KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (seminoles.com) – Senior Morgane Metraux and sophomore Amanda Doherty finished tied for 10th in the individual standings, and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings as play in the 2017 Ocean Course Invitational at the Kiawah Island Resort came to a close. Florida State finished three strokes behind NC State in the team title race marking the ninth time in its last 13 events that the Seminoles have finished in second place or better in an event.
NC State played the best team round of the final day of the event to defeat the Seminoles by three strokes for the championship. The Wolfpack were five strokes better than the Seminoles in round three – an advantage that allowed them to move from a tie for third place in the team standings after two rounds and into a position to win the championship. The two ACC teams battled during the entire third round before NC State took the lead late and held off the Seminoles to win the championship. Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest won the individual championship with a 12-under par score of 207.
With both Morgane Metraux and Doherty finishing in the top 10 of the individual standings, the Seminoles finished as one of only three teams in the event with multiple players in the top 10 of the 87-player field. Florida State was the only team in the field that had all five of its players to finish in the top-30 of the individual standings.
“I am proud of our team for finishing second in a tough event to begin the season,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “We didn’t get off to a great start but I thought we finished well. We made a few too many mistakes but we learned a lot in our first event. It was good performance for having been in class and practice for only five days leading into the event. We are excited to have a few weeks off to work on a few things and then have the opportunity to defend our title at the Schooner Fall Classic.”
Sophomore Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) carded a 1-under par score of 72 in the third round and finished in a tie for 10th place with a 220 total. She played the best golf among her teammates for the second consecutive round. She carded a 3-under par score of 70 in the second round and was four strokes under par over the course of the final 36 holes. In the third round, Doherty carded three birdies and 16 holes and par or better. She totaled two of her birdies on holes No. 16 and 18 – two of final four holes of the round to finish under par
Doherty’s finish marked the fourth top-10 finish of her career. She has now finished in the top-10 two of her last seven events with a tied for seven place finish at The Dickson Intercollegiate during the spring of 2016. Doherty finished tied with Morgane Metraux in the individual standings marking the first time in her career that she has placed as Florida State’s leader in 13 career events as a Seminole.
Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) carded a 1-over par 74 in the final round and finished with a 1-over par tournament total of 220. She finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings. Metraux has now earned 10 top-10 career individual finishes. Her finish at the Ocean Course Invitational marked the sixth time in her last seven regular season events that she has earned a top-10 finish.
Freshman Kathleen Sumner (Charleston, S.C.), who was playing in her first career event, finished in a tie for 19th in the individual standings. She carded a 3-over par score of 76 in the third round and finished with a three-round total of 225. Sumner carded three birdies in the third round and seven for her first career event.
Seniors Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) and Kayla Jones (Milton, Ga.) finished in a tie for 29th place with scores of 228. Metraux carded a 77 in the third and final round.
Florida State carded 14 birdies in the third round to bring its three-round total to 44. Bond has pledged a $10 donation for each birdie scored by a member of the Seminole golf team to hurricane relief (#birdiesfortexas).
Florida State will defend its tournament title at the Schooner Fall Classic (Sept., 23-25) in its next event. The event is sponsored by the Toby and Tricia Keith Foundation and benefits pediatric cancer patients.