October 23, 2016 - by
Women’s Golf In First At Cardinal Cup

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (seminoles.com) – Florida State junior Morgane Metraux is in a tie for third place in the individual standings, and the No. 4 Seminole women’s golf team is in first place in the team standings after the first round of the 13th Annual Cardinal Cup at the University of Louisville Golf Club.  The Seminoles are looking to win their third event of the fall season after already having won team championships at the Schooner Fall Classic and the Jim West Challenge.


 A victory at the Cardinal Cup would mark the first time since 1981, when the Seminoles won the A.I.A.W National Championship, that they had won more than two tournament championships in a single year.

With three players in the top 15 of the individual standings, the Seminoles lead Kentucky by one stroke and Wisconsin by two strokes in in the race for the team championship.  Jordan Chael of Kentucky and Bing Singhsumalee of Illinois shot identical scores of 1-under par 71 and are tied for first in the individual standings.  Chael and Singhsumalee were the only two golfers in the 93-player field who shot under par in the first round.  Florida State’s Morgane Metraux and Dorthea Forbrigd of East Carolina are tied for third with 1-over par scores of 73.

Florida State is in first place after the first round of an event for the third time in its four fall matches.  The Seminoles also led the Schooner Fall Classic and the Jim West Challenge after the first round in winning the team championships at those events.  After finishing second to Louisville in 2015 at this event, the Seminoles are looking to break a four-year stranglehold on the team title by Louisville and win this event for the first time since its inception in 2002.

“The conditions were tough and the golf course didn’t play easy,” said head coach Amy Bond.  “We didn’t play our best golf but I was proud of the way we hung in during the entire round.  This was the first time this year we have played in cold and windy conditions.  At times we played without conviction and second-guessed our club selections.  We are looking forward to tomorrow because we have put ourselves in a position to put together another good tournament.”

Morgane Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland) led the Seminoles and is in a tie for third place with a 1-over par score of 73.  She carded a team-high tying four birdies and was one under par over her last seven holes of the afternoon.  Metraux carded three birdies on her back nine to shoot 73 or better for the fourth consecutive round and for the ninth time in 10 rounds this fall.  She is averaging a career-low 73.00 strokes in 10 rounds during four matches this fall.


Women’s Golf In First At Cardinal Cup


“I hit the ball pretty well, was quite happy with my long game but struggled with the speed of the greens for the first 11 holes,” said Morgane Metraux.  “I managed to come back with three birdies on the back nine.  The conditions were very windy today but we all fought through it.  I am very confident the next two days will be successful for the team.”

Metraux is playing for her second win of the fall season, the second win of her career and the fifth top-10 finish of her career.

Senior Matilda Castren (Espoo, Finland) is in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings as she totaled a 3-over par score of 75.  She, too, carded four birdies (including three on her back nine) in finishing with an over par score for just the second time in 10 rounds this fall.  Castren, who earned All-America honors as a sophomore in 2015, is Florida State’s second-leading golfer with a 70.20 stroke average in 10 rounds this fall.

Senior Lydia Gumm (Radcliff, Ky.), who is playing just 45 minutes from her home and in front of a gallery of family and friends, is in a tie for 15th place with a 4-over par score of 76.  She was even par on her back nine with two birdies and eight holes played at par or better.

Junior Kim Metraux (Lausanne, Switzerland), is in a tie for 18th place with a 5-over par score of 77.  Her individual position in the top-20 of the individual standings made Florida State one of just two teams (also Wisconsin) with four players in the top 20 after the first round.
Florida State will play with Wisconsin and Kentucky and tee off beginning in at 11:30 a.m. in Monday’s second round.

Seminole Notes:  Florida State entered the Cardinal Cup as the highest ranked team in the tournament and one of six teams in the top 50 in the event…the Seminoles are one of two ACC tams ion the event – also Virginia Tech – in the 17-team tournament…four Seminoles – Matilda Castren (No. 18), Morgane Metraux (No. 25), Lydia Gumm (No. 88) and Kim Metraux (No. 94) – are ranked in the GolfWeek Top-100 for individual collegiate women to begin the tournament…Florida State’s 1981 A.I.A.W. National Championship team won team championships at the Lady Gator Invitational, the Lady Paladin Invitational, the Dick McGuire Invitational, the South Florida Invitational and the A.I.A.W National Championships…

13TH Annual Cardinal Cup/Par 72
University of Louisville Golf Club/Simpsonville, Ky./Oct. 23-25, 2016
1/17-Florida State, 301
T3-Morgane Metraux, 73
T7-Matilda Castren, 75
T13-Lydia Gumm, 76
T18-Kim Metraux, 77
T44-Amanda Doherty, 80

13TH Annual Cardinal Cup/Par 72
University of Louisville Golf Club/Simpsonville, Ky./Oct. 23-25, 2016
1-Florida State, 301
2-Kentucky, 302
3-Wisconsin, 303
4-Illinois, 305
5-Louisville, 306
T6-Cincinnati, 311
T6-East Carolina, 311
8-Virginia Tech, 312
9-Maryland, 315
10-Middle Tennessee, 318
T11-Minnesota, 319
T11-Columbia, 319
T13-Kansas, 321
T13-Bradley, 321
15-Ball State, 324
T16-Richmond, 326
T16-Lousiville (B), 326

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