TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Sophomore Amanda Doherty shot a 69 and is in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings, and the Florida State women’s golf team is in seventh place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Women’s Golf Championship at Don Veller Golf Course. The Seminoles are only six strokes out of second place in the team standings with two rounds remaining to be played. The top six teams after Wednesday’s third round advance to the NCAA Championship Finals May 17-13 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
Washington stands alone on top of the team standings after a dominating first-round performance. The Huskies recorded a 15-under-par score of 273, a Don Veller Seminole Golf Club course record. Their 15-under score finished seven strokes ahead of Furman, who finished the round at 280. Wenyung Keh of Washington is the individual leader as she carded a course-record 63.
“Anytime you can finish under par as a team it’s a good day,” said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond. “I felt like we left a lot of shots out there today. I think, tomorrow being moving day, that we need to take advantage of what the course gives us and see if we can move up the leaderboard by the end of the day.”
Florida State was one of eight teams that finished under par, with only Washington carded a double-digit under par score. In addition to Keh’s score of 63, Sarah Rhee carded a 5 under par score of 67. A total of 23 players finished with under par scores including Florida State’s Doherty.
Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) scored a 69 and was one of nine players in the 96-golfer field who finished with a first round score of 69 or better. She carded each of her 18 holes at par or better with one eagle (the fourth of her Florida Stare career) and was never above par during the round. Doherty earned eight consecutive pars to open the round then eagled the par five hole No. 9 to move to 2 under par. She closed her round with eight holes scored at par and one birdie.
“I got off to a little bit of a slow start today but I was able to battle back and get a few putts to drop,” said Doherty. “I am really excited for tomorrow, and I think we are in a good position going into the next two rounds.” “I got off to a little bit of a slow start today but I was able to battle back and get a few putts to drop,” said Doherty. “I am really excited for tomorrow, and I think we are in a good position going into the next two rounds.”
Doherty’s round of 69 marked the second time in her last three rounds and fourth single round score this spring that she had carded a score in the 60’s. Her score of 69 lowered her season stroke average to 71.82 – currently the lowest average in a single season in school history. The best stroke average in a single season by a Florida State golfer is 71.83 by All-American Matilda Castren during the 2014 season.
Senior Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and freshman Kathleen Sumner (Charleston, S.C.) are tied for 24th in the individual standings with scores of even par 72. Metraux carded 16 holes at par or better with two birdies and was never above par, while Sumner also carded 16 holes at par or better with two birdies. Sumner played her final 12 holes of the day at 1 under par with her two birdies coming on her back nine.
Senior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) carded a 73 and is in a tie for 33rd place in the individual standings while senior Kayla Jones (Milton, Ga.) is in a tie for 53rd place with a 3 over par score of 75.
Florida State begins play in the second round of the championship at 8:00 from hole No. 1. The Seminoles will play with Georgia and Vanderbilt.
FLORIDA STATE NOTES: Florida State is hosting the NCAA Regional Championship for the second time in school history…the Seminoles hosted the 2014 NCAA Regional Championship in 2014 at Southwood Golf Club Tallahassee…The top six finishers in 2014 were Vanderbilt, South Carolina, NC State, Duke, Stanford and Virginia…the current regional format for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship began in 1993…the Seminoles are looking to advance to the NCAA Championship Finals from the regional championship site for the third consecutive season for the first time in school history…Florida State finished second at Shoal Creek in 2016 and third at Columbus in 2017 to advance to the finals…the Seminoles’ second place finish at Shoal Creek in 2016 is their highest regional finish in school history…Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond played in three NCAA Regional Championships during her Florida State playing career…She finished in a tie for 11th place at the 1999 East Regional at Blythewood, S.C (74-75-72=221)…Bond finished as the Seminoles’ team leader in two of the three regionals she played during her career (1997 at Normal, Ill. And 1999 at Blythewood)…Bond has been a player, assistant coach or head coach at Florida State for all but four years since 1996 (18 years) and has been a part of 16 regional teams in her 18 years in the Garnet and Gold (three as a player, five as an assistant coach and all eight as the Seminoles’ head coach)…She was the head coach at Princeton from 2007-10.
NCAA Tallahassee Regional/Par 72/May 7-9, 2018
Don Veller Seminole Golf Course/Tallahassee, Fla./First Round Florida State Results
7/18-Florida State, 286
T7-Amanda Doherty, 69
T24-Morgane Metraux, 72
T24-Kathleen Sumner, 72
T33-Kim Metraux, 73
T53-Kayla Jones, 75
NCAA Tallahassee Regional/Par 72/May 7-9, 2018
Don Veller Seminole Golf Course/Tallahassee, Fla./First Round Team Results
T4-Wake Forest, 285
7-Florida State, 286
T12-Kennesaw State, 296
15-College of Charleston, 307
16-Coastal Carolina, 309