May 10, 2017 - by
Women’s Golf Advances To NCAA Championship Finals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (seminoles.com) – The No 5 ranked Florida State women’s golf team advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals for the second consecutive season as they finished in third place in the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University.  The Seminoles earned their second highest regional finish in school history and will play at the NCAA Finals for the ninth time in school history.

The 24-team event is at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., May 19-24, 2017. The Seminoles will be joined in Sugar Grove by Florida (tied for first), South Carolina (tied for first), Ohio State (fourth), Purdue (fifth) and Michigan (sixth) from the Columbus Regional Championship.  After playing in the championship finals last year, the Seminoles are making back-to-back appearances in the finals for only the third time in school history.  With its third place finish in the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship, the Seminoles have finished third or higher in nine consecutive events and in 10 of 11 total events during the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017.

“Our team came out in on a mission,” said Head Coach Amy Bond.  “Goal No. 1 has been accomplished and now onto the second one which is the national championship.  This is the hardest week of the season to get through.  Now that we are through it’s time to have a little bit of fun and play some more golf.”

Florida State played its best golf of the third and final round of the tournament on the back nine.  The Seminoles combined to card 10 birdies on the final four holes with each of their five players recording a birdie in hole No. 14.  The team recorded a total of 13 birdies on the back nine after combining for a total of seven on their front nine.  Florida State played the second best team round of the day (and its best of the 54-hole tournament) as they carded a team total of 294.

Florida State was led on the leaderboard by junior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) who finished in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings.  She carded scores of 77-73-73 for a three-day total of 223.  She was a sensational 1-under par on the back nine with three birdies and seven of nine holes scored at par or better.  Metraux was 2-under par over her final eight holes to finish as Florida State’s leader for the first time this season.

 

Women’s Golf Advances To NCAA Championship Finals

 

Three Seminoles – senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.), junior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) – all finished in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings with identical scores of 224.  Gumm carded a 1-over par score of 73 in the final round; Morgane Metraux closed with a 78 and Doherty finished with a 72.  The Seminoles were the only team in the 18-team field to have four golfers finish in the top-15 of the individual standings.

“We are super excited to go back to nationals,” said Gumm.  “It’s nice to go to nationals with experience on our side this year.  This is what we have worked for all year and it’s just another part of the process.  We believe in each other so much and it’s going to be exciting to see what we can do in Chicago.”

2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship/Par 72/Final FSU Results
The Scarlet Course at Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio/May 8-10, 2017
3/18.-Florida State, 299+298+294=891
T11.-Kim Metraux, 77+73+73=223
T13.-Morgane Metraux 72+74+78=224
T13.-Lydia Gumm, 75+76+73=224
T13.-Amanda Doherty, 75+77+72=224
T43.-Matilda Castren, 80+75+76=231

2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship/Par 72/Final Team Results
The Scarlet Course at Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio/May 8-10, 2017
T1.-Florida, 297+293++296=886
T1.-South Carolina, 309+289+288=886
3.-Florida State 299+298+294=891
4.-Ohio State, 302+289+302=893
5.-Purdue, 302+305+297=904
6.-Michigan, 312+293+303=898
7.-Colorado, 313+299+297=909
8.-Arkansas, 309+301+300=910
9.-Texas A&M, 308+301+308=917
10.-San Jose State, 310+304+306=920
T11.-Houston, 323+300+305=928
T11.-Old Dominion, 327+297+304=928
13.-Wisconsin, 314+302+314=930
14.-Louisville, 314+300+319=933
15.-Delaware, 320+310+308=938
16.-Kentucky, 326+311+306=943
17.-Missouri State, 324+215+329=968
18.-Cleveland State, 340+328+328=996
 

SEMINOLE NOTES: Florida State will make its ninth NCAA Championship Finals appearance in school history (1992, 14th; 1994, 18th; 1999, 13th; 2003, 19th, 2004, 19th; 2006, 16th; 2010, 10th; 2016, T15th) and second under Head Coach Amy Bond (2016, T15th and 2017)…the Seminoles’ appearance in the NCAA Championship Finals in 2017 marks just the third time in school history they will play in the finals in consecutive years (1991 and 1992 / 2003 and 2004 / 2016 and 2017)…seniors Matilda Castren and Lydia Gumm and juniors Kim Metraux and Morgane Metraux will each make their second consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championship Finals…Florida State’s consecutive top three team finishes in the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship (second) and the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship (third) mark the two highest regional championship finishes in school history…with its third place finish in the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship, the Seminoles have finished third or higher in nine consecutive events ad in 10 of 11 total events during the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017…Morgane Metraux has now finished as Florida State as Florida State’s leader in six events this year (Schooner Fall Classic, Jim West Challenge, Cardinal Cup, Florida State Match-Up, The Dickson Intercollegiate and the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship)…three current Seminoles (Matilda Castren in 2016; Morgane Metraux in 2015 and Kim Metraux in 2016) have all earned at least one top-10 regional championship individual finish in their careers.

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