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Putting For Birdies With Maria Salinas

May 4, 2010





Sophomore Maria Salinas, who has played in all six of the Seminoles’ events this spring, is in her first season at Florida State but will play in her second NCAA Regional Championship this weekend. She finished in a tie for 55th place with a 236 total (80+72+84) in leading UT Chattanooga to an eighth place finish in the regional championship last season and led the Seminoles with a tied for 10th place finish at the ACC Championship this season.

What are your plans and how will you prepare for NCAA Regional competition with such a long layoff after the ACC Championship?
“I finished my final exams last Wednesday meaning have had a week to prepare myself for NCAA Regionals. I feel like I have had a good week of practice because I have been able to take my time and work on the parts of my game that I felt needed tweaking. It’s as simple as giving everything I have to get ready to play in the postseason.”

Between now and the beginning of regional competition, what will you work on to improve your game?
“Definitely my short game. I think that the short game is the key to success in golf.”

Following your strong performance in the ACC Championship, what are your personal goals heading into the NCAA Regional championships?
“My goal for every tournament that I play is to win it. If you don’t go with you mind set to win, you never going to win.”

What do you think the one main thing this team has improved on this spring?
“I think our team has improved itself the most by being there for each other when our teammates needed it the most. For example, when we are in a tournament and one of us is struggling on the golf course, another teammate steps their game up.”

Has this team grown tight as the season has progressed?
“Definitely. I think that traveling together this entire semester has helped us grow tight and that is reflected in our team work and how well we have learned to work together.”

Does it matter that you are in the Central Region as compared to the East or West region of the NCAA Tournament?
“I really did not care if we were sent to Stanford, Indianapolis or North Carolina. We know that if we want to get to nationals, we need to beat the teams in any of the three regions.”

Do you enjoy the pressure that postseason play brings?
“I love the postseason – that is what you play for all season long. I think the postseason is the best part of the year. One of the best things about the postseason is that we are done with school and we don’t need to be thinking about exams or homework. Its all about golf.”

Do you watch much golf on television in your spare time?
“I rarely watch golf on TV, but the tournaments I cant miss are the Masters and the U.S. Open.”

What do you like to do to get away from golf?
“I enjoy watching movies, resting or playing other sports besides golf.”

Do you support the other sports teams on campus when you are not on the golf course?
“As a team we had planned to watch many of the other sports teams on campus. Being this my first semester at Florida State, and with the busy schedule we have had, I have only been in able to go to the Women’s Tennis match against Miami. I hope to take in some of the sports as they play their NCAA matches on campus.”

How much fun are you having as a Florida State student-athlete?
“Being at Florida State is awesome. I have liked being here since the moment I got to campus. Everyone is willing to help and they make me feel like its home.”

When you are on the golf course, and after finishing well in your events this spring, have you and your teammates felt more a part of the elite this spring?
“With the couple of wins we had in the spring we are confident of our abilities and what we can accomplish. Not only that, but the other teams now know of what our team is capable of accomplishing when we go to play in tournaments.”

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