April 7, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State junior Jessica Negron carded the best score of the second round – a 3 under par 69 – and is in a tie for first place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team is in second place in the team standings with one round remaining to play in the Bryan National Collegiate on the Bryan Park Players Course. Negron came within one stroke of tying her career low for a single round and the Seminoles finished 1 over par as a team to move from a tie for fifth place in the team standings into second place with 18 holes remaining to be played in the event.
Florida State enters Sunday’s final round of play trailing the Tennessee Lady Vols by only two strokes in the race for the team championship. The Seminoles, in turn, lead No. 6 North Carolina by four strokes and N. 19 Ohio State by five strokes. The Seminoles are playing for their first team championship of the year and have earned three top five team finishes during the fall and spring seasons. Negron is tied in the individual standings with Erica Popson of Tennessee and Rachel Rohanna of South Carolina. Negron was one stroke better than both Popson and Rohanna in the second round to move from a tie for eighth place in the individual standings after the first round to a shot at her first career championship entering the third round.
“I am very proud of how the girls played today,” said head coach Amy Bond. “They played some great golf. This is the round I have been waiting to see all spring long. We have put ourselves into a good position going into tomorrow.”
Negron (Ocala, Fla.) continued her late season drive toward the postseason as she carded a 69 (the best round of her junior year) for a two round total of 141. She was at par with a 72 in the first round and moved up seven positions in the individual standings with her second round score of 69. Negron played one of the best rounds of her collegiate career – 18 rounds at par or better with three birdies. She birdied her second and third holes of the day to move to two under, moved to 3 under par with a birdie on her eighth hole and closed the round with 10 consecutive holes of par.
Negron has put her game into overdrive in this tournament and is four strokes under par over the last 23 holes with 22 of 23 holes scored at par or better. She has earned scores of 71-72-69 in her last three rounds dating to the third round of last weekend’s Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
“I hit the majority of greens in regulation and felt that my putting was pretty good today,” said Negron. “I really try to play well throughout the season but there is something about approaching the postseason – maybe my own personal April and May Madness – but as we get closer to postseason I know that we all have to play well to make it back to nationals. That’s the thing; we all have to play well so we go to nationals as a team. That’s our No. 1 goal.”
Negron is one stroke ahead of the nation’s No. 1 ranked golfer – Lindy Duncan of Duke who has a two day total of 142.
Freshman Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) continued her stellar first season as a Seminoles as she carded a one of par 73 – she is in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings with a two round total of 147. She matched her first round total of three birdies in scoring her 73 in a round where she was never more than 1 stroke over par.
Castelain began the second round in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings and moved up 12 spots with her play in the second round.
Senior Hannah Thomson (Perth Australia) returned to the form with has won her three varsity letters and led her to be named a team co-captain this season as she, too, carded a 1 over par score of 73. She improved her score by eight strokes after starting the tournament with an uncharacteristic 9 over par score of 81. Thomson moved up an incredible 36 places in in the individual standings with her play in the second round.
The Seminoles are the highest placing team in the ACC and are ahead of six teams ranked ahead of them in the national rankings: No. 6 North Carolina (third place, four strokes behind Florida State), No. 10 Duke (seventh place, seven strokes behind Florida State), No. 19 Ohio State (fourth place, five strokes behind Florida State), No., 21 NC State (tied for 11th, 19 strokes behind Florida State), No. 24 Michigan State (13th place, 24 strokes behind Florida State) and No. 25 Virginia (ninth place, 16 strokes behind Florida State).
Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/Second Round Florida State Results Bryan Park Golf Center Players Course/Greensboro, N.C./April 6-8, 2012 2/17. Florida State 297 289 586 T1. Jessica Negron 72 69 141 T11. Laure Castelain 74 73 147 T29. Maria Salinas 76 74 150 T49. Hannah Thomson 81 73 154 T82. Carlton Kuhlo 75 86 161
Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/Second Round Team Results Bryan Park Golf Center Players Course/Greensboro, N.C./April 6-8, 2012 1. Tennessee 584 T9. Tulane 602 2. Florida State 586 T11. UNC Greensboro 605 3. North Carolina 590 T11. NC State 605 4. Ohio State 591 13. Michigan State 610 5. South Carolina 592 14. Kentucky 613 6. Duke 593 15. UNC Wilmington 617 7. Wake Forest 594 16. Louisville 633 8. Northwestern 595 17. College of Charleston 635 9. Virginia 602