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Golf Tied For 6th At NCAA

May 18, 2010

Florida State freshman Jessica Negron is in seventh place in the individual standings and the No. 23 ranked Seminole women’s golf team is in a tie for sixth place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at the Country Club of Landfall. Negron was bogey free for the first time in her career as she came within one stroke of tying her career best round with a three under par 69.

Florida State is in the hunt for the team championship with three rounds and 54 holes remaining to be played after their strong showing in Tuesday’s first round. With a one over par total of 289, the Seminoles counted two scores under par (69 by Negron and 70 by sophomore Maria Salinas) and two more scores a 76 or below (74 by Hannah Thompson and 76 by Macarena Silva) to mark their best team score since finishing with a 288 in the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate on April 3. Florida State won the team championship in that event. It also marked the first time since the third round of the Pinehurst Challenge that the Seminoles had counted two sub par scores in the same round. The Seminoles also won the team championship at the Pinehurst Challenge.

“Our girls have really played well all semester,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “It’s no surprise to us how well they played though I sure it’s a surprise to other people. They are a really a solid bunch of girls. They all had a good one today.”

The Seminoles are the only team not ranked in the top 20 in the national rankings that are in the top 10 of team standings after the first round and are the second highest placing of the three ACC teams in the event. The Seminoles just behind second ranked Duke (tied for third) and 13th ranked Virginia (10th).

With two players in the top 10 of the individual standings (Negron in seventh and Salinas in a tie for eighth), the Seminoles are one of only three teams in the event (also first place Southern California and second place Purdue) with multiple players in the top 10 of the individual standings heading into the second round.

On the course, the Seminoles combined to card one eagle (by Thompson on the 18th hole) and 11 birdies while finishing with only two holes higher than bogey. Two Seminoles (Negron and Salinas) were never more than one stroke over par (Negron was never over par) and the team as a whole as minus five under par on the finishing 18th hole.

“All of the girls have been around the greens this spring,” continued Golden. “They have all been doing the little things that make a difference and they played really steady and played smart today. They all held it together and had a great round as a team.”

Negron was among the most consistent golfers on the course throughout the round. She was steady on her first five holes with five pars before moving under par with a birdie on the par five sixth hole. From there, she remained under par for the rest of the round. Negron’s second birdie came on the par three 13th to move her to two under par while her third and final birdie came on the par five 18th hole. She came close to earning an eagle three on the hole by mere inches.

“Coming into this championship and during the two practice rounds for this event I was practicing really hard to get my short game, especially my putting, in good shape,” said Negron. “I am playing with a lot of confidence coming into this championship.”

Negron (Ocala, Fla.) is looking to earn the highest individual finish and the first top 10 individual finish by a Seminole in the NCAA Championship. Caroline Westrup, a four-time All-American (2006-09) finished in tie for 11th place in the individual standings at the 2008 NCAA Championship.

Negron is looking to earn the second top-10 finish of her career after finishing in a tie for third place at the spring 2010 Lady Gator Invitational. She also began that event with a score of 69.

Salinas (Lima, Peru) settled down after a tough start and closed the round at minus two strokes under par over her final 14 holes to finish with a two-under par score of 70. Her score of 70 tied her career low score. After bogeys on two of her first four holes, she calmed down and played flawless golf to close out the round. Salinas earned birdies on holes No. five, 12 and 18 to finish at two under par. Salinas moved to even par with her birdie on the fifth hole and moved under par with her birdie on the 12 hole – where she stayed for the remainder of the round.

Salinas’s score of 70 marked the third time as a Seminole and fourth time during her career that she finished with a score of 70. She carded scores of 70 in the third round of the spring 2010 Pinehurst Challenge, the second round of the 2010 Lady Gator Invitational and in the Mercedes Benz Women’s Championship while she was at Tennessee Chattanooga during her freshman season.

Sophomore Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) earned the most dramatic finish of the afternoon as she closed her round with a birdie on the par four 17th hole and an eagle three on the par five 18th hole. In gaining three strokes on her final two holes, she closed the round with a two over par score of 74.

Thomson’s first eagle of her sophomore season allowed her to help the Seminoles finish in the top five of the team standings after the first round. After finishing her first nine at even par with nine holes at par, she ran into a bit of trouble after making the turn with two bogeys and a triple bogey to move to five over par after 13 holes. Thompson, though, recovered and finished at three under par over her final five holes.

Junior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) carded a four over par score of 76 and she scored 13 holes at par or better with two birdies. She played her best golf late in the round as she was one under par with one birdie and five holes at par over her last six holes. Sliva was three over par on her front nine and only one over par on her back nine to finish as one of the Seminoles’ four counted scores.

Senior Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.), Florida State’s team captain, finished with a six over par score of 78. She earned birdies on both sides of the course with her first coming on hole No. 6 and her second coming to close out her round on hole No. 18.

Florida State will play in the afternoon wave of teams in Wednesday’s second round with Tulane and Stanford for the second consecutive day. The Seminoles will tee off beginning at 1:26.

NCAA Division I Women's Golf Champ./May 18-21, 2010/First Round FSU Results
Country Club of Landfall/Wilmington, N.C. Par 72
T6/24.   Florida State      289
7.       Jessica Negron     69
T8.      Maria Salinas      70
T49.     Hannah Thomson     74
T72.     Macarena Silva     76
T101.    Lacey Agnew        78

NCAA Division I Women's Golf Champ./May 18-21, 2010/First Round Team Results
Country Club of Landfall/Wilmington, N.C. Par 72
1.    Southern Cal      282   T12.   Arizona            296
2.    Purdue            284   T14.   Pepperdine         297
T3.   Arizona State     288   T14.   Texas A&M          297
T3.   UCLA              288   T14.   Tennessee          297
T3.   Duke              288   17.    San Jose State     298
T6.   Alabama           289   18.    Texas              299
T6.   Florida State     289   T19.   South Carolina     300
8.    TCU               292   T19.   Stanford           300
9.    Auburn            293   21.    Oregon             301
10.   Virginia          294   22.    New Mexico         303
11.   Oklahoma State    295   23.    Kent State         307
T12.  Vanderbilt        296   24.    Tulane             311

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