March 30, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Maria Salinas birdied her final two holes and freshman Laure Castelain birdied two of her last three holes to lead a late surge by the Seminole women’s golf team that helped them move into a tie for eighth place in the team standings after the first round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The Seminoles made up five strokes on the final three holes to move from a tie for 12th in the team standings after 15 holes to within striking distance of the top five in the team standings with two rounds remaining to be played.
Salinas and Castelain are in a tie for 25th place in the individual standings with identical 1 over par scores of 73; both are also within striking distance of the moving into the top 10 – even the top five – with 36 holes left in the tournament.
No. 2 ranked Alabama, the highest ranked squad in the 18-team field, has raced out to the lead in the team standings. The Crimson Tide hold a six stroke lead over Georgia and a seen stroke lead over third place South Carolina. Alabama’s Jennifer Kirby tied the tournament record with a 6 under par score of 66 and is in first place in the team standings. She has a two stroke lead over teammate Brooke Pancake with 36 holes remaining to be played.
Salinas (Lima, Peru) began her surge on the 14th hole after an uncharacteristic pair of double bogeys. She proceeded to birdie hole No. 14 and closed the round with birdies on holes No. 17 and 18. She went from four over par over 14 holes to one over par at the conclusion of the round. Salinas totaled six birdies during the round and was par or better on 13 of her 15 holes.
“I feel like I played well except for those couple of holes on the back,” said Salinas. “Overall it was a good day but I know I can do much better. Tomorrow is a new day and I am ready to go low and help our team move up in the standings.”
Castelain (Bordeaux, France) was as impressive as she closed her round at 3 under par over her last 13 holes to finish with her 1 over par score of 73. After finding herself at 4 over par after her first five holes of the day, Castelain turned her day completely around with seven consecutive holes of par followed by four birdies on her final six holes of the round. Castelain, too, went from 4 over par after five holes to 1 over par at the end of the round.
After four bogeys on her first five holes of the afternoon, Castelain carded only one bogey – and one hole over par – on her final 13 holes.
The Seminoles also earned scores of 75 by each of its three remaining players in the starting five – juniors Malin Jansson (Nykvam, Sweden) and Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) and freshman Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.).
“Our putts finally started to fall and the nerves went away,” said head coach Amy Bond. “We certainly had our backs to the wall but they fought back hard and I am really happy about with fight. I knew they had the fight in them and I was waiting for it to appear. Hopefully, we can continue to utilize that aspect of our game for the remainder of the season.”
Florida State, ranked 25th in the latest GolfWeek Magazine poll, is currently ahead of No. 7 Auburn (tied for 10th) and tied with No. 26 Oklahoma in the team standings. The Seminoles are currently in second place among the three ACC teams in the event – behind Virginia (fifth place) and ahead of Wake Forest (13th place).
The Seminoles will play with Purdue and Oklahoma and will tee off beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results University of Georgia Golf Course/Athens, Ga./March 30-April 1, 2012 T8/18. Florida State 297 T25. Maria Salinas 73 T25. Laure Castelain 73 T41. Malin Jansson 75 T41. Jessica Negron 75 T41. Alex Milan 75
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic/Par 72/First Round Team Results University of Georgia Golf Course/Athens, Ga./March 30-April 1, 2012 1. Alabama 278 T8. Michigan State 296 2. Georgia 284 T10. Auburn 297 3. South Carolina 285 12. Notre Dame 301 4. Florida 286 13. Wake Forest 302 5. Virginia 287 14. Denver 303 T6. Kent State 293 T15. Missouri 305 T6. Purdue 293 T15. Arkansas 305 T8. Florida State 296 17. Georgia (B) 308 T8. Oklahoma 296 18. Augusta State 311