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Golf Team Has Played In 7th Straight NCAA Tournaments

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State women’s golf team, which finished the season ranked No. 29 by GolfWeek Magazine and No. 30 by GolfStat, made their school record seventh consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, finished in a tie for 10th place in the NCAA Central Regional Championship, finished in fourth place in the ACC Championship and finished in the top 5 of the team standings in five different events during the fall 2011 and spring 2012 seasons. The Seminoles have now appeared in every NCAA Championship tournament since 2006. Florida State earned its best finishes of the season as it finished in third place in the Lady Gator Invitational and in a tie for third place in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic at the University of Oklahoma. Senior Maria Salinas, who earned All-American Third Team honors from GolfWeek and All-American Honorable Mention honors from the National Golf Coaches’ Association of America, led the Seminoles with a career low 74-30 stroke average.

Senior Maria Salinas carded a 2 under par 70 in the final round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship and finished in a tie for 102nd place in the individual standings of the 72 hole event on the Legend’s Course at Vanderbilt University. She birdied three of her final five holes as she played her best round of the tournament and closed her Florida State career on a very high note.

Senior Maria Salinas, who became the first NCAA Regional Champion in school history at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional Championship, earned All-American Third Team Honors from GolfWeek Magazine and All-American Honorable Mention honors as selected by the National Golf Coaches Association in 2012. It marked the seventh time since 1989 that a Seminole women’s golfer has earned All-America status from the national governing body of women’s collegiate golf. Salinas also earned All-Central Region All-American honors from the NGCA after finishing in a tie for first place at the NCAA Central Regional Championship – her finish at the regional championship allowed her to qualify for NCAA Championship Finals as an individual participant. Salinas finished with a 3 under par score of 213 on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club to become the highest finishing Seminole in a regional championship in school history.

Senior Maria Salinas was named to the All-ACC Women’s Golf Team for the second consecutive year as announced by the league office. Salinas became one of only four players in school history to earn All-ACC honors multiple times during her career. Salinas’ selection to the All-ACC team marked the school record 12th consecutive season that at least one Seminole has been named to the All-ACC team. Salinas tied the school record for best finish in an ACC Championship (tied for second) and won her first career individual championship at the Lady Gator Invitational in March. Salinas joins a select group of Seminoles – Karen Stupples, Kristin Tamulis and Caroline Westrup – who have earned All-ACC honors multiple times during their careers. Westrup earned the honor a school record four times while Tamulis was honored by the ACC three times during her career.

Second year Seminole head coach Amy Bond is batting 1.000. She is perfect in two straight years as the Seminoles head coach in leading the team to a pair of NCAA Championship appearances. Florida State’s players have earned four top five individual finishes, eight top 25 individual finishes and one individual championship (Maria Salinas at the Lady Gator Invitational).

Name               Tourn.   Rounds    Par    -75    Low    Strokes    Avg.
Maria Salinas      10       30        9      17     66     2,229      74.30
Laure Castelain    9        27        2      14     70     2,045      75.74
Malin Jansson      7        21        1      10     70     1,591      75.76
Jessica Negron     9        27        5      13     69     2,048      75.85
Alex Milan         7        20        1      2      72     1,564      78.20
Hannah Thomson     6        18        2      3      70     1,408      78.22
Carlton Kuhlo      4        12        0      2      74     969        80.75

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