May 25, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State’s Jessica Negron and Maria Salinas have been honored for the performances at the NCAA East Regional Championships and have earned regional All-American honors as voted on by the National Golf Coaches’ Association of American (NGCA). Negron finished in a tie for third place and Salinas in a tie for sixth place at the NCAA East Regional Championship on the Legends Course at LPGA International, May 5-7.
With two selections to the all-region team, the Seminoles were tied with the most selections to the team with regional champion Alabama. The Seminoles and Alabama were the only two teams in the regional championship to have multiple players finish in the top 10 of the individual standings.
Negron and Salinas helped Florida State finish in a tie for eighth place in the team standings of the regional championship and were defeated by Vanderbilt in a one hole playoff and did not advance to the NCAA Championship finals.
Negron carded scores of 69-73-74 for an even par score of 216 which placed her only seven strokes behind Stephanie Meadow of Alabama, the regional champion. The Ocala, Fla., native tied her career best with her third place finish. Salinas, who was voted on the All-ACC Women’s Golf team for the first time in her career in 2011, finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings. Salinas finished the event with a final round score of two over par 74 and finished the event with a one over par score of 217. Although Salinas performed well, she did not advance to the Championship Finals after a one hole playoff loss to Caroline Powers of Michigan State.
Negron finished in a tie for 45th place at the NCAA Championship finals at the Traditions Course in Bryan, Tex.
“I’m really proud of each of the players on our team and how they all performed this season,” said head coach Amy Bond. “I am happy for Jess and Maria for earning regional All-American recognition and I am even happier that both of them learned a lot this year and will be members of our team next season. The fall is going to be here before we know it and the experiences all of the players get between now and then are going to make us a much better team next season.”