TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) -- The members of the Florida State University women’s golf team -- sophomore Matilda Castren (Finland) and freshmen sisters Kim and Morgane Metraux (Switzerland) -- will participate in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship. Hosted by the Japan Golf Association and sponsored by the International Golf Federation, the event will be held in Karuizawa, Japan at the Karuizawa 72 Golf Club Sept. 6. The World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition rotated among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, American and European-African and is considered to be the most prestigious team championship in all of women’s golf.
Each of the more than 125 teams consists of two or three players and plays 18-holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.
“The honor of having three Seminoles participate in the World Amateur Team Championship is incredible for our program,” said head coach Amy Bond. “All three of the women – Matilda, Kim and Morgane – will be outstanding representatives of our program and of Florida State University; we are all very proud of them for being selected to play in such a prestigious event. It is going to be great following all three players and their countries during the event. I couldn’t be any more excited for each one of them.”
The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship began as a match between the USA and France in 1964. The USGA accepted the invitation and extended it out to other nations to create a women’s counterpart to the Men’s World Am Team Championships. The first WATC was played at St. Germain Golf Club, near Paris, in October 1964. The event was contested by a total of 25 teams and 75 players with the winner (France) receiving the Espirito Santo Trophy.
Castren (Espoo, Finland) is in her second season as a Seminole. She earned All-America Second Team and All-ACC honors as she set a school record with a 71.31 stroke average in 2014. She earned her first collegiate victory at the 2014 Florida State Match-Up and earned medalist honors at the spring 2014 Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate.
“It's an honor to represent my country in the World Amateur Team Championship,” said Castren. “It’s my first time playing in the event and I’m really excited about playing in the tournament. I've been hoping to be selected to participate in the event for years and I finally have the chance to participate in this great tournament. I'm sad that I will miss the first college tournament of my sophomore season with my Seminole teammates but this is such a great opportunity and is an experience that I will always remember. It's always fun to play team games and Japan will definitely be a great host for the tournament.”
Since France captured the first championship in 1964, the championship has been claimed by as many seven different nations with the USA (13 team championships) as the leading victor. The list of individual medalists includes notable players Catherine Lacoste (France) and American stars Nancy Lopez, Beth Daniel, Juli Inkster, Paula Creamer and Amanda Blumenherst. Most recently, the Republic of Korea won the 2012 Women’s World Am Team Championship in the hosting country of Turkey.
The Metraux sisters began their academic and athletic careers as Seminoles on August 25 when the academic semester began at Florida State.
“I am really looking forward to competing in the World Amateur Team Championship,” said Kim. “It’s a great opportunity to play against some of the top amateur players in the world and playing in the event can only help me in my development. Unfortunately, I am going to miss my first opportunity to compete for Florida State in our first event of the season but I am looking forward to my career as a Seminole which will begin in earnest when we return from the beautiful country of Japan.”
A true freshman at Florida State, Kim has enjoyed a stellar international career and most recently finished in fourth place at the 2014 Belgian International Amateur Championship. She was the No. 2 ranked girls player in Switzerland in 2013 and teamed with her sister, Morgane, to win the 2013 Swiss Interclubs Championship.
The Republic of Korea enters the event as the two-time defending champion as it win the titles in both 2010 (in Buenos Aires, Argentina) and 2012 (in Antalya, Turkey). Germany finished as the runners-up with the United States finishing in eighth place in 2012.
"Playing in the World Am is such a great opportunity for me, my sister and Matilda,” said Morgane. “The opportunity to play in Japan and the chance to experience the culture of such a spectacular country is truly and honor and is something that I am sure I will never forget. I will miss the time away from my new teammates but this is such a unique opportunity and one that I hope to learn from and take away a lifetime of memories.”
Also in her first season as a student-athlete at Florida State, Morgane was the No. 1 ranked girls player in Switzerland in 2013 and finished in fourth place in the Belgian Amateur in 2013. She helped the Swiss team (including her sister, Kim) earn a third place finish in the 2014 European Ladies Amateur Team Championships
All three players are participating the World Amateur Team championships for the first times in their careers.