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Kim Metraux Leads Seminoles Through Day 1 of NCAA Finals

Seminoles.com | May 19, 2017

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (seminoles.com) – Florida State junior Kim Metraux is in a tie for 44th place in the individual standings, and the Seminole women's golf team is in a tie for 19th place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship Finals at Rich Harvest Farms.  The Seminoles begin play in Saturday's second round only 12 strokes out of eighth place – the magical cut line for advancing to match play after four rounds of stroke play.  The top eight teams in the standings will compete in three rounds of match play to determine the 2017 national champion.

The first round of the 72-hole stroke play tournament was played in the worst weather that any of the 24 teams have endured.  The round was played in temperatures that did not rise above 45 degrees with a chilling rain and biting winds that hampered every stroke for all 132 players in the event.  Only two of the 132 golfers (1.5 percent) carded even par scores and only 55 of the nation's best golfers (42 percent) carded scores below 80.

orthwestern holds the team lead with a 301 team total and three golfers in the top 10 of the individual standings.  The Wildcats are followed by Kent State in second place and Ohio State, Arizona State, Stanford and Baylor who are all tied for third place in the team standings.  August Kim of Purdue and Elodie Van Dievoet of Michigan are tied for the individual lead with even par scores of 72.  Kim and Van Dievoet were the only two players to shoot par during the round.

“The conditions were incredibly tough today,” said Head Coach Amy Bond.  “But we have three rounds to play and this is a group that can recover and play like they have all year long.  It was just one of those days where we didn't do the little things that could have made it easier on ourselves.

"Their spirits are high and their attitudes are great.  It's just tough when the rain is coming at you sideways and the wind is blowing at 30 (miles per hour).”

Florida State will play the second round with Southern California and Arizona State for the second consecutive day with the trio of teams teeing off beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on hole No. 10.

2017 NCAA Championship Finals/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results
Rich Harvest Farms/Sugar Grove, Ill./May 19-24, 2017
T19/24.-Florida State, 325
T44.-Kim Metraux, 79
T70.-Morgane Metraux, 81
T70.-Lydia Gumm, 81
T102.-Matilda Castren, 84
128.-Amanda Doherty, 90

2017 NCAA Championship Finals/Par 72/First Round Team Results
Rich Harvest Farms/Sugar Grove, Ill./May 19-24, 2017
1.-Northwestern, 301
2.-Kent State, 303
T3.-Ohio State, 311
T3.-Arizona State, 311
T3.-Stanford, 311
T3.-Baylor, 311
7.-South Carolina, 313
8.-North Carolina, 314
T9.-Southern California, 315
T9.-Purdue, 315
T9.-Michiganm 315
12.-Miami, 316
T13.-Texas, 317
T13.-Michigan State, 317
15.-California, 319
16.-Florida, 320
17.-Clemson, 321
18.-Furman, 323
T19.-Florida State, 325
T19.-Duke, 325
21.-Alabama, 328
22.-Pepperdine, 330
23.-Oregon, 333
24.-Texas Tech, 335
 
SEMINOLE NOTES: Florida State is making its ninth NCAA Championship Finals appearance in school history (1992, 14th; 1994, 18th; 1999, 13th; 2003, 19th, 2004, 19th; 2006, 16th; 2010, 10th; 2016, T15th) and second under Head Coach Amy Bond (2016, T15th and 2017)…the Seminoles' appearance in the NCAA Championship Finals in 2017 marks just the third time in school history they are playing in the finals in consecutive years (1991 and 1992 / 2003 and 2004 / 2016 and 2017)…the best single round score in NCAA Championship Finals play is a 69 by Jessica Negron in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Championship at Wilmington, N.C. … it's the only round scored in the 60's by a Florida State player in NCAA Championships Finals play…Florida State head coach Amy Bond played for the Seminoles in the 1999 NCAA Championship Finals at Tulsa, Okla…Bond finished as Florida State's leading golfer with scores of 75 in the first and second rounds and a three-round total of 231…four-time All-American Caroline Westrup finished in a tied for 12th place at the 2007 NCAA Championship Finals at The Legends Course at LPGA International marking the highest NCAA Championships Finals finish by a Florida State player…all five of members of the Seminoles' lineup are ranked among the top 100 golfers in the Golfstat Cup Rankings entering the 2017 NCAA Championship Finals -- No. 16 Matilda Castren, No. 19 Morgane Metraux, No. 47 Lydia Gumm, No. 75 Kim Metraux and No. 100 Amanda Doherty…the combined spring Grade Point Average for the five Seminoles (Morgane Metraux, Matilda Castren, Kim Metraux, Amanda Doherty, Lydia Gumm) playing in the 2017 NCAA Championship Finals is 3.780…Kim and Morgane Metraux and Amanda Doherty earned perfect 4.0 GPAs during the 2017 spring semester…the Seminoles' team GPA for the spring of 2017 was 3.606…junior Kim Metraux aced hole number 5 at Rich Harvest Farms during Florida State's practice round on May 18…senior Matilda Castren is playing in her 33rd consecutive event at the 2017 NCAA Championship Finals…Castren has played in every event for Florida State since the fall 2015 Lady Paladin Invitational.

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