HANAHAN, S.C. (seminoles.com) — Led by senior Matilda Castren and junior Morgane Metraux, who are both tied for 11th in the individual standings, the No. 2 Seminole women’s golf team moved into sixth place in the team standings after two rounds of play in the Cougar Fall Classic at the Yeamans Hall Club. Metraux carded a 1-under par score of 70 while Castren finished with a 1-over par score of 73 in the second round to help the Seminoles improve their team standing by two places with one round remaining to be played in the 54-hole event.
Furman continued to lead the team standings and enters the final round with a one stroke lead over North Carolina. The Tar Heels shot the best team round of the day to cut into to the Paladins’ lead. The Seminoles are one stroke behind fifth-placed Michigan and 13 strokes behind Furman. Sierra Sims of Wake Forest shot a second round 69 and is tied for the lead in the individual race with a 9-under par total of 135. She shares the lead entering the final round with Natalie Srinivasan of Furman who shot a 66 in the second round. Castren and Metraux of Florida State are six shots behind the leaders.
“We didn’t have our best stuff today but what managed to turn it around over the last five or six holes to shoot another under par round,” said head coach Amy Bond. “We have an opportunity to come out tomorrow and shoot another good round and we are excited to be able to play again.”
The Seminoles were led in the second round by a pair of golfers – Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and freshman Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) who both carded 2-under par scores of 70. Metraux is in a tie for 11th in the team standings while Doherty improved her individual standing by 41 places with her play in the second round and is now in a tie for 31st place.
Metraux carded one eagle, two birdies and 17 holes at par or better in carding her sixth consecutive under par score. She has carded each of her first five scores of the fall 2016 season and her final score of the spring 2016 season below par. Metraux carded her sixth career eagle on the par five hole No. 15 to move her to two under par for the round. She was minus three strokes under par over her final 14 holes of the second round.
Metraux is a total of 15 strokes under par in her first five rounds and two events of the fall season. She finished at a personal best 12 strokes under par in winning the fall season-opening Schooner Fall Classic.
Doherty, who is playing in her second career event as a Seminole, began the day in a tie for 72nd place and closed the day in a tie for 31st place. She carded a team-high four birdies and was never above par during only her fifth career collegiate round. In addition to her four birdies, she carded 12 holes at par and scored only two birdies during the round. Doherty played her final 12 holes of the round at two under par with two birdies and 10 more holes scored at par.
“I was more focused on my targets and keeping myself self out of trouble today as compared to yesterday,” said Doherty. “I feel good going into the last round knowing what I have to focus ion to play well.”
Doherty is tied for team lead (with Castren) after two rounds with seven total birdies.
Castren finished the second round with a 1-over par 73 and has a two-day total of 141. She played outstanding golf on her back nine as she played her final seven holes of the afternoon at two under par with two birdies and five holes played at par. Castren is just one stroke outside of the top 10 as she plays for her school record 19th career top-10 finish.
Senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.) continued her strong start to the fall season as she carded an even par 72 in the second round and is in a tie for 30th place in the individual standings. She was two-under par on the back nine with an eagle, two birdies and four holes scored at par. Gumm’s eagle on hole No. 15 was the second of her collegiate career. She has carded four of her first five scores of the fall at par or better and is averaging a career-low 70.20 strokes in the first two events of the season.
Florida State closes out play in the Cougar Classic with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun. The Seminoles will play with Michigan, South Carolina and Auburn.
Seminole Notes: Florida State carded a 3-under par team score of 285 in the second round of the Cougar Classic and has carded a below par team score in each of its five rounds this season (all three at the Schooner Fall Classic and the first two at the Cougar Fall Classic)…the Seminoles are averaging 280.00 strokes per round as a team through the first five rounds of the season…freshman Amanda Doherty led the Seminoles with four birdies in the second round and is tied for the team lead in the Cougar Classic with senior Matilda Castren – both with a total of seven birdies…each of the five players who have played in the first two tournaments of the season have carded at least one round below par…Morgane Metraux leads the team with four of her six rounds scored below par…The Seminoles have combined to shoot nine of their first 25 rounds of the year in the 60’s…
14TH Annual Cougar Fall Classic/Par 72
Yeamans Hall Club/Hanahan, S.C./Oct. 2-4, 2016/Second Round FSU Scores
6/21-Florida State, 286+285=571
T11-Morgane Metraux, 71+70=141
T11-Matilda Castren, 68+73=141
T31-Lydia Gumm, 73+72=145
T31-Amanda Doherty, 75+70=145
T93-Kim Metraux, 74+79=153
14TH Annual Cougar Fall Classic/Par 72
Yeamans Hall Club/Hanahan, S.C./Oct. 2-4, 2016/Second Round Team Scores
2-North Carolina, 281+278=559
T3-Wake Forest, 282+285+567
6-Florida State, 286+285=571
7-South Carolina, 288+286=574
12-NC State, 285+299=584
T13-Penn State, 291+294=585
16-Mississippi State, 296+294=590
17-Coastal Carolina, 302+291=593
19-Charleston Southern, 298+296=598
T20-College of Charleston, 302+299=597