COLUMBUS, Ohio (seminoles.com) – Florida State junior Morgane Metraux is in a tie for second place in the individual standings, and the No. 5 ranked and second seeded Seminole women’s golf team is in second place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University.
The Seminoles need to finish in the top six in the team standings to advance to the NCAA Championship Finals; the Seminoles are 10 strokes inside of the cut line with two rounds and 36 holes remaining to be played in the championship.
Florida, the top seeded team in the regional championship, leads the team standings with a 9 over par score of 297. Florida State is in second place (only two strokes behind the Gators with a 299 team score) and is followed by Purdue and Ohio State (tied for third with a scores of 302), Texas A&M is in fifth place (308 team score) and Arkansas and South Carolina who are both tied for sixth (with scores of 309).
Florida State’s Morgane Metraux is in a tie for second place in the individual standings with an even par score of 72. She is tied with Gabby Curtis of Wisconsin. The pair of Metraux and Curtis are only two strokes behind the individual leader, Marta Martin Garcia of Purdue. Martin Garcia was the only golfer in the 96-player field to finish with a below par score in the first round.
The opening round of the championship was delayed by 90 minutes because of frost on the golf course. Once play began, the 18-team field was greeted by colder than normal temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s and above average wind gusts throughout the round.
I thought we did a really good job, under some very tough conditions on a very hard golf course today,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “They played with a lot of grit today. They really hung in there and grinded their way through the whole round. I am very proud of where they are right now; they are in great position. I am really excited that today is over and we are all really looking forward to tomorrow.”
The Seminoles finished well after starting off the first round slowly. The Seminoles were a cumulative total of seven strokes over par with only three birdies on their front nine and were four strokes over par with six birdies on their back nine. Florida State’s seminole hole certainly came on hole No. 14 as senior Lydia Gumm, Morgane Metraux and freshman Amanda Doherty all earned birdies to help the team cement its second place standing and close the gap on Florida. The Seminoles trailed the Gators by four strokes at the turn before closing the gap to two strokes in the final round one standings.
“The first day you can shoot yourself out of it but you can’t win it,” said Bond. “I like where we are going into tomorrow.”
Morgane Metraux, who has won a school-record tying three individual titles this year, begins play in the second round in a tie for second place after a first round score of 72. Her round included three birdies and 15 holes scored at par or better; she was even on both sides of the course. Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) was never more than one stroke over par and played her final five holes of the round at 1 stroke under par.
“It was really tough out there today,” said Metraux. “I stuck to my game plan and hit the ball to the right spots on the greens, which is a key on this golf course. I also holed a lot of 5-6 footers for par, which kept my momentum going. Par on this golf course feel like five or six under on many other courses.”
Metraux has played well in regional championships during her career. She finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings of the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional with scores of 68-70-75. Metraux has now carded even par scores or better in three of her seven NCAA regional championship rounds with a 68 coming in the first round of the San Antonio Regional Championship.
“I am happy to have some momentum as a team in the postseason,” said Metraux. “We are in great position heading into tomorrow. We all did a great job staying in patient, which is hard to do on a day like this.”
Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) and Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) are both tied for 12th place in the individual standings with scores of 3 over par 75. Gumm carded two birdies and 13 holes scored at par or better. She earned streaks of seven consecutive holes scored at par or better on the front nine and six holes scored at par or better on the back nine. Gumm (and senior teammate Matilda Castren) is playing in her school-record tying fourth consecutive NCAA regional championship. She finished in a tie for 15th in the individual standings in the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship. Doherty, who is playing in her first career regional championship, also carded two birdies and scored 13 holes at par or better.
“I think we are in great shape for tomorrow,” said Gumm, who is in her third season as Florida State’s team captain. “The course is playing really tough but we have to continue to grind, take care of us and take what the course give us.”
Florida State will play with Florida and the host school, Ohio State, in the second round. The Seminoles, Gators and Buckeyes are scheduled to tee of beginning at 9:09 a.m. from the first tee.
2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship/Par 72/First Rd FSU Results
The Scarlet Course at Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio/May 8-10, 2017
2/18.-Florida State, 299
T2.-Morgane Metraux 72
T12.-Lydia Gumm, 75
T12.-Amanda Doherty, 75
T22.-Kim Metraux, 77
T52.-Matilda Castren, 80
2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship/Par 72/First Rd Team Results
The Scarlet Course at Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio/May 8-10, 2017
2.-Florida State 299
T3.-Ohio State, 302
5.-Texas A&M, 308
T6.-South Carolina, 309
8.-San Jose State, 310
15.-Missouri State, 324
17.-Old Dominion, 327
18-Cleveland State, 340
SEMINOLE NOTES: Florida State is playing in its school record 12th consecutive NCAA Regional Championship…the Seminoles have played in an NCAA regional championship each year since 2006…Florida State has won a school-record six team championships in 2016-17 (Schooner Fall Classic, Jim West Challenge, Cardinal Cup, Florida State Match-Up, The Dickson Intercollegiate, Clemson Invitational)…the other 12 golf-playing schools in the ACC won a total of 17 team championships (Boston College, 4; Clemson, 1, Duke, 3, Miami, 2; North Carolina, 1, NC State, 2; Wake Forest, 2)…Seminole head coach Amy Bond has led the Seminoles to a single-year school record six tournament championships this year…she has led the Seminoles to nine team championships in her first seven seasons as the head coach in Tallahassee…the winningest coach in school history is Debbie Dillman (1992-09) who led the Seminoles to 16 team championships…Bond has led the Seminoles into the NCAA Championship Tournament in each of her first seven seasons as Florida State’s head coach…Bond’s streak of taking the Seminoles’ to seven consecutive NCAA Championship tournaments ties the school record of consecutive NCAA appearances by a Florida State women’s golf coach…Debbie Dillman (Bond’s coach at Florida State) guided the Seminoles to seven consecutive NCAA appearances from 1991 through 1997…Bond played on Florida State’s NCAA Tournament teams in 1996 and 1997 and again in 1998…Florida State entered the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship as the ACC leaders with a 283.5 stroke average…the Seminoles are averaging 4.2 strokes per round fewer than Duke (287.7)…Florida State’s six team championships (Schooner Fall Classic, Jim West Challenge, Cardinal Cup, Florida State Match-Up, Dickson Intercollegiate, Clemson Invitational) are the most in a single year and one more than the Seminoles’ 1980-81 team won, five…The Seminoles counted the 1981 A.I.A.W. National Championship as their fifth and final team win of the season…Florida State’s five individual wins in 2016-17 (Morgane Metraux, 3; Matilda Castren, 2) are the most total individual wins in a single year in school history…junior Morgane Metraux has won a school-record tying three individual championships this year (Schooner Fall Classic, Florida State Match-Up and the Dickson Intercollegiate)…she is tied for the school record with Nadia Ste-Marie (1988-89) and Matilda Castren (2015-16) who also win three individual titles in one season.