Kim Métraux qualified for Final Series of LPGA-Q-School

LPGA Q School Stage II 2021

With four strong rounds in Florida and a total score of 7 under par, Kim Métraux has also made it through Stage 2 of the Q-School for the LPGA Tour 2022. The 26-year-old from Lausanne has thus qualified for the Final Series, which will take place in Alabama at the beginning of December.

The path to the best-endowed and strongest women's golf tour in the world, the LPGA Tour, is long and rocky. It leads either via the Symetra Tour, where the ten best players in the annual rankings are entitled to start on the LPGA Tour for the coming season. This is the path chosen by 24-year-old Morgane Métraux from Lausanne - and two weeks ago she was overjoyed to announce that she had reached her goal for the 2021 season. Her sister Kim Métraux, two years older, has chosen the second possible path: she is fighting her way through the LPGA Tour Qualifying School marathon. (The Q-School for the LPGA Tour has three stages; at the end of August, Kim Métraux qualified in California in Stage 1 in 46th place and thus easily advanced to Stage 2, which was played last week at the Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice (Florida). Here, 45 places were up for grabs for the Final Series, which is scheduled for the beginning of December in Alabama. Kim Métraux put in a strong performance, finishing in a tie for 13th place with rounds of 68, 73 and two 70s. With a total score of 7 under par, she was well above the "cut line" (3 under par), which decided whether she would advance. In the Final Series, eight rounds (144 holes) are played; the top 45 receive an LPGA Tour card for the coming season.

Solid play and a lot of self-confidence

After the tournament in Venice, which was played on two courses - the Bobcat Course and Panther Course - Kim Métraux was relieved and happy to have taken the next step on the way to the LPGA Tour 2022. She describes her recipe for success for the strong performances in this Stage 2 as follows: "I was very calm all week and had confidence in my game." Playing four under par in the first round was of course perfect, "it put me in a good position for the tournament and gave me a lot of confidence." The 26-year-old played the second and third rounds on the Panther Course, whose layout is a little more generous than that of the Bobcat with its narrow fairways. "On the Panther Course, however, I had a little more difficulty reading the greens," Kim Métraux explains. But even in rounds 2 and 3, she was always able to clearly defend her position in the top 45. She was then allowed to play the final round on Sunday on the Bobcat Course again, "I was happy about that, because even though it is narrower, I feel more comfortable on this course and especially on its greens". Looking back on the week, the Lausanne native is pleased with her performance in Florida: "Overall, my game was very solid all week and I'm happy with how I performed."

Even though the LPGA Q-School Final Series will not be played until the beginning of December, Kim Métraux will not be "tournament-free" in the next few weeks. From Florida, it's straight on to the United Arab Emirates, where the next LET tournament starts on Wednesday with the Dubai Moonlight Classic.

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Photo: Kim Métraux | LPGA Q-School Stage II, Symetra Tour