TALLAHASSEE, FL (February 11, 2017) -- Host Florida State has moved to 18 under and taken over the lead after the second round of the Seminole Match Up. Playing at Don Veller Seminole Golf Course FSU will carry a three-stroke lead over first round leader South Carolina into Sunday's final round.
Paving the way thus far for Florida State is medalist leader Morgane Metraux. The junior is 7 under and one shot in front of opening day leader Maddie Szeryk of Texas A&M, Ana Pelaez of South Carolina and teammate Lydia Gumm. One shot further behind is South Carolina's Katelyn Dambaugh in fifth.
Metraux, who won her first career event in the fall at the Schooner Fall Classic, moved to 7 under and the lead with a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Saturday. A native of Switzerland, Metraux, carded birdies on the fourth, ninth, 10th, 12th and 15th holes.
Florida State presently has all five players inside the top 20 of the standings. Besides Metraux and Gumm it is Amanda Doherty (T6; -2), Matilda Castren (T11; -1) and Morgane's sister Kim Metraux (T18; +1).
Behind 15 under South Carolina the top-five of the team standings is rounded out by Texas A&M (-2) in third, Minnesota (+5) in fourth and Oklahoma (+8) in fifth.
ROUND ONE RECAP
A strong start by South Carolina sees the Gamecocks sitting atop the first round Seminole Match Up leaderboard. On Friday at Seminole Golf Course South Carolina combined for a 10 under first round team score and a four-stroke lead over host Florida State.
Freshman Ana Pelaez was the day one pace setting for South Carolina and after a 5-under 67 she is sitting in second place and one-stroke off the individual lead.
Leading the way in the medalist standings is defending champion Maddie Szeryk. The Texas A&M junior turned in a first round 6-under 66 that included seven birdies and one bogey. Szeryk started on the 10th hole and birdied her first two holes before closing her round with a pair of birdies.
So far this season in four events Szeryk has twice finished inside the top-3 and once more inside the top-10.
Pelaez, from Spain, played off the backside and set the tone for her day with a birdie on No. 10. A second birdie followed on the 14th before the 22nd ranked amateur in World Amateur Golf Rankings gave back her only shot of the day on the ensuing hole.
The slip up might have cost Pelaez some momentum but she quickly regained it with a birdie on No. 18 and three more on the first, fourth and seventh holes.
All five South Carolina players turned in rounds of even-par or better and currently reside inside the top-18. Sophomore Marion Veysseyreis is tied for third at 3 under, junior Ainhoa Olarra and senior Katelyn Dambaugh are tied for 10th at 1 under while senior Jia Xin Yang is tied for 18th after an even-par round.
Behind South Carolina and Florida State in the team standings are third place Texas A&M at 2 under, Minnesota is in fourth place at 1 over and Middle Tennessee; Missouri at 5 over in a tie of fifth.
Behind the top two in the individual standings are three players sharing third at 3 under; Matilda Castren (Florida State), Veysseyre (South Carolina), Maho Hayakawa (Virginia).