Sept. 13, 2011
BRYAN, Tex. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior co-captain Maria Salinas carded a personal tournament best 73 and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in fifth place finish in the final team standings of the fall season opening “Mo” Moral Tournament at the Traditions Club. Salinas improved her single round score by nine strokes as compared to her first round score of 82 and finished in a tie for 26th place in the individual standings – the eighth consecutive tournament in which she has finished in the top 30 of the individual standings in a collegiate tournament.
Texas won the team championship as it held on to defeat Auburn by two strokes. The Longhorns lost seven strokes to the Tigers in the final round but had a big enough cushion after the first two rounds of play to hold on for their first team victory in the 17-year history of the event. Carlie Yadloczky of Auburn, who had a share of the lead in each of the three rounds, claimed the individual championship by one stroke over Desiree Dubreuil of Texas.
“We had three really good rounds today and we improved each day we were on the course this week,” said Seminole head coach Amy Bond. “In the end we came up just a few strokes short of third place in a tough tournament. We will build on our play during this tournament because we know we need to be more consistent. We need four and five good scores in each round to be competitive and to compete for championships in every tournament we play. Winning championships is our goal and this shows us that we still have work to do to get to that point.”
Salinas (Lima, Peru) played her best golf of the tournament as she carded a one over par 73 over the final 18 holes for a for a 232 total and a tied for 26th place finish. She played well during the entire round and was at or under par on 15 of her 18 holes played with two birdies. Salinas had nearly as many birdies (two) in the final round as she did during the first two rounds combined (three) and had fewer bogies (three) than she had in both the first (six) and second rounds (six). Salinas was never more than two strokes over par during any point in the third round.
“We didn’t play our best golf this week but we improved our score in every round,” said Salinas. “We have one month to prepare for our next tournament in Oklahoma and I think we are going to continue to improve each day in practice. I played better; I hit the ball better, putted better and felt more comfortable on the course today. I have a lot of work to do to get to where I need to be to be a consistent leader on this team.”
Junior Malin Jansson (Nykvarn, Sweden) finished as Florida State’s top golfer with a 230 total of a tied for 21st place finish in the team standings. She carded a 74 in the final round and displayed marked improvement in each of her rounds during the event. After carding a 79 in the first round, she improved by two strokes with a 77 in the second round and again with a 74 in the third round.
Freshman Carlton Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) finished in 29th place and as the Seminoles’ third highest ranking golfer. She carded a personal tournament best 74 in the third round – an eight stroke improvement for her score of 82 in the second round.
“Two of our three best rounds of the third round came from the two newcomers in our line-up (Malin and Carlton),” said Bond. “Malin played well in her first tournament as a Seminole and Carlton played phenomenally in her first collegiate event. It’s all new for Carlton – a new team, a new scene and a new experience – I’m really happy with the way she played.”
Florida State will play its next event at the Suzie Maxwell Berning Classic at the University of Oklahoma Oct. 16-18.
"Mo" Morial Tournament/Par 72/Final Florida State Results The Traditions Golf Club/Bryan Texas/Sept. 11-13, 2011 5/12. Florida State 309 307 302 918 T21. Malin Jansson 79 77 74 230 T26. Maria Salinas 82 77 73 232 29. Carlton Kuhlo 77 82 74 233 T30. Jessica Negron 75 78 81 234 T41. Hannah Thomson 78 75 84 237
"Mo" Morial Tournament/Final Team Results The Traditions Golf Club/Bryan Texas/Sept. 11-13, 2011 1. Texas 885 7. Oklahoma 923 2. Auburn 887 8. Michigan State 929 3. Kentucky 914 9. Tulane 931 4. North Texas 917 10. Coastal Carolina 936 5. Florida State 918 11. Texas San Antonio 947 6. Texas A&M 921 12. Texas A&M (B) 958