Dec. 2, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Sisters Kim and Morgane Metraux, two of the top golfers in Switzerland, have signed National Letters of Intent to play golf at Florida State for head coach Amy Bond and the Florida State women's golf team. Morgane finished second at the 2013 Swiss Girls' Championship while Kim finished in fifth place in the same event. Their respective finishes in the Swiss Girls' Championship helped the girls finish as the No. 1 (Morgane) and No. 2 (Kim) ranked players in the final Swiss rankings in 2013.
"Words cannot express how excited I am that Kim and Morgane have decided to become Seminoles," said Bond. "We are thrilled to have them join our team. They are very special and unique in that Kim is left handed and Morgane is right handed. They both bring a lot of international experience and will play a vital role in the success of our team in the coming years. They are phenomenal golfers; but more importantly they are great people. Kim and Morgane are extremely competitive and their desire to be the best they can be will equate to success both on and off the course. Our 2014 recruiting class will complement our 2013 class very well. I am excited to see what the future holds for this talented group."
Kim, who speaks four languages fluently, has been a member of the Swiss National team since 2012 and has twice represented Switzerland at the European Girls Team Championships (2012 and 2013). She finished in second place at the 2012 Swiss Junior Championship (she lost the title after a five-hole playoff) and earned a third place finish at the 2013 Belgian International Amateur with a 3 under par score of 285. She finished as a finalist at the 2012 Swiss Match Play Championship.
With her third place finish at the Belgian International Amateur, 2013 ranked as Kim's best year of competitive golf. She won the Crédit Suisse Junior Tour Final, finished in a tie for fourth place in the qualification round for the European Girls team Championship, finished in a tie for sixth at the Austrian International Amateur, in eighth place at the European Ladies Club Championship and earned a top 10 finish at the International Brabants Open.
"Kim has all the attributes that I am looking for in a golfer," said Bond. "Her dedication to be the best she can be will serve her well both on and off the golf course. Her international experience and success will allow her to compete at the highest level here at FSU and she will play a vital role in the success of our team in the coming years." Kim (Chamblandes High School/Lausanne, Switzerland) and Morgane were part of the team that won the 2013 Swiss Interclubs Championship. In that event, Kim played on the winning foursome together with her sister, Morgane as they finished with a score of 1 over par 73 while they both tied for the stroke play title with identical scores of 2 over par 74.
"It's amazing to have the opportunity to combine studying and playing golf at Florida State University," said Kim. "It's a big privilege and a great honor to join FSU and become a Seminole. I'm so much looking forward to come over and playing as a member of the team and learning from the coaching staff."
Morgane, who speaks three languages fluently, has also been a member of the Swiss National team since 2012. She represented Switzerland at the British Junior Open in 2012, at the European Girls' Team Championship and at the 2013 European Young Masters (U 16 European Championship. She was a member of the Swiss regional team in 2011 and 2012.
Morgane (Auguste Piccard High School/Lausanne, Switzerland) also blossomed in 2013 as she won the qualification tournament for the Crédit Suisse Junior Tour, finished second at the Austrian International Amateur with a 6 under par score of 66 in the final round, finished second at the Sir Henry Cooper Trophy/Junior Master's in England Tournament and placed second at the Swiss Junior Championship - an event in which she lost the title in a playoff.
"Morgane has reached a very high level of golf in a very short time due to her desire to excel and be the best," said Bond. "She is coming off a great 2013 season where she has had tremendous success. I am looking for great things from her and am excited to see what the future holds for her and our team."
She finished third at the 2013 European Young Masters (Under 16 European Championship), placed fourth at the 2013 Belgian Amateur and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 British Girls' Championship.
"I set as one of my goals to play for a top college team in the United States," said Morgane. "I want to continue to play golf and improve while at the same time earn my education at a top level university. I have found the perfect university to achieve my goals and I am excited to be a Seminole."
Kim and Morgane join Kalya Jones (Milton High School/Milton, Ga.) as the first three members of the Seminoles' 2014 recruiting class with all three joining the team for the 2014 fall semester.
"Kim and Morgane have personalities that will blend right into the personality of our team," said Bond. "Their work ethic and competitiveness will be fun to coach. They will be great Seminoles and we are thrilled to have them join us in August."
The Seminoles, who are looking to play in their school-record ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2014, open their spring 2014 schedule as they play in the Florida Challenge at the Black Diamond Golf Club in Lecanto, Fla., on Jan. 27. The Seminoles will play host to the Florida State Match-Up (Feb. 14-16) and the NCAA East Regional Championship (May 8-10) during the spring 2014 season at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee.