May 20, 2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. –
Florida State freshman Jessica Negron carded her second sub par round of the tournament with a one-under par 71 to lead the Seminoles into a tie for ninth place in the team standings with only one round remaining in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at the Country Club of Landfall. The Seminoles begin play in Friday’s final round looking to earn the first ever top 10 NCAA finish in the sport of women’s golf. Florida State’s best finish in the NCAA Championship is 13th during the 1999 season.
Florida State vaulted from a tie for 11th after two rounds into a tie for ninth after three rounds with the eighth best team score of the third round. Purdue, which moved into first place during the third round, scored a 280. The Seminoles’ 294 total was tied Alabama for the eighth best round of the 24 teams competing in the event. The Seminoles finished six strokes over par for the day.
Purdue swept into first place in the team standings surpassing Southern California for the top spot. The Boilermakers will play with the Trojans and Arizona State in the final grouping as the three teams fight to earn the coveted title of national champion. Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State is the individual leader with a nine under par score of 207.
Negron carded a one under par 71 and is in a tie for 10th place with a 216 total for the first three rounds. She carded a 69 in the first round and was under par today to sit atop the Seminoles’ team leader board. She led the Seminoles with five birdies and was over par for only one of her 18 holes played. Negron, too, enters play in the final round looking to earn the top finish by a Florida State player in the NCAA Championship. All-American Kristin Tamulis finished in a school best tied for 28th place in the 2003 NCAA Championship.
“I am very proud of how the girls handled themselves today,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “The played solid golf while having to finish their round early this morning and then brought their intensity back to the course after a long break before teeing off again. For all five of the girls to be able to stay focused from 7:30 in the morning until 6:30 at night is amazing.”
Negron (Ocala, Fla.) put herself in position for a strong national finish as she worked her way to as many as three strokes under par during the third round. With three birdies on the last five holes of her front nine she made the turn at one under par. She then birdied two of her first four holes on her back nine and was three under par with two holes to play.
“I’m having fun out on the course,” said Negron. “I’m hitting my irons well and my putting is getting to be where I want it to be. It’s great that our team is doing well; that means more to me than doing well individually. As we all continue to play well individually we will continue to do well as a team. That’s why we are here.”
Sophomore Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) – the only Seminole who has now played in more than one NCAA Championship finals event – continued to be a team leader as she shot a three over par 74. She has a three round total of 219 and is in a tie for 23rd place.
Salinas was nearly flawless during the round as she finished with 16 of her 18 holes at par or better. With one birdie on her first nine she was even or below par and made the turn at one under par. Salinas then played seven of her nine holes on her back nine at even par to finish with a 74.
With Negron and Salinas in the top 25 of the individual standings, the Seminoles are one of only nine teams in the tournament with multiple players in the top 25 of the individual standings.
Sophomore Hannah Thomson continued to score well as he finished with a 75 and has a 54-hole total of 225. She is in a tie for 59th place with teammate Macarena Silva who carded a two over par score of 74.
Thomson (Perth, Australia) has averaged 75.0 strokes per round this week with scores of 74-76-75 with each of her three scores counting toward the team score each day. In the third round, she was consistently at par over her first nine holes and moved to one under with a birdie on her first hole after making the turn. Thomson unfortunately bogeyed four of her final eight holes to finish with a three over par 75.
Silva (Santiago, Chile) was also very consistent in third round with 14 holes at par or better with two birdies. She was one under par on her first nine with one birdie and eight holes of par. Silva was over par on only two of her 18 holes played during the round.
Senior Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) played her best round of the tournament as she finished with a five over par score of 77. She jumpstarted her round to begin her second nine and closed with eight consecutive even par holes.
Only 10 strokes from moving into the top five in the team standings, the Seminoles will play with Auburn and UCLA beginning at 1:25 in the final round.
NCAA Division I Women's Golf Champ./May 18-21, 2010/3rd Round FSU Results Country Club of Landfall/Wilmington, N.C./Par 72 T9/24. Florida State 289 302 294 885 T10. Jessica Negron 69 76 71 216 T23. Maria Salinas 70 75 74 219 T59. Hannah Thomson 74 76 75 225 T59. Macarena Silva 76 75 74 225 T112. Lacey Agnew 78 81 77 236
NCAA Division I Women's Golf Champ./May 18-21, 2010/3rd Round Team Results Country Club of Landfall/Wilmington, N.C./Par 72 1. Purdue 858 T13. Duke 891 2. Southern Cal 865 T13. Pepperdine 891 T3. Arizona State 871 15. Virginia 892 T3. Alabama 871 16. New Mexico 894 5. Arizona 875 T17. Texas 895 6. Vanderbilt 879 T17. TCU 895 7. UCLA 882 19. Tulane 900 8. Auburn 884 20. Tennessee 904 T9. Florida State 885 T21. Kent State 909 T9. Texas A&M 885 T21. Stanford 909 T9. Oklahoma State 885 23. San Jose State 921 12. South Carolina 890 24. Oregon 924