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Metraux claims her first Symetra Tour victory

Morgane Metraux poses with her championship trophy after winning at the Island Resort in Harris. (Courtesy photo)
Switzerland’s Morgane Metraux putts Saturday at the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris. She shot 17 under par to win the tournament. (Courtesy photo)

HARRIS — Playing in the final pairing for the second time this year, Morgane Metraux (Laussane, Switzerland) came in determined to score well in the final round of the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris.

Starting Sunday three-strokes behind the lead did not phase the 24-year-old Florida State University alum. After carding a final round 5-under she claimed her first win on the Symetra Tour with 17-under overall.

“To be honest the first couple holes I was a little bit nervous. I wasn’t quite playing my game like I was the last couple of days,” Metraux said in a press release. “Then after my first bogey of the week on No. 7 today, I was a little bit annoyed by that, and said okay now I am going to focus on what I am doing and play my own golf and see where I end up at the end of the day. Then that’s when I started making a few birdies, so I guess that worked for me.”

Her finish in Harris. earns exemption into The Evian Championship next month, the fourth major on the LPGA Tour schedule this year. The Ladies European Tour member shared how this exemption was the ultimate cherry on top.

“The Evian Championship is my ‘little girl dream,” Metraux said. “I grew up just across the lake from it and that’s the first event I ever went to, it was the biggest thing for me as a little girl. I’ve always actually dreamed of playing in it and to know I am actually going to be there is amazing. To have home support is going to be really great so I am really thankful for the opportunity this week.”

Just behind Metraux, Maude-Aimee Leblanc (Sherbrooke, Quebec) finished the day at 16-under. This is her third runner-up finish this year. Leblanc tied for second at the Copper Rock Championship and IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort and Spa. After this week, Leblanc stays in the running for the Race for the Card at No. 4 with $56,712.

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