April 11, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
No. 25 Florida State, which finished in third place at last week’s Bryan National Collegiate, travels to play in the 24th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship tournament at the Sedgefield country Club in Greensboro, N.C., April 13-15. The Seminoles arrive at the ACC Championship with a third place finish at the Lady Gator Invitational and a third place finish at the Bryan National Collegiate in two of their last three tournaments. Florida State enters the 2012 ACC Championship looking to win its first ACC championship in the sport of women’s golf.
THE 24TH ANNUAL ACC CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
No. 25 Florida State is joined by No. 6 North Carolina, No. 8 Duke, No. 22 NC State, Virginia Wake Forest, Boston College, Maryland, Miami and in the 24th Annual ACC Championship. The championship will be played at the Par 71, 6,185 yard course at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. It marks the fourth consecutive season the tournament will be played at Sedgefield. North Carolina is the defending champion as they defeated Duke by 24 strokes last year. Cheyenne Woods of Wake Forest won the individual championship with a seven stroke win over North Carolina’s Allie White.
FLORIDA STATE LOOKING FOR FIRST TEAM ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State, which has earned five top five team finishes in their last six appearances in the ACC Women’s Golf Championship, finished in fifth place in the 2011 ACC Championship. Florida State enter the 2011 ACC Championship looking to win the first ACC women’s golf championship in school history. The Seminoles have finished as high as second (1992, 1995 and 1999) and have earned four third place finishes since joining the nation’s top conference for the 1992 season.
Florida State's Team Finishes In The ACC Championship 1992 2nd 923 2002 4th 911 1993 4th 941 2003 5th 909 1994 4th 957 2004 5th 887 1995 2nd 908 2005 6th 949 1996 4th 944 2006 5th 918 1997 4th 937 2007 3rd 913 1998 4th 935 2008 3rd 880 1999 2nd 902 2009 6th 933 2000 3rd 974 2010 4th 901 2001 3rd 936 2011 5th 911
SEMINOLES LOOKING FOR FIRST ACC CHAMPION
Florida State has had one player finish in the top 10 of the individual standings in each of the last 11 and 18 of the last 19 ACC Championship tournaments and is looking for a Seminole to take home the individual ACC Championship for the first time.
Florida State's Individual Finishes In The ACC Championship 1992 Mary Lee Cobick 2nd 2002 Kristiin Tamulis T4th 1993 Kelly Pittman 6th 2003 Kristin Tamulis T4th 1994 Karen Stupples T4th 2004 Katie Quinney T5th 1995 Tiffany Faucette 2nd 2005 Jaclyn Burch T10th 1996 M. Pascual-Del-Pobil 4th 2006 Caroline Westrup 4th 1997 Amy Spooner T8th 2007 Caroline Westrup 2nd 1998 Sarah Capie T9th 2008 Caroline Westrup 2nd 1999 Amy Spooner 3rd 2009 Macarena Silva T10th 2000 Kristin Tamulis 11th 2010 Maria Salinas 10th 2001 Kristin Tamulis T3rd 2011 Macarena Silva T9th
FIRST TIME WITH THIS COMBINATION
Florida State will play with the starting line-up of seniors Maria Salinas and Hannah Thomson, junior Jessica Negron and freshmen Laure Castelain and Alex Milan at the 2012 ACC Championship. It marks the first time that second year head coach Amy Bond will utilize this combination of players in an event.
ENTERING THE ACC’S WITH CONFIDENCE
With a third place finish and victories over four of the five teams from the ACC who played in last week’s Bryan National Collegiate, the Seminoles arrive at Sedgefield Country Club with a great deal of confidence. Florida State finished ahead of four ACC teams in the event – North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia and NC State and finished ahead of five teams ranked ahead of it in the national rankings: No. 6 North Carolina, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 21 NC State, No. 24 Michigan State and No. 25 Virginia.
TWO TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL FINISHES AT BRYAN PARK
Junior Jessica Negron earned the best finish of her junior season as she finished with a 3 over par total of 219 and in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings at last weekend’s Bryan National Collegiate. Negron has now earned three career top five finishes with her most recent (tied for third) coming at the NCAA East Regional Championship during the spring of 2011. Freshman Laure Castelain finished in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings of the Bryan National with a three round score of 221. She finished a total of five strokes over par with scores of 74-73-74 to earn her second career top 10 finish. Castelain finished in a career best tied for third place at the University of Oklahoma Tournament during the fall season. Her 221 score is the third best of her burgeoning collegiate career.
THREE HAVE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE
Florida State brings one of the most experience line-ups – three of its players have played in a total of seven ACC Championships – to the 2012 league championship tournament. Seniors Maria Salinas (10th place finish in 2010) and Hannah Thompson (tied for 21st place in 2011) and Jessica Negron (tied for 11th place in 2011) have all played in at least two championship while freshman Laure Castelain and Alex Milan will make their ACC Championship debuts this weekend.
SALINAS NAMED GOLFER OF THE MONTH OF MARCH
Senior Maria Salinas, who won her first career individual championship at the Lady Gator Invitational, was named the ACC Golfer of the Month of March – along with North Carolina’s Catherine O’Donnell. Salinas won her first career individual championship with a 4-under par score of 206 at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational, played March 16-18 in Gainesville, Fla. She helped the Seminoles finish in third place in the team standings and her final 66 score on the last day ranked as her career low. The Seminoles, ranked No. 34 nationally at the time of the tournament, finished ahead of four teams in the top 15 of the national ranking including No. 4 Auburn (tied for sixth), No. 11 Duke (fifth) and No. 14 Baylor (ninth).
SALINAS WITH CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
Senior Maria Salinas has known nothing but success in conference championship tournaments. As a freshman at Tennessee Chattanooga in 2009 she finished in a tie for third place in the Southern Conference Championship and, after transferring to Florida State, finished in a tie for 10th place at the ACC Championship in 2010. She finished in a tied for 17th place in the individual standings in the 2011 ACC Championship.
SEMINOLE WOMEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (Fall 2011 / Spring 2012) Name Tourn Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Maria Salinas 7 20 3 11 66 1,491 74.55 Laure Castelain 7 21 2 13 70 1,574 74.95 Malin Jansson 6 18 1 10 70 1,353 75.17 Jessica Negron 7 21 5 11 69 1,591 75.76 Alex Milan 6 17 1 2 72 1,324 77.88 Hannah Thomson 4 12 2 2 70 937 78.08 Carlton Kuhlo 4 12 0 2 74 969 80.75