TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Reigning ACC Coach of the Year Amy Bond approaches every year as a new beginning. She says it’s because every team has its own personality, with new and returning golfers who have their own dreams and goals as individual players and ultimately as a team.
Bond’s eighth Seminole team is no different. As Florida State begins its fall season Monday at the Ocean Course Invitational at the Kiawah Island Resort, she welcomes four of the top eight golfers in school history to her lineup while looking for a talented player to step into the fifth spot. She has a bevy of players to choose from as the Seminoles collectively enjoyed a stellar summer as each one played in major tournaments in the United States and around the world.
One of the strongest early season fields awaits the Seminoles at Kiawah Island. Florida State is joined by North Carolina, Wake Forest, N.C. State and Boston College from the ACC; Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Ole Miss from the SEC; UCF, Maryland, North Florida, Elon, Charleston Southern and the host school College of Charleston in the 17-team event.
“I am really excited about starting a new season at the Ocean Course a Kiawah Island,” said Bond. “We have a strong mix of returning players with experience and new faces who are going to help keep our program among the nation’s elite.”
Florida State returns three members (Morgane Metraux, Kim Metraux and Amanda Doherty) of its lineup from a season ago when it won six tournament titles, finished second in the ACC Championship, third in the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship and advanced to the NCAA Finals. She has the luxury of adding a fourth player who ranks eighth in school history in stroke average (Kayla Jones) and a very talented freshman, Kathleen Sumner, will make her debut at the Ocean Course Invitational.
Morgane Metraux, who recently advanced to the second stage of LPGA Q-School, returns for her fourth season in the Seminoles’ lineup. She played in the U.S. Women’s Open, helped the European team win the prestigious Vagliano Trophy and played in the Ladies British Amateur Championship this summer. Metraux is ranked third in school history with her 73.62 career stroke average.
I am super-excited to get my senior season started,” said Metraux. “I can’t wait to begin competing with my teammates again and see how well we respond to our successful season last year. Our schedule is very exciting; we play in some very cool places and in many great events. Playing the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is an amazing venue and a great way to start the season. I want to make this year our best and I am looking forward to creating great memories with my teammates.”
Kim Metraux, who played in the U.S. Amateur, Ladies British Amateur Championship and the European Ladies Amateur Championships, also returns to the Seminoles’ lineup. She is ranked fifth in school history with her career stroke average of 73.98 strokes in 33 career matches.
“We believe that Morgane and Kim are two outstanding players,” said Bond. “They’ve both played an incredible amount of golf at extremely high levels – both for us at Florida State and abroad – and they continue to learn and get better with each event they play. We are very excited to have Morgane and Kim back for their senior seasons because they are leaders as well as good golfers.
Sophomore Amanda Doherty, who played in all 10 matches for the Seminoles in 2017, also returns as a team leader. She gained incredible experience as a freshman as she played in the ACC Championship, the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship and the NCAA Finals in her first season. Doherty finished her first season with a 74.26 stoke average – the third best by a freshman and the sixth best for a career in school history.
Senior Kayla Jones, who has played in 23 career events, returns to the Seminoles’ lineup as one of four seniors on the Seminoles’ roster. She is among Florida State’s most experienced players with two ACC championships, two regional championships and one NCAA Championship Finals appearance on her resume. Jones’ 74.84 stroke average is the eighth best in school history. She won the individual championship at the fall 2014 Mo Morial Invitational at Texas A&M.
Florida State’s only newcomer, Sumner will have the special opportunity of starting her collegiate career less than one hour from her hometown of Charleston, S.C. She earned the fifth spot in qualifying during her first week on campus – a sign that bodes well for the remainder of her career.
Bond notes Florida State’s experience entering the Ocean Course Invitational.
“The girls in our lineup to open the season have played in nearly 100 career matches and in nearly 300 career rounds,” said Bond. “And those are only in their careers at Florida State. I like the lineup we will play with at Kiawah. The great thing about experience is that it builds up quickly and that’s the situation we are in with all of our players, especially our newcomers.”
Cumulatively, the Seminoles’ lineup has four career individual championships (Morgane Metraux, 3, Jones, 1), 21 top 10 and 13 top five finishes during their collegiate careers.
Bond is also excited about the challenging field in the Ocean Course Invitational.
“There are seven teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last season in this field,” said Bond. “That right there gets your attention. It’s also an early start to the season for us; probably the earliest we’ve ever played in a tournament. We are going to find out about ourselves in a tough tournament right off the tee.”