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Golf Finishes 10th At NCAA

May 21, 2010

The Florida State University women’s golf team finished in 10th place in the final standings at the NCAA Division I Championship at the Country Club of Landfall to earn the best national finish for the Seminoles since 1981 and the first top 10 finish in their history of playing in eight previous NCAA Tournaments. The Seminoles best national finish came in 1981 when they won the A.I.A.W. national championship.

“Coach Chris Malloy and I are so proud of our players,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “I hope the players are proud of themselves and are going to enjoy this because top 10’s at national’s don’t come around too often. It’s a great finish four the girls and a great finish for the school. It sounds so crazy but it is so exciting to watch our girls play, compete and earn success. We are just so proud of each of the girls on our team.”

In earning their best NCAA Championship finals finish in school history, the Seminoles established a school record of fewest strokes (1,182) as they finished 16 strokes better than Florida State’s 2004 team which finished in a tie for 19th place. The Seminoles 10th place finish was three places better than the Seminoles’ previous best 13th place finish at the NCAA Championship finals in 1999.

The Seminoles entered the national championship finals ranked 23rd nationally and finished ahead of eight teams ranked ahead of them in the national rankings including No. 3 Auburn, No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 13 Virginia, No. 14 Pepperdine, No, 17 New Mexico and No. 18 TCU. Florida State was the second highest finishing ACC team in the event as it finished two strokes ahead of Virginia and only three strokes behind Duke.

Sophomore Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) led the Seminoles with a 20th place finish in the individual standings. She carded an even par 72 in the final round – her second best score of the tournament – to finish with a three over par total of 291. She was followed in the individual standings by freshman Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) who finished with a four over par score of 76 in the final round and a four over par score of 292 for the 72 hole tournament.

With Salinas finishing in 20th place and Negron finishing in a tie for 21st place in the individual standings it marked the first time in school history the Seminoles have finished an NCAA Championship tournament with multiple players in the top 25 of the individual standings. Additionally, Negron’s finish was the top finish by a freshman in school history.

Senior Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) played her best round of the tournament as she closed out her career with a one over par score of 73. After not counting any of her scores toward the team score in the first three rounds of the event, Agnew found a fitting way end her career as a Seminole.

“I could not be any happier for this team than I am right now,” she said soon after singing the final scorecard of her collegiate career. “We made it a goal as a team to reach nationals and to finish in the top 10 at nationals after every thing we have been through is a phenomenal feeling. The future is very bright for this program.”

Sophomore Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) finished with a four over par 76 in the final round and in a tie for 67th place in the individual standings. She carded four rounds with scores at 76 or better in finishing with a total of 301.

“I thought I played well today but unfortunately I didn’t putt as well as I wanted,” said Thomson. “I am very happy that we finished in the top 10 – what is great is that you can look around and smile because we played so well at the national championship. I loved playing in their tournament and it just gives you the confidence and the drive to get back here next year.”

Junior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) finished tied with Thomson in 67th place in the individual standings as she, too carded a 67 in the final round. She closed out her junior year with four scores at 76 or better as four of the Seminoles’ five players did not card a single score above 76.

“I thought I played pretty well the whole day,” said Silva. “I had one bad hole and that was it. I felt comfortable all day long. Our team is getting stronger each year and that’s why we played so well at nationals. We are going to keep improving and be even better next year.”

NCAA Division I Women's Golf Champ./May 18-21, 2010/Final FSU Results
Country Club of Landfall/Wilmington, N.C. Par 72
10/24.  Florida State    289   302   294   297   1,182
20.     Maria Salinas    70    75    74    72    291
T21.    Jessica Negron   69    76    71    76    292
T67.    Hannah Thomson   74    76    75    76    301
T67.    Macarena Silva   76    75    74    76    301
T108.   Lacey Agnew      78    81    77    73    309

NCAA Division I Women's Golf Champ./May 18-21, 2010/Final Team Results
Country Club of Landfall/Wilmington, N.C. Par 72
1.   Purdue            1,153  13.   Virginia            1,184
2.   Southern Cal.     1,154  T14.  South Carolina      1,186
3.   Alabama           1,157  T14.  Pepperdine          1,186
4.   Arizona State     1,161  T16.  New Mexico          1,189
5.   Arizona           1,166  T16.  Texas               1,189
6.   UCLA              1,169  18.   Tulane              1,193
7.   Vanderbilt        1,170  T19.  TCU                 1,199
T8.  Duke              1,179  T19.  Tennessee           1,199
T8.  Oklahoma State    1,179  T19.  Stanford            1,199
10.  Florida State     1,182  22.   Kent State          1,200
T11. Auburn            1,183  T23.  Oregon              1,218
T11. Texas A&M         1,187  T23.  San Jose State      1,218

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