On Saturday afternoon, Morgan Metraux carded a 7-under 65 in the third round of the inaugural Casino Del Sol Golf Classic at Sewailo Golf Club to pull away from the rest of the field. She enters the final round with a five-stroke lead.
“It feels really rewarding after a long off-season of hard work and feels good to be in that position,” said Metraux. “To be honest, I wasn’t feeling the best on the range this morning, so I just wanted to keep that out of mind and just focus on my targets. I hit some good shots on both the first and second into the green, so I had some short putts for birdie, and I managed to make them both. I was really good to start the day with two birdies just to get going and get the confidence up for the day.”
The 54-hole leader may have spent some time away from the Epson Tour due to an injury and COVID-19, but she kept her game fresh last year on the Ladies European Tour (LET). In eight starts on the LET, Metraux claimed one top-10 at the Saudi Ladies International.
“It’s very different traveling in Europe rather than in the US. Every country there is more different than each state is here. It was good to see all the cultures and have an event at home as well in Switzerland. With a home crowd that was different, so it was fun to do it, but now I am back here, and I am enjoying both tours.”
Metraux credits much of her success to the four years spent with the Seminoles at Florida State University. She was a two-time All-American, two-time All-NCAA Regional and two-time All-ACC selection making her one of the best players to come through their program. A few notable teammates she had while competing there are LPGA and Epson Tour professional’s Kim Metraux, Matilda Castren, and Amanda Doherty.
“I think without college in general I wouldn’t be playing golf because at home you can’t do sports and studies at the same time so that is why I came over in the first place,” said Metraux. “With all the coaching staff and the team, I learned a lot. It was a really important four years in my career so far.”