RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (seminoles.com) – Florida State University junior Morgane Metraux is in a tie for first in the individual standings and Switzerland is in first place in the team standings after the first round of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championships at the Mayakobada El Camaleon Golf Club. Morgane Metraux shot a 4-under par 68 and Kim Metraux shot a 3-under par 69 to lead Switzerland to a one stroke lead over the Republic of Korea in the team standings with three rounds remaining to be played.
Kim and Morgane Metraux are representing Switzerland while Seminole senior Matilda Castren is playing for Finland and sophomore Dominika Gradecka for Poland in the biennial world championship being contested among a record 55 teams. Former Seminole Maria Salinas is competing for Peru.
With the Metraux sisters leading Switzerland to first place after 18 holes, Castren and Finland are in a tie for 26thplace in the team standings, Salinas and Peru are tied for 31st and Gradecka and Poland are tied for 42nd place. Switzerland’s score of 137 (the total of Kim and Morgane Metraux’s scores) is tied for the third-lowest first-round score in championship history.
Individually, Morgan Metraux is tied first place in the individual standings, Kim Metraux is in third, Castren is in a tie for 30th with a 2-over par score of 74, Salinas is in a tie for 58th with a 4-over par score of 76 and Gradecka is tied for 145th place with a first round score of 85. A total of 163 players are competing in the event.
Morgane Metraux is tied for first in the individual standings with Hyun Kyung Park of the Republic of Korea and two strokes ahead of her sister, Kim, who is alone in third place. A total of 15 players finished under par with only Switzerland, Korea and Japan finishing the first round with multiple players carding below par scores.
Morgan Metraux carded one eagle, five birdies and 15 holes total at par or better. Her eagle came on the par five fifth hole. She played her outward nine (she started on hole No. 10) at an incredible five under par and was never above par during the round. Her first nine holes included a three-hole stretch during which she recorded two consecutive birdies followed by an eagle.
“I just focused and the score just came,” said Morgane. “It is always better to just try to enjoy the day. I think I only missed one or two fairways, which is the key here.”
Kim Metraux, meanwhile, was nearly flawless with four birdies and 17 total holes scored at par or better. She was as many as three strokes under par and was also never over par during the round.
“It’s always good to see your country’s name,” Kim said. “It’s always good at the top of the leaderboard.”
The United States is tied for seventh in the team standings.