TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – In claiming the championship of the fall season-opening Schooner Fall Classic last week, the No. 2 Florida State women’s golf team won the event by a 12 strokes over No. 6 Alabama. The victory marked the first time since 2007 and only the fifth time in the history of the program the Seminoles had opened their fall season with a win.In winning the Schooner with a 23-under par score of 829, the Seminoles’ top four golfers – Morgane Metraux, Lydia Gumm, Kim Metraux and Matilda Castren – all finished under par.
It was just the second time in school history that four Seminoles finished a three-round tournament under par.
An incredible achievement according to seventh-year head coach Amy Bond.
“We have certainly started off the season with a bang,” said Bond. “Having four players finish under par is a great accomplishment and tribute to how hard the players have been working. It was wonderful to see their hard work pay off in such a great way. We had a tremendous few days (in Oklahoma) and now we need to get back into our preparation and get ready for our next event.”
Florida State’s next event begins Sunday as it plays in the Cougar Fall Classic at the Yeamans Hall Club just outside of Charleston, S.C. (Oct. 2-4). The power-packed 21-team tournament includes No. 2 Florida State, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 6 South Carolina, No. 8 Clemson and No. 14 Furman among the teams hoping to win the team championship after 54 holes.
As the Seminoles play for their second consecutive team championship for the first time since the spring of 2010 when they won the Pinehurst Challenge and Bryan National Collegiate on back-to-back weekends, they are certainly playing as well individually and as a team as they have in quite some time.
Junior Morgane Metraux led the Seminoles at the Schooner as she won her first collegiate tournament in a most impressive fashion. She set the school record for a three round tournament score (201), finished at a career-best minus 12 strokes under par, carded three scores in the 60s in the same tournament for the first time in her career and set her personal collegiate best with a 66 in the final round to lead the Seminoles to the record-setting victory.
“Winning a tournament was one of my goals this year,” said Metraux. “To win the first tournament of the year is incredible. I’m happy that all of my hard work from this summer and leading up to the tournament paid off.
“We have all worked hard during the last couple of months,” Metraux continued. “We felt ready going into the tournament in Oklahoma and winning gives us the extra confidence for the entire year. I’m really excited to see what the remainder of the year holds for us.”
Morgane Metraux, obviously, wasn’t alone in helping Florida State to the victory.
Senior Lydia Gumm finished in a tie for fourth place with a career-best 206 tournament score and a career-best tying 68 in the second round. Junior Kim Metraux finished in a tie for eighth place as she finished with a career-best 210 tournament score and a program record-tying 65 in the first round. Castren finished in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings with a 1-under par total of 212 – tied for the fourth best tournament score of her career.
Castren enters the Cougar Fall Classic as the Seminoles’ all-time leader with her 72.63 stroke average and on the verge of setting the program record for individual victories and top-10 finishes. She has won a program record-tying five tournaments and has finished in the top-10 an incredible total of 18 times as a Seminole.
“It was an amazing feeling for our team to win the Schooner Classic,” said Castren. “This is only the beginning of our season and we have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be at the end of the year.”
Though Florida State won the championship of the Cougar Classic in 2007, Castren and her teammates will play in the event for the first time during their careers. The Seminoles’ lineup at the 2016 Cougar Fall Classic consists of Kim and Morgane Metraux, Castren, Gumm and freshman Amanda Doherty.
“Our goal is to focus on what we need to do to continue to improve each day,” said Bond.
If their championship at the Schooner Fall Classic is any indication, the Seminoles’ focus is not going to be a challenge as they tee off in the Cougar Fall Classic at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday.