September 12, 2010 - by
Noles In 6th Place

Sept. 12, 2010

The No. 22 ranked Florida State women’s golf team counted four scores of 74 and is in sixth place in the team standings after the first round of the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Golf Club. The Seminoles earned scores of 74 from senior Macarena Silva, juniors Maria Salinas and Hannah Thomson and sophomore Jessica Negron and have put themselves in contention for their first team title of the season with two rounds and 36 holes still remaining to be played in the event.

The Seminoles are only 12 strokes behind the lead of North Carolina, seven strokes behind second place Minnesota and only five strokes behind South Carolina who currently sits in third place in the 21-team tournament. Courtney Gruber of North Carolina leads the individual competition after she shot a three under par score of 69 and was the only player in the 110-player field to shoot a score below 70.

Florida State’s quartet of Silva, Salinas, Thomson and Negron are all tied for 27th place in the individual standings and are all only five strokes behind the lead of Gruber. Sophomore Andrea Kaelin, who is playing in her first match as a Seminole, carded a three over par score of 75 and is in a tie for 38th place in the individual standings.

“We played pretty well for the first round of the year,” said Amy Bond who is coaching her first event as the Seminoles’ head coach. “We just need to get back into the swing of things and get our feet underneath ourselves in the second round. We stumbled in the middle of the round but fought back to finish well.”

Florida State responded well to adversity late in the round as the five women combined to finish seven strokes under par on the final four holes of the afternoon.

Salinas, who will represent Peru in the upcoming World Amateur Championships in October, led the charge as she finished four under par on the final four holes. She eagled the par five 15th and birdied both the 17th and 18th holes to finish at two over par. Salinas averted disaster as she was four over par with a double bogey and two other bogeys on the first five holes of her back nine.

Silva, who will represent Chile in the upcoming World Amateur Championships, was steady and consistent over final five holes of her round with five consecutive pars. She finished the round with three birdies and 11 holes at par or better in beginning her season on a positive note.

Negron, who advanced to the match play portion of the US Women’s Amateur for the first time in her career this past summer, was one under par over her final 12 holes of the round. She carded 11 holes of par and one birdie in finishing at two over par. Negron was as many as three stokes over par after 14 holes but birdied hole number 15 to move to two under par.

Thomson, who played in the US Women’s Amateur for the first time in her career in August, birdied three of her final four holes of the round to move to two under. She recovered nicely and finished well after finding herself as many as five strokes over par after having played 14 holes. Thomson scored zero holes worse than bogey and totaled 11 holes at par or better.

Kaelin, the only newcomer to the Seminoles’ starting line-up, proved herself to be the most consistent of the Seminoles with 15 holes of par and only three bogeys in her Florida State debut. She was even through her first six holes and only one stroke over par through her first 13 holes.

“Overall as a group, we were pretty consistent,” said Bond. “We learned from today and are looking forward to getting back on the course tomorrow.”

6/21.   Florida State     296
T27.    Maria Salinas     74
T27.    Jessica Negron    74
T27.    Macarena Silva    74
T27.    Hannah Thomson    74
T38.    Andrea Kaelin     75

2010 Cougar Classic/Par 72/Sept. 12-14, 2010
Yeamans Hall Golf Club/Charleston SC/First Round Team Results
1.   North Carolina      285   12.  Kentucky              302
2.   Minnesota           289   13.  Wisconsin             303
3.   South Carolina      291   14.  Furman                304
4.   Florida             292   15.  South Florida         305
5.   Oklahoma            293   16.  NC State              308
6.   Florida State       296   17.  Maryland              309
T7.  Charleston          297   18.  Richmond              310
T7.  Penn State          297   19.  Mississippi State     315
9.   UCF                 298   20.  Miami                 318
T10. Ole Miss            300   21.  Charleston Southern   322
T10. UNC Greensboro      300

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