SHOAL CREEK, Ala. (seminoles.com) – Florida State is in second place in the team standings and sophomore Kim Metraux is in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings after the first round of the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship at the Shoal Creek Country Club. The top six teams in the regional championship after three rounds of play advance to the national championship finals at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
Florida State is two strokes behind Northwestern as it plays for the first regional championship in school history. The Seminoles are one stroke ahead of Tennessee, two strokes ahead of Oklahoma State, three strokes ahead of Vanderbilt and five strokes ahead of New Mexico State. No. 1 ranked Alabama, the top seed in the region, is in seventh place – three strokes below the cutline and seven strokes behind Florida State.
Metraux, who carded a team leading 73, is in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings as she competes in her first career regional. Metraux is tied with Hannah Pietila of Tennessee and just three strokes behind Jennifer Hahn of Vanderbilt. Hahn, who carded a 2 under par score of 70, was the only player in the 96-golfer field who finished under par.
Florida State, whose best regional finish of fourth came in 2004 and 2006, entered this event ranked 22nd nationally and seeded sixth in the regional championship.
“All of our girls played within themselves today,” head coach Amy Bond said. “I was really proud of how well they all stayed in the moment and played one shot at a time. They have all been working really hard this season and they played well on a tough course against a really tough field. We know that we haven’t done anything yet; we still have two rounds of golf to play.”
Florida State finished the first round with an 11-over par score of 299 and is the only team with three players in the top 10 of the individual standings. Led by Metraux, who is in a tie for second place, junior Matilda Castren and sophomore Morgane Metraux are in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings.
Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) led the Seminoles with four birdies and 13 holes played at par or better as she played in her first career regional championship round. She was never more than one stroke above par as she carded her best single round score since carding an even par 72 in the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate on April 16, 2016.
“The conditions were tough because there was a lot of wind and it was changing directions,” said Metraux. “My long game was pretty solid, but because of the wind it was hard to hit many greens. Because of that I had to rely on my short game. My putting was great and that gave me a lot of confidence.”
Metraux, who earned All-ACC honors earlier this week, is playing for her first win of her career. She has two previous career second place finishes – at the fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic and at the spring 2016 Florida State Match-Up. Metraux finished both of those events with under par scores.
Castren, who earned All-ACC honors for the second time in her career, shot a 2 over par score of 74. Though she carded only one birdie she totaled 15 holes scored at par or better including 10 consecutive holes with one birdie and nine holes scored at par during the middle of the round.
“I felt like I played well despite the windy conditions on the very challenging golf course,” said Castren. “I hit the ball well and that allowed me to score well. I am very proud of how our entire team handled the conditions and how well we all played. We played well today and are very excited about playing in the first group tomorrow.”
Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) played a nearly perfect back nine as she finished with a 2 over par score of 74. She began her back nine with a string of seven consecutive holes scored at par before a birdie on hole No. 17. She closed out her round with a birdie on the par five hole No. 18. Metraux totaled three birdies and 14 holes at par or better. She was 1 under par on her back nine after finishing at 3 over on her first set of nine holes.
Florida State will play in the lead group with Northwestern and Tennessee beginning at 9:09 (CST) from hole No. 1 on Friday morning.
NOTES: The five Seminole golfers playing (Bloor, Castren, Gumm, Kim Metraux and Morgane Metraux) in the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship combined to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.85 during the spring 2016 academic semester with three (Bloor, Kim and Morgane Metraux) earning perfect 4.0 GPA’s…Bloor earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management on April 30, 2016 and is playing in her first career NCAA regional championship…Bloor and Kim Metraux are playing in their first career NCAA regional championship…Florida State was one of only three teams in the first round who ranked among the top six teams par three, par four and par five scoring averages…Florida State, Northwestern and Oklahoma State ranked sixth or better in all three categories…Kim Metraux finished the tied for second in scoring on par three holes (2.75, -1) and par five holes (4.50, -2)…With her score of 74 in the first round of the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship, Matilda Castren continues to rank first in school history with a career stoke average of 72.61 in 31 career events…Castren averages 72.29 strokes in seven NCAA regional championship rounds with four of seven career NCAA rounds scored a par or better…Castren has scored 37 of 85 career rounds at par or better – the second best total in school history…Four-time All-American Caroline Westrup (2006-09) holds the school record with 42 rounds played at par or better…Castren has earned 17 career top 10 finishes – Westrup holds the school record with 18 career top 10 finishes…Lydia Gumm has now played in 90 career rounds – she needs only 10 more rounds played to become only the 20th player in school history with 100 career rounds played…Morgane Metraux averages below par — 71.75 strokes — in four career NCAA regional championship rounds…
NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship/Par 72/May 5-7, 2016
Shoal Creek Country Club/Shoal Creek, Ala./First Round Florida State Results
2/18-Florida State, 299
T4-Kim Metraux, 73
T7-Matilda Castren, 74
T7-Morgane Metraux, 74
T45-Lydia Gumm, 78
T80-Kayla Bloor, 82
NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship/Par 72/May 5-7, 2016
Shoal Creek Country Club/Shoal Creek, Ala./First Round Team Results
2-Florida State, 299
4-Oklahoma State, 301
6-New Mexico State, 303
10-Notre Dame, 309
T11-Middle Tennessee, 310
T11-Iowa State, 310
17-Eastern Kentucky, 332
18-Alabama State, 333