florida State is only 10 strokes out of moving into the eight place position in the team standings. Virginia Elena Cargta of Duke is the individual leader with a 13-under par total of 203 for the first three rounds. She carded a 66 in Sunday’s third round.
Florida State will play with Alabama and North Carolina in Monday’s fourth round beginning at 11:50 PT. The Seminoles will work to move up the leaderboard and take over one of the top eight spots in the team standings in order to qualify for the match play portion of the tournament which will decided the 2016 national champion in women’s golf.
NOTES: Florida State is playing in its school record 13th match of the season at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships…sophomore Kim Metraux is playing in her 13th event of the season…Caroline Westrup played in 17 matches as a sophomore in 2007…her total included three matches in the NCGA Match Play Championships and one as an individual in the 2007 NCAA Championship Finals…Morgane Metraux and Kayla Jones have carded a team leading nine birdies in the first three rounds of the championship…Morgane Metraux’s third career eagle in the second round is one of 10 eagles carded during the first two rounds of the event…nine different players carded an eagle during the first three rounds of the championship…Castren has now played in a single-season career-high 12 events and in a single-season career-high 32 rounds this season…Castren’s 72.66 career stroke average is the best in school history…Lydia Gumm has played in a single-season career-high 12 matches and a single- season career high 35 rounds…Kayla Jones is averaging a career-low 74.91 strokes in 60 rounds during 21 career events…Jones has birdied hole No. 11 in each of the first three rounds of the tournament.
NCAA Championship Finals/Par 72/May 20-25, 2016
Eugene Country Club/Eugene, Ore./Third Round Florida State Results
15/24-Florida State, 295+290+298=883
T27-Morgane Metraux, 70+72+76=218
T58-Matilda Castren, 75+73+72=221
T81-Lydia Gumm, 75+75+74=224
T81-Kayla Jones, 75+70+79=224
T110-Kim Metraux, 79+76+75=230
NCAA Championship Finals/Par 72/May 20-25, 2016
Eugene Country Club/Eugene, Ore./Third Round Team Results
1-Southern California, 289+280+291=860
7-South Carolina, 293+289+290=872
T10-Oklahoma State, 284+295+297=876
T12-North Carolina, 298+292+291=881
15-Florida State, 295+290+298=883
22-Ohio State, 293+293+306=892
24-Brigham Young, 294+306+298=898