Sept. 11, 2011
BRYAN, Tex. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State junior Jessica Negron shot a three over par 75 and is in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team is in fourth place in the team standings after the first round of the “Mo” Morial Tournament at the Traditions Club. The Seminoles are playing in their first tournament of the fall semester and will begin Monday’s second round on the heels of Texas and Kentucky for a top three team placement and Auburn for the team championship.
Auburn is in first place in the team standings and has a three stroke lead over Texas and Kentucky. The Tigers, who moved into first place in the team standings after its round had been completed, have two players in the top six four players in the top 15 of the individual standings. The Tigers will attempt to win their first “Mo” Morial team title over the next two rounds of play. Ashleigh Albrecht of Kentucky and Carlie Yadlocsky of Auburn are tie for first in the individual standings with identical scores of two under par 70.
Florida State improved more than any team in the tournament on its back nine in the first round. The Seminoles were a total of 18 over par on the front nine and a total of one over par on the back nine. The Seminoles climbed from as low as 10th place in the team standings to their current position of fourth place during the second round.
“The girls were a combination of nervous and anxious at the start of the round,” said head coach Amy Bond. “This is probably one of the more challenging courses in all of college golf and I challenged them to take control of the course rather than let the course take control of them. They did a good job of hanging in early and played really good golf to finish the day.”
Negron (Ocala, Fla.) was outstanding on her back nine as she finished the round with three birdies and a minus two under par after making the turn to card a score of 75. She closed especially well with birdies on the final two holes and three birdies on her final eight holes. Negron went from four over par after the first nine holes to three over par at the conclusion of the round.
“I was anxious at the start of the round and that definitely effected my putting early on in the round,” said Negron. “When I settled down and began to sink my putts everything else fell into place.”
For Negron it was a return to the last course she played at the end of her sophomore season as she finished in a tie for 45th place at the 2011 NCAA Championship finals on the Traditions Course.
Carlton Kuhlo (Tallahassee. Fla./Chiles) played well in her first collegiate round as she carded a five over par score of 77. She was one under par over the final 10 holes of the round with one birdie and nine holes at par or better. Kuhlo adjusted to the course after her first eight holes and played the best golf of any of her four teammates on the back nine of the golf course.
Senior Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) finished with a first round score of 78 to close as Florida State’s third leading scorer in the first round. Malin Jansson (Nykvarn, Sweden) carded a score of 79 in her first round as a Seminole after transferring to Florida State from Western Carolina to begin the fall semester.
Monday’s second round begins at 9 a.m. EDT with the final round (a shotgun start) beginning at 9:30 EDT on Tuesday.
"Mo" Morial Tournament/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results The Traditions Golf Club/Bryan Texas/Sept. 11-13, 2011 4/12. Florida State 309 T10. Jessica Negron 75 T16. Carlton Kuhlo 77 T20. Hannah Thomson 78 T31. Malin Jansson 79 T54. Maria Salinas 82
"Mo" Morial Tournament/First Round Team Results The Traditions Golf Club/Bryan Texas/Sept. 11-13, 2011 1. Auburn 296 T7. Oklahoma 315 T2. Texas 299 T7. North Texas 315 T2. Kentucky 299 9. Tulane 317 4. Florida State 309 10. Coastal Carolina 318 5. Texas A&M 311 T11. Texas A&M (B) 321 6. Texas San Antonio 312 T11. Michigan State 321