COLUMBUS, Ohio (seminoles.com) – Florida State junior Morgane Metraux is in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings, and the No. 5 ranked and second seeded Seminole women’s golf team is in third place in the team standings with one round to play in the NCAA Columbus Regional Championships on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University.
Florida State begins play in Wednesday’s final round needing to finish as one of the top six teams in the field to advance to the NCAA Championship finals for the second consecutive season.
Florida State begins play in the third round 12 strokes inside of the cut to qualify for the finals. The Seminoles trail top seeded Florida by seven strokes and the home standing Ohio State Buckeyes by six strokes. Florida State is one stroke ahead of fourth-placed South Carolina, eight strokes ahead of fifth-placed Michigan and 10 strokes ahead of sixth-placed Purdue. Texas A&M, which is in seventh place and the first team outside of the qualifying line, begins play in the final round 12 strokes behind the Seminoles.
Morgane Metraux carded a 2-over par score of 74 in the second round, has a two-round total of 146 and is in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings. She is one of five players in a tie for fourth place with identical scores of 146 and is only three strokes out of the individual lead. Maddie Szeryk of Texas A&M is the individual leader with a two round total of 143. She carded a 2-under par score of 70 in the second round.
It was a tale of two sides of the course for Florida State in the second round. The Seminoles were a cumulative total of 12 stokes over par and had slipped from second to fourth place in the team standings after their first nine holes. Florida State was a cumulative total of 1-stroke under par and moved up from fourth place into third place with outstanding play from each of the Seminoles’ golfers on their second set of nine holes. The Seminoles totaled eight birdies and only seven bogeys with no holes scored lower than a bogey on their back nine. By comparison, the Seminoles totaled three birdies, 10 bogeys, three double bogeys and one triple bogey on their front side.
“We played a phenomenal back nine today,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “The biggest thing was that we could have mailed it in early because we were 12 over after the first nine holes. We certainly dug ourselves a hole but we dug ourselves right out by putting together an exceptional back nine. They truly proved what a family they are; they had each other’s backs. That’s the biggest thing for me – they all dug down, got their feet wet and played some really good golf.”
Florida State’s individual scores certainly prove Bond’s point. Morgan Metraux was four-over on the front nine and played the back nine at two-under to finish with a score of 74. Freshman Amanda Doherty was four-over on the front nine and one-over on the back nine. Kim Metraux was three-over on the front nine and two-under on the back nine and totaled a 73. Lydia Gumm was three-over on the front nine and one-over on the back nine. Matilda Castren was two-over on the front nine and one-over on the back nine.
The scores of each of the five Seminoles has put them on the verge of qualifying for the NCAA Championship Finals for the second consecutive season.
Morgane Metraux leads the way with a two-round total of 146. She has carded scores of 72 and 74. Her 74 in the second round was highlighted by two birdies on her final four holes to vault herself back into the top five of the individual standings. Metraux was two strokes under par on her final 12 holes of the day and earned three birdies on her back nine.
“I struggled a bit getting my rhythm and committing to my targets early on,” said Metraux. “I was very glad I got myself together, was able to have a great back nine and fight back. We all grinded this round, pushed hard to come back and are in a much better position than we were after pure first nine holes today. We fought hard and believed in ourselves and that paid off for all of us.”
Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) will play for her single-year school record fourth individual championship and her second career top-10 NCAA regional championship finish when play begins in the third round. She has earned individual wins at the School Fall Classic, the Florida State Match-Up and the Dickson Intercollegiate this season. Metraux’s three individual titles have tied Florida State’s record for wins a single year. She finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings at the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional Championship.
Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) carded a 1-over par score of 73 – the best round of the day for the Seminoles – and moved into a tie for 18th place in the individual standings. She overcame a triple bogey and a double bogey on the front nine to move into the top 20 in the individual standings. Metraux led the team with four birdies and totaled 16 holes scored a par or better.
“The front nine was actually really good for me until hole No. 7 where I struggled to get out of the bunker,” said Metraux. “But the main difference I would say was on the back nine you could see everybody on the team fighting and gaining momentum from their shots and their attitudes. That was very nice to see with those aspects of our game giving us all some very positive energy. That is what we really needed and that’s what pushed us to the finish.”
With her score of 73 in the second round, Kim Metraux improved her individual standing from a tie for 22nd place into the top 20.
Senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) carded a 76 in the second round and begins the final round in a tie for 22nd place with a two-round total of 151. Her closing ability helped the Seminoles finish as well as they did as she was 1-under par on her final three holes and totaled two birdies on the day.
“I think we saw the leaderboard we knew we had to kick it into gear,” said Gumm. “I am really proud of our comeback and am looking forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow.”
Senior Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) enjoyed her best day of the first two as she carded a 3-over par score of 75. She has a two-round total of 155. She birdied two of her final six holes of the afternoon to aid the Seminoles’ back-nine resurgence. Freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) is in a tie for 28th place in the individual standings with a two-day total of 152. She has carded scores of 75 and 77.
“You always want to have a chance, no matter where you are or which tournament you are playing in,” said Bond. “Every tournament means something. This one means a little bit more because its play well or go home. Playing in the final group (on Wednesday) is very big; it’s what we did a year ago (at the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional). They all learned from that. And we are only seven shots out of the lead so we have a realistic shot of winning. We are going to go out there tomorrow and try to win a golf tournament.”
Florida State will once again play in the lead group as one of the top three teams entering the final round. The Seminoles will play with Florida and Ohio State and tee off of hole No. 1 beginning at 9:09 a.m.
2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship/Par 72/2nd Rd FSU Results
The Scarlet Course at Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio/May 8-10, 2017
3/18.-Florida State, 299+298=597
T4.-Morgane Metraux 72+74=146
T18.-Kim Metraux, 77+73=150
T22.-Lydia Gumm, 75+76=151
T28.-Amanda Doherty, 75+77=152
T46.-Matilda Castren, 80+75=155
2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship/Par 72/2nd Rd Team Results
The Scarlet Course at Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio/May 8-10, 2017
2.-Ohio State, 302+289=591
3.-Florida State 299+298=597
4.-South Carolina, 309+289=598
7.-Texas A&M, 308+301=609
T10.-San Jose State, 310+304=614
14.-Old Dominion, 327+297=624
17.-Missouri State, 324+215=639
18.-Cleveland State, 340+328=668
SEMINOLE NOTES: Florida State’s performance (3rd place) in the first two rounds of the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship has placed it as the highest ranking ACC team after two days of the 2017 NCAA regional championships…Florida State (third, Columbus) Duke (fourth, Albuquerque), Clemson (fourth, Athens), Miami (eighth, Albuquerque), NC State (tied for 10th, Albuquerque), North Carolina (10th, Athens), Louisville (tied for 10th, Columbus) and Wake Forest (15th, Athens) are the eight ACC teams playing in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships…Florida State was in second place with a 299 team total after the first round of the 2017 Columbus NCAA…the Seminoles were in second place with a 299 after the first round of the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship…Florida State is third place after two rounds of the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional with a 597 team score…the Seminoles were in second place with a 596 team score after the second round of the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Championship…the Seminoles finished second in last year’s regional appearance – the highest team finish in school history…with her score of 72 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship, Florida State’s Morgane Metraux averages 71.33 strokes in the first rounds of her three career NCAA regional championship appearances (66-74-72)…Amanda Doherty‘s score of 75 in her first career NCAA regional championship round marked the 19th time in her last 20 rounds that she has carded a 75 or better… Florida State is playing in the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship for the second time in the last six seasons…the Seminoles finished in a tie for 10th place in the team standings in 2012…Seminole All-American Maria Salinas finished in a tie for first in in the individual standings at Columbus in 2012 to become Florida State’s first ever NCAA regional champion.